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Chinese children learning English in the school holidays, Liverpool, August 1971

© © Manchester Daily Express/Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Linda Dawsing teaches the sons and daughters of Chinese families recently arrived to live on Merseyside: ‘Only four weeks ago, the 60 youngsters knew hardly a word of English. But now, after going on the specially devised crash course, they can all chatter away in English. The children, aged between 6 and 16, now know enough English to understand and be understood in their new life, and have lost their shyness and reserve.’