English in Chile. An examination of policy, perceptions and influencing factors

British Council / Education Intelligence
British Council / Education Intelligence

Introduction. “Chile is one of Latin America’s most stable and prosperous nations. Its economy was the fastest growing in the region in the 1990s, reflecting effective economic policies, and Chile has weathered recent regional economic instability well. Despite economic growth, significant income and wealth inequality is a persistent challenge. Chile is the world’s largest producer of copper and is keen to diversify away from this industry by internationalising and creating a more globally competitive workforce. Cultural diversity is also significant, and indigenous people comprise approximately 4.6 per cent of the population.1 Reforms in the post-Pinochet era have aimed to create opportunities for all, including universal access to quality education.”