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Overseas Students: English Language

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students undertook English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in each year between 2000 and 2005, broken down by nationality of students. (128808)

The number of enrolments to ESOL courses in each year between 2000 and 2005 is as follows:

Number

2000/01

159,000

2001/02

302,000

2002/03

413,000

2003/04

488,000

2004/05

484,000

2005/06

1504,000

1 Based on data up to October 2006, both confirmed and estimated.

Data on learners is gathered through the individualised learner record (ILR). Its primary function is to capture learner suitability to a learning aim and ensure correct payment to the provider of learning, and as such, there is no field on the ILR designed to capture a learner’s nationality.