The effects of illiteracy are very similar in developing and developed countries. Illiterate people are trapped in a cycle of poverty with limited opportunities for employment or income generation and higher chances of poor health, turning to crime and dependence on social welfare or charity (if available).
By improving literacy, students have the chance to be in a much stronger position to comprehend higher level language which could well lead to better employment opportunities and a much more fruitful life.
ESTIMATE OF ENGLISH SPEAKING MARKET
Primary Education – 702 million children are enrolled in primary schools worldwide as of 2009. Secondary Education – 531 million students are enrolled in secondary schools worldwide as of 2009.
ESTIMATE OF LEARNING TO SPEAK ENGLISH MARKET
It is estimated that over 1 billion people are currently learning English worldwide and this figure is predicted to almost double to 1.9 billion in the next five years. www.ihlondon.com/news/2014/number-of-english-language-learners-keeps-on-growing/
According to the British Council, as of the year 2010 there were 750 million English as a foreign language speakers. In addition, there were 375 million English as a second language speakers.
COUNTRIES THAT REQUIRE THEIR CITIZENS TO LEARN ENGLISH ARE AS FOLLOWS:
English is the most-studied foreign language in the People’s Republic of China, India, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In China, English is a required language starting in third grade, although the quality of instruction varies greatly and most Chinese citizens do not have a good command of the language. The most common foreign language chosen by language learners in Europe is increasingly English (the most popular first foreign language in 23 of the 25 member states of the European Union which do not have English as the language of instruction), followed by French and German. Some 90% of pupils learn English as a foreign language, whether the choice of language is obligatory or parental.