Friday, August 12, 2011

I Didn't Expect This...

Students whose first language is an Indian dialect do better in English than native speakers.
It's long been known that Indian students outperform their global counterparts in science and math. But here's a stunning finding: even students whose mother tongue is an Indian language fare better in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (Toefl) than those whose native language is English. That's according to a recent analysis by Educational Testing Service, or ETS, which conducts Toefl. British students applying to American universities are required to take the test too.
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I guess, like, I shouldn't, you know what I'm saying, be surprised or like anything. Whatever.

1 comment:

Erica said...

I've worked with many international students studying for the TOEFL. Have you ever looked at the vocabulary that's tested? There are words that I have never heard of in my life that foreign students are expected to learn. Honesty, it's more a test of how well you can memorize obscure words than anything else...

The findings from ETS are much less sensational than they appear!