Sunday, March 3

How Is Your English?





I have recently read about a survey that measures the level of English skills in different countries.



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The survey was the EPI (English Proficiency Index) by Education First. The survey involved 54 countries around the world. It gave free English tests to a total of just under 2 million people during a period of 3 years.  



Here is a summary of the results in Asia:




Rank

Country

Score

Level

12
Singapore
58.65
High Proficiency

13
Malaysia
57.95
High Proficiency

14
India
57.49
Moderate Proficiency

17
Pakistan
56.03
Moderate Proficiency

21
South Korea
55.35
Moderate Proficiency

22
Japan
55.14
Moderate Proficiency

25
Hong Kong
53.65
Moderate Proficiency

27
Indonesia
53.51
Low Proficiency

30
Taiwan
54.42
Low Proficiency

31
Vietnam
52.14
Low Proficiency

36
China
49.00
Low Proficiency

53
Thailand
44.36
Very low proficiency




If you would like to see the rest of the survey and find your country’s results, just click:







I have to tell you though that the survey doesn’t include all countries.




Deeper



Let’s take the example of Japan to look at the results by region, gender, and age.



Japan got a score of 55.14, below the average of 58.58.



The scores recorded in Tokyo and the Kanto area are higher than those in other regions. This is mostly because they have more foreign businesses and opportunities to use English.



Women scored slightly higher than men. On the other hand, young people between 18 to 25 years of age got the highest scores.



English skills slowly decline for middle-aged and older Japanese.



The data show that once learners leave school, there are fewer opportunities for them to enhance their English.  



If you compare the findings in other countries, for instance in China, you will see that English skills rise steadily from the early 30s.



EF Japan President Sang-Chul Lee interpreted the results in this quote:



Despite Japan’s record of excellence in areas such as mathematics, its English proficiency is still relatively weak compared to other developed countries. However, with the focus on English education in elementary and junior high schools in recent years, and Japanese companies increasingly adopting English as their official language, many people are diligently learning English.




In General



The results were studied according to each region or country in particular, but I think we can find some similarities among different countries, especially those in Asia.



For example, speaking about Japan, Mr. Lee continues:



The problem from a [Japanese] perspective is that, although knowledge of grammar may be relatively strong, having the confidence and the ability to actually communicate with international citizens remains a challenge. Particularly in this increasingly globalized environment – with Japanese companies accelerating international expansion efforts – it is critical to be able to break down not only language but also cultural barriers and operate as truly global citizens (emphasis mine).”




How about you? How is your English skill? Can you say that you can strike a balance between paper-based theory and practical communication? If you have a high TOEIC score in Listening and Reading, have you also tried TOEIC Speaking?  



Are you able to apply your knowledge in real communication with other people?


Keep on learning !












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