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It's known that Indian students beat their foreign counterparts in Maths and Science. 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. An analysis by the ETS which conducts Toefl (Test of English as a Foreign Language) has showed that candidates whose mother tongue is an Indian language fared much better than those whose native language was English.
This hardly comes as a surprise seeing the widespread usage of English language among Indians. Realising the importance of English in a highly globalised world, some governments have been forced to introduce English as the medium of instruction in public schools. It seems that everybody in India knows a fair amount of English. With Indians being fundamentally bright, they can apply themselves to a task when it comes to the language. Kerala and Tamil Nadu have had English in all regional-language schools from as early as the records read. Many experts also feel that the usage of the language has increased in daily life, hence students have a better understanding of the language.
However there are many surprised by ETS findings. Adil Jussawalla, who taught English as a foreign language to Indian students in London before returning to Mumbai, said he was amazed at the scores ETS had come up with. He feels that this could only be possible if these Indian students were taking language courses or getting trained before taking Toefl. Otherwise, this does not tie up with another statistic which found Indian students who go abroad poor at English.
However, ETS authorities say that despite Indians scoring better it is not fair to make comparisons. Speaking to The Times of India, ETS executive vice-president and chief operating officer, says, "TOEFL provides accurate scores at the individual level; it is not appropriate for comparing countries. The differences in the number of students taking the test in each country, how early English is introduced into the curriculum, how many hours per week are devoted to learning English, and the fact that those taking the test are not representative of all English speakers in each country or any defined population."