SURPRISING things continue to happen in Chile. Last week the country's Supreme Court decided that the 90-year-old General Pinochet is fit enough to stand trial on charges of murder and torture committed during the military regime he ran for almost thirty years. Now comes the news that the Chilean government is launching a campaign to make its 15 million citizens fluent in the English language. Under a programme called English Opens Doors, schools throughout the country will intensify their teaching of English and companies will be offered tax incentives for encouraging their employees to master the second language. The ambitious aim is to make Chile a bi-lingual country within twenty years.
Chile adopts English