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How English is taught around the world?

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How English is taught around the world?

The importance of English language proficiency today is difficult to overestimate. It is universal and is used for communication in different countries, due to which it is considered international. The minimum knowledge of this language will allow you to feel comfortable in a foreign state. Some people speak English very well, but not everywhere. Let's look at some of the important points regarding its study, using the example of several states.


Despite the wide spread and popularity of the German language in the world, in Germany they pay great attention to the study of English, recognizing its importance. Lessons begin in the second grade. The main feature of teaching is the minimum of explanations from the teacher and the maximum number of hours of independent work. The priority is for group tasks, acting out scenes and dialogues, discussing films and books, staging everyday scenes.


Almost 95% of Swedish residents are fluent in English. Most of the films, programs and cartoons for children are shown here in their original voice acting, accompanied by subtitles. That is why language learning begins here from early childhood. In schools, a lot of attention is paid to practical tasks. The learning process is facilitated by the fact that Swedish and English belong to the same language group.


Spain has a fairly high level of English proficiency. Some secondary subjects in the school are taught exclusively in this language.


Learning English begins in the third grade. There is no cramming of grammar here, the working off of the learned words occurs in the process of communication. Knowledge of the language in Finland is a prerequisite for a successful career. Most of the films and TV shows are also broadcast here in their original form.


The Japanese have a poor command of English, despite having been taught it in school for six years. The teaching system is characterized by low efficiency, there are many theoretical hours, and little practice. Learning difficulties are also associated with the large difference between Japanese and English. More in-depth study of the language usually begins in adulthood due to career aspirations.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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