The Saturday Paper
English delivery taken out of context
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”.