Brazil is a country that has everything to gain from promoting English as a second language. You might read that English is “everywhere in Brazil”. This is not the case when you compare to the developed nations — look at Germany, for example, where most people are fluent in English as a second language — They have remained German and obviously they have kept their own language. From the developing countries of the Americas we have Mexico, who has a much larger percentage of its population with more command of English compared to Brazil. As mentioned before, the geographical location and the dependence on American tourism contributes to this. Sure there is English in Brazil, but far from enough. When you look at the recent development that has brought Brazil from being the ninth largest world economy to the seventh, and with predictions for jumping up to being the fifth in 2011, more comprehensive English learning conditions to more Brazilians can only help to empower them and to empower the country in the global arena.
Brazilians want to learn English, and the schools want to hire native speakers. The problem is that teachers have a hard time obtaining a visa and the competition favors going to other countries to teach English. One way to boost the industry of English Education as a Second Language is for the government to create a more friendly guest-work program to bring in more native English speaking teachers. This would probably be the first step.
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