India chases language of success

India will become the world’s most populous country within decades. Already it has more children in its schools than China. And there is now a huge and growing demand from parents from all social backgrounds that their children learn English. English may now be regarded as a key ingredient in India’s economic success, but estimates of how many Indians actually know the language lack credibility, with numbers ranging from 11 million to 350 million. As with most things in India, English proficiency is distributed very unevenly across the diverse socio-economic groups. Guardian, 20 January 2010. Read the whole article…

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