Multi-Lingual Indian Children Learn English Faster, Finds Study

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London, Nov. 15 -- The competence and confidence in Indian languages strongly influences the ability of children to learn and read in English, according to a study of primary children in India which was conducted by the British Council and Pratham, a charity organisation.

The study, titled 'English Impact Report: Investigating English Language Learning Outcomes at the Primary School Level in Rural India', was released at the British Council here on Wednesday.

Rukmini Banerji, who led the report team at Pratham, said: "We believe that in a multi-lingual country like India we should think about reading in the broadest sense - reading in the regional or local language is as important as the ability to read in an international language like English".

She added: "The evidence also shows that children's competence and confidence in one language strongly influences their capability in other languages so it is vital that the power of these links is considered within the context of language teaching. …