English for millions

The Swedish language teaching company EF are teaching 1 million Brasilians English to better communicate with the visitors to Rio during the Olympic Games.

Why are EF teaching English? Just because this language is widely accepted as the internationally accepted language.

Why are refugees in Sweden taught Swedish? Is it because Swedish is the next to English most international language? Obviously not. The reason might be that knowledge of English is overrated among the Swedes.

How efficient is the SFI. Probably not so good as frequently news about lack of teachers and difficulties to organise the SFI are spread in media. How many refugees in Sweden can immediately be employed as teachers of Arabic speaking refugees. Will English learning hamper the learning of Swedish later on?

Does EF in their homeland have any ideas on how to improve the understanding of foreigners in Sweden?

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