Is it fair to perceive those who are poor in English as less competent?

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“The story published by Times of India (dated January 5, 2014) triggered these questions and worth giving a thought which says fluent English speakers earn 34% more than others do.”

– Dr. Raj

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Do we actually perceive some one to be less competent if he/she speaks poor English? Is it possible to hide functional incompetence behind confidently spoken English? To what extent the HR tools and managerial assessments go beyond the poorly spoken English and test the competence to perform the job? Is English proficiency a threshold competence and a base criterion

is your english good enoughWhile some of the roles demand English to perform the job, there may be some roles where English may not be required to perform the job, but it still influences how one is perceived at work place. The story published by Times of India (dated January 5, 2014) triggered these questions and worth giving a thought. It says fluent English speakers earn 34% more than others do.

  • Is it fair to perceive someone as less competent due to poor English?
  • Is the managerial judgment influenced by the English proficiency?poor in english as less competent
  • Are the competence assessment tools unfairly rating those who are poor in English?
  • Is it true that those who are in poor in English need to work harder to prove their worth functionally? 

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