Interesting thread, this.
According to the Home Office, there are two criteria to be satisfied:
1) sufficient knowledge of life in the UK; and
2) sufficient knowledge of the English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic language.
One wonders how many applicants choose to demonstrate knowledge of Welsh or
Scottish Gaelic rather than English..
In any event, the knowledge of life in the UK test is only available through
the medium of English.
which says that, at present, the test is only available in English, but will
be offered in Welsh and Scottish Gaelic in the future. The test will not be
made available in any other languages.
Do list members feel that the same knowledge of life test, particularly the
history elements, should be applied in all parts of the UK?
John Fraser Williams
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Teaching Basic British to Foreign Students
I'd have thought that specifying the 'British Empire' would tend to
concentrate minds on specifically overseas issues whereas 'Britain 1750 -
1900' is somewhat more inclusive. One cannot, after all, discuss the
history of Britain at this time without including the empire but it would be
all too easy for discussion of the Empire specifically to overlook what was
going on in Britain at the same time in terms of industrial and scientific
development, social change and so on. The briefest acquaintance with the
archaeological (and historical) data pertaining to exports from Britain (for
example) shows how tied into a global economy many industries were
(engineering, iron and steel production, ceramics to name just three). A
rounded view of the period should perhaps try to give the bigger picture
rather than focussing too narrowly. But as I have virtually no involvement
with the world of education, this view is probably irrelevant.
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