The Saturday Paper

English delivery taken out of context

- – Helen Moore, Cook, ACT

Great work Santilla Chingaipe (“Unsettling changes”, June 24-30) in bringing readers’ attention to the other side of the coin regarding testing migrants’ English, namely the current downgradin­g and disruption of the already meagre provision for people to learn English. The terminatio­n of an exemplary Melbourne program was described, which had included invaluable opportunit­ies for refugee youth to integrate with and contribute to the wider society, such as learning umpiring with the Western Bulldogs and performing their own work at La Mama Theatre. Ironically, the program’s end is concurrent with a parliament­ary inquiry into “antisocial behaviour” by so-called “migrant youth”.

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