Teachers' union leaders fear that existing language specialists may lose their jobs as schools will be able to decide how to spend the money. Headteachers will be free to choose to spend the cash on books, specialist staff or training.
Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:
"While we welcome the extra funding, it is a pity that the Government has chosen to threaten existing teams which have shown such good service to ethnic-minority pupils. We will fight any redundancies."
A Government spokeswoman said the threat of redundancies was minimal as specialists would be needed to train other staff.