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Post time 2011-4-11 19:39:01 |Display all floors
An interesting study with an unexpected outcome:



China has pipped neighbouring rival India in English language proficiency skills, despite the South Asian nation's strong anglophone tradition, according to a new study.

Both countries were given a "low-proficiency" score, with China standing 29th, one place ahead of India in a list of 44 countries rated according to an English proficiency index.

The study was carried out by EF Education (EF), the world's largest privately held education company that specialises in language training and other education areas.

"Despite its British colonial legacy, extensive use of English for administrative purposes and vibrant English media, India is now no more proficient in English than rapidly improving China," the study said.

A large English-speaking population has been one of the key factors behind the boom in outsourcing to India which has seen Western companies set up IT back-up or call centres in cities such as Bangalore and Hyderabad.

But numerous experts have warned that India is losing this linguistic edge to its giant neighbour which is pouring far more resources into English-language teaching.

The study used data from 2.4 million adults globally who took free online English tests between 2007 and 2008, and EF acknowledged that the results could not be "guaranteed" to be representative of any country as a whole.

Only people wanting to learn English or curious about their English skills would have participated and the fact that the tests were online excluded those without Internet access.

Nevertheless the findings published earlier this month were similar to a 2009 British Council report that highlighted a "huge shortage" of English teachers and quality institutions in India.

The report concluded that China "may already have more people who speak English than India."

And India's own National Knowledge Commission has admitted that no more than one percent of the population uses English as a second language.

The EF study said there were currently more than 100,000 native English speaking teachers working in China where the private English training market is estimated to be worth three billion dollars.

"The ability to communicate in English (in China) has become synonymous with better professional opportunities and higher income levels. English is regarded as a key criterion in white collar job hunting," it said.

Out of 44 countries rated in the EF index, Norway boasted the highest level of English proficiency, while Kazakhstan was at the bottom of the list.

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Post time 2011-4-11 19:52:16 |Display all floors
I am taking interpretation training courses on recent weekends.

I was "shocked" at how well the young people today can speak English. Their fluency, pronounciation, vocabulary, accuracy of understanding and intrepretation...

I have to say I envy them, but I should be happy, because they are the future of China.

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Post time 2011-4-11 20:02:01 |Display all floors
Originally posted by NE_Tigress at 2011-4-11 20:52
I am taking interpretation training courses on recent weekends.

I was "shocked" at how well the young people today can speak English. Their fluency, pronounciation, vocabulary, accura ...



I agree, this is good news. In my opinion it's very important to educate youngsters in foreign languages, in particular in the world's most important language which is English.

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Post time 2011-4-11 20:14:52 |Display all floors

I am not surprised

English education in China is done exclusively by the Native English speakers while in India its done mainly by Indians. On the other hand the English education in China is still costlier than English education in India.

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Post time 2011-4-11 21:23:44 |Display all floors
The point is that in India only its elite is well-educated in English but this share represents only a small fraction of its people :)

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Post time 2011-4-12 09:42:46 |Display all floors
Originally posted by GoChina888 at 2011-4-11 06:53 PM
The point is that in India only its elite is well-educated in English but this share represents only a small fraction of its people :)


May be it also because the quality of English education in India is not  done well like the one taught by native English speakers in China.

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Post time 2011-4-12 10:49:06 |Display all floors

Agree!

Of course China people speak better English then India people.  Our China have more than 5000 years of culture and do most things very good.  Our education system also much gooder.  I study Chinese for seven years ago and my English now very better than India people speak English.  Also, China people than India people more beautifuler.  Do you agree?   

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