One in five students have a migrant background in OECD countries, resulting in multi-lingual / multi-cultural classrooms. Yet only half of immigrants receive language support in OECD countries on average. Arriving in a new country and suddenly sitting in a new classroom must feel foreign enough without also being left to navigate learning a new language without support. Learning a language is the first step to opening up education systems to immigrants and helping them feel like they belong.
Moreover, not speaking the language of instruction holds back students’ learning. It is a key explaining factor behind the fact that two times as many foreign-born students leave education early in the European Union than natives……………………………..