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Keith C.Barton and Linda S.Levstik

In December 2006, the Home Office announced that people wishing to have residency in the UK had to take a test in the English language. This was a reinforcement of the exam already in place for those wishing to gain British nationality. That there was a need for individuals to become conversant with the English language was seen by many as a necessary tool in their integration into the country. It made them more employable and allowed them to take a more active part in society. But the need for English language as a means of citizenship is a far more complex instrument than that.

In his Notes Towards a Definition of Culture, TS Eliot wrote that education was,

A subject which ...

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