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Thailand is falling further behind in English language skills

EF’s survey of 1.3 million adults highlights global trends in English proficiency
Bangkok, Thailand, November 7, 2018: EF Education First has released its annual global ranking of English proficiency today, drawing on data from 1.3 million non-native English speakers in 88 countries and regions. With a low English proficiency, Thailand is ranked 64 globally - a drop from last year’s 53rd place - and 16 out of 21 in Asia.

For the fourth time in eight years, Sweden tops the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), bumping last year’s top-scorer, the Netherlands, to second place.

“Thailand dropped 11 slots in one year in our global ranking of English proficiency,” said Dr. Minh N. Tran, EF’s Senior Director of Research. “Our EF EPI research shows that countries and individuals that invest in English education and that recognize the importance of the language as a lever for competitiveness improve their proficiency year after year. Published by EF, this ranking has become the de facto reference point for governments, companies, and educators when they discuss English skills,” she added.

Key findings of this year’s EF EPI include:
  • Europe remains the global leader in English proficiency. Eight of the top 10 spots in the ranking are held by European countries.
  • For the first time ever, an Asian nation enters the top three slots, with Singapore ranking third. However, Asia continues to possess a large regional divide between the highest (3rd rank for Singapore) and lowest proficiency countries (86th rank for Uzbekistan).

Regional Rank
Global Rank
Country in Asia
EF EPI Proficiency Band
1
3
Singapore
Very High
2
14
Philippines
High
3
22
Malaysia
High
4
28
India
Moderate
5
30
Hong Kong SAR
Moderate
6
31
South Korea
Moderate
7
41
Vietnam
Moderate
8
44
Macau SAR
Moderate
9
47
China
Low
10
48
Taiwan
Low
11
49
Japan
Low
12
50
Pakistan
Low
13
51
Indonesia
Low
14
58
Sri Lanka
Low
15
63
Bangladesh
Low
16
64
Thailand
Low
17
80
Kazakhstan
Very Low
18
82
Myanmar
Very Low
19
84
Afghanistan
Very Low
20
85
Cambodia
Very Low
21
86
Uzbekistan
Very Low

  • Africa shows stronger gains in English proficiency than any other region, with Algeria, Egypt, and South Africa improving by two or more points.
  • Latin America is the only region to show a slight overall decline in English proficiency. Scores in the region remain more uniform than anywhere else, with only a small gap between the lowest and highest proficiency countries.
  • Women continue to outpace men in English skills worldwide, and this gender gap has been widening since 2016.
  • New correlations indicate that societies with higher English proficiency are more egalitarian. Among other metrics, these countries enroll more girls in preschool and report a greater proportion of women with bank accounts.

The EF EPI is based on test scores from the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), the world’s first free standardized English test. Thousands of schools, companies, and governments worldwide use the EF SET for large-scale testing.

The EF EPI 2018 report and regional fact sheets are available for download at www.ef.com/epi. The EF EPI 2018 ranking is below.

About EF Education First

EF Education First is a global education company focusing on language, academic, cultural exchange, and educational travel programs. With a mission to open the world through education, EF was founded in 1965 and has 580 schools and offices in more than 50 countries.


EF English Proficiency Index 2018 Ranking of Countries and Regions:

Rank
Country or Region
EF EPI Proficiency Band
1
Sweden
Very High
2
Netherlands
Very High
3
Singapore
Very High
4
Norway
Very High
5
Denmark
Very High
6
South Africa
Very High
7
Luxembourg
Very High
8
Finland
Very High
9
Slovenia
Very High
10
Germany
Very High
11
Belgium
Very High
12
Austria
Very High
13
Poland
High
14
Philippines
High
15
Switzerland
High
16
Romania
High
17
Croatia
High
18
Serbia
High
19
Portugal
High
20
Czech Republic
High
21
Hungary
High
22
Malaysia
High
23
Greece
High
24
Slovakia
High
25
Bulgaria
High
26
Lithuania
High
27
Argentina
High
28
India
Moderate
29
Nigeria
Moderate
30
Hong Kong SAR
Moderate
31
South Korea
Moderate
32
Spain
Moderate
33
Lebanon
Moderate
34
Italy
Moderate
35
France
Moderate
36
Costa Rica
Moderate
37
Dominican Republic
Moderate
38
Belarus
Moderate
39
Senegal
Moderate
40
Uruguay
Moderate
41
Vietnam
Moderate
42
Russia
Moderate
43
Ukraine
Moderate
44
Macau SAR
Moderate
45
Georgia
Low
46
Chile
Low
47
China
Low
48
Taiwan
Low
49
Japan
Low
50
Pakistan
Low
51
Indonesia
Low
52
Albania
Low
53
Brazil
Low
54
Ethiopia
Low
55
Guatemala
Low
56
Panama
Low
57
Mexico
Low
58
Sri Lanka
Low
59
Peru
Low
60
Colombia
Low
61
Bolivia
Low
62
Egypt
Low
63
Bangladesh
Low
64
Thailand
Low
65
Ecuador
Low
66
Iran
Very Low
67
Morocco
Very Low
68
Tunisia
Very Low
69
Honduras
Very Low
70
El Salvador
Very Low
71
United Arab Emirates
Very Low
72
Nicaragua
Very Low
73
Turkey
Very Low
74
Jordan
Very Low
75
Venezuela
Very Low
76
Syria
Very Low
77
Azerbaijan
Very Low
78
Kuwait
Very Low
79
Oman
Very Low
80
Kazakhstan
Very Low
81
Algeria
Very Low
82
Myanmar
Very Low
83
Saudi Arabia
Very Low
84
Afghanistan
Very Low
85
Cambodia
Very Low
86
Uzbekistan
Very Low
87
Iraq
Very Low
88
Libya
Very Low

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