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

British Council / Education Intelligence
British Council / Education Intelligence

Introduction. “The third-largest country in South America, Peru is home to varied habitats that provide a wealth of biodiversity. The 19th and early 20th centuries were characterised by immigration, and groups or Peruvians of with Chinese and Japanese descent remain influential today. In the 1980s, the trend turned more towards emigration, reflecting the effects of an economic crisis and political conflict between the state and guerrilla groups. Improved economic conditions have stemmed the outflow, but while the poverty rate has dropped substantially over the last decade, over a quarter of the population remains economically vulnerable. Foreign investors are showing increasing interest in Peru’s mineral wealth, and the country’s efforts to boost English levels reflect its goal of expanding and internationalising the economy further.”