Hello. Indubitably, English is the most widely-learned and most sought after second language. Figures and data reveal that, this indeed is the lingua franca of globalization. Because of these, thousands or even hundreds of thousands of youngsters and even senior citizens from all over the globe troop to English speaking nations just to learn it by means of total immersion. Summertime is usually peak season for crash courses. Some devote a full season or even a year towards this end. In view of this, English institutions and academe in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and even Malta make a killing, making their locus a veritable melting pot fraught with variety of accents. English teaching is a lucrative enterprise for entities like the British Council, etc. But my question is - in your country, is the teaching of English as a Second Language sufficient enough obviating studies in Anglophone nations to attain fluency? If so, what are the factors that are helpful in promoting the learning of English outside the four walls of the classroom? I would like to hear from those who come from countries in which the native language is not English and yet the people have good command of it like Scandinavian nations, Benelux, Slavic countries, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Greece, African nations, etc. Also, I would like to hear from people from Central and South America where English is fast gaining ground. Or from any spot wherein, a tourist will only need to speak English and enjoy their visit as though they were just visiting US or Uk. Thanks a lot.