English: Language of opportunity: Track 1

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Do people that speak English receive better opportunities in life than those who don’t? How essential is fluency in English when pursuing an occupation in the current climate? In this collection we consider these questions in developing job markets such as Malaysia and China, amongst other countries. This series of films explores the relationship between speaking the English language and establishing yourself within a successful career domestically or internationally, as well as examining the economic and social divisions that can be caused when only certain groups of people are given access to English. This material forms part of The Open University course U214 Worlds of English.

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Track 1: English in Indian schools

In Bangalore private schools teach English whereas most state schools teach in the local dialect.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 English in Indian schools    In Bangalore private schools teach English whereas most state schools teach in the local dialect. Play now English in Indian schools
2 English in science    In science English is currently the language of choice. Play now English in science
3 English in China    Since the Chinese economy has opened up, interest in speaking English has increased. Play now English in China
4 English in Malaysia    In Malaysia there was a concern that not having English as a national language might hamper economic growth. Play now English in Malaysia
5 Speaking English in the U.K    Raghavendra and Nandini's families have had a relationship with English for many generations. Play now Speaking English in the U.K
6 Speaking English in Canada    For many migrants moving to Canada English is essential for beginning a career. Play now Speaking English in Canada

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