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Ysabel de la Rosa

Very interesting item. It's important to recognize that the 75 percent of students studying English may or may not be comfortable speaking / hearing / writing it later (just as there are thousands of Americans who studied languages in college, but have no real comfort level when it comes to actually using those languages). I hope English-speakers don't take this trend as yet another "reason" not to have to learn additional languages or to assume that they don't have to work to understand the other party, English-speaking or not.
In addition to the internet, based on my communications with people of different cultures and countries, the marked increase in the decision to study English has a lot to do with Business . . . It's seen as a necessity for careers, even for getting hired at entry-level positions.
Your comment about centrifugal and centripetal language learning is fascinating. Makes one's head spin. :-)

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