The State of English in India
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India is a fascinating country with surprises around every corner, and it’s a firm favourite with tourists who want to experience a different side of Asia. As for a TEFL destination, it’s an interesting choice. It is possible to teach English as a Foreign Language in India but the market is not very big. How is the state of English in India?
How did English come to India?
English was introduced to India in the 1830s, during British rule. It was introduced by the British to improve trade and communication. English-medium schools and universities were opened and the British were able to rule the country through the use of English.
Fastforward 200 years and India currently has the second largest English-speaking population in the world, as a first language and as a second or additional language. Considering the number of countries in the world who speak English as a first language, this is an impressive statistic. Of the 840 million people who speak English all around the world, 125 million of those are in India.
What English do they speak in India?
Of course this does not say anything about the speakers’ levels of English. Indeed Indian speakers of English are said to speak a language which is more Hinglish (a hybrid of Hindi and English) than anything else, or Indian English, which can be any level of English.
While Hinglish is barely intelligible to speakers of English, Indian English is undoubtedly English, but with a distinct Indian flavour. Just as with any English, Indian English is changing. Regional varieties are becoming more apparent, as are regional accents.
English enjoys a unifying effect in India, between the Indo-European north and the Dravidian south. It has special regional status in India, meaning that it is used in all public institutions of the country – parliament, law courts, the media, the press and in education – but also that it is widely used in daily life. If you walk the streets of India, no matter where you are, you can know that you are never far from someone who can speak a bit of English.
What is the TEFL market like in India?
What all this means is that the English as a Foreign Language market in India is not very well-developed. There is a need and demand to upskill the general level of English but there are many Indians who are more than qualified to do the job. Students learn English at school so most people have at least a good grasp of the language if they are not at an advanced level. What’s more, the Indian students who really need tuition in English do not have the resources to be able to afford a TEFL teacher.
Because of this, there are not many positions for TEFL teachers at state schools. Instead, TEFL teachers can teach at a private school or an international school.
TEFL teachers need to have a TEFL certificate and a Bachelor’s degree to teach English as a Foreign Language in a private language school. Private language schools are able to pay decent salaries as they cater not only to Indian students but also to foreigners who come to India to learn English. To teach in an international school, which would pay very well, a teaching degree is preferable but not essential.
On the other hand, volunteer positions are located throughout the country. It is possible to find a volunteer position from within the country, but if you are looking for a position from home you might have to pay a company to join a volunteering programme.
Once you are on a programme, everything is taken care of for you, from airports transfers to accommodation and even food. You might be living with a local family or with other volunteers. Even though you won’t get paid you will have an incredible authentic Indian experience at the same time as helping out the local community, which is worth more than dollars in the bank.
India may not be your typical TEFL destination but it most certainly is a country worth considering. If you are looking for a TEFL position which will give you the experience of a lifetime, then India is for you.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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