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Tuesday, November 15 2022 - 11:00
The Netherlands, Singapore, and Austria Top EF's Global English Proficiency Index
ZURICH, Nov. 15, 2022, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Worldwide English Trends Revealed in Survey of Over Two Million Adults

EF Education First [ ] (EF) today released the 2022 edition 
of its EF English Proficiency Index [ ] (EF EPI), 
analyzing data from 2.1 million non-native English speakers in 111 countries 
and regions. The Netherlands retained first place, while Singapore surged to 
second, cracking the top three again since becoming the first ASEAN nation to 
do so in 2018. 

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"This year's index reflects the pandemic's impact – from a concerning decline 
in English proficiency among young people to unexpectedly high proficiency 
outside big cities, which has remote work implications," said EF EPI author 
Kate Bell. "The report tracks stories of remarkable progress and discouraging 
The EF EPI is based on scores from the EF Standard English Test [ ] (EF SET), used by governments, companies, and schools 
for large-scale testing as well as millions of individual test takers.  

Key findings include:

-  English proficiency improved for adults over 25, with over 40s improving the 
most. Proficiency among adults 21 – 25 was unchanged but declined for the 18-20 
cohort by a striking 50 points since 2020.

-  In Europe, lower-proficiency groups are catching up, with large countries 
bordering the European Union fueling the region's continuing rise. Europe is 
the only region where young adults have not lost ground.

-  Central and South America continue to improve remarkably; but have the 
widest age-related score difference in the world, with scores for the 18-20 
cohort declining significantly since 2020.

-  Asia's regional average declined slightly due to drops in the Philippines 
and China, although most countries surveyed improved somewhat and three climbed 
into a higher proficiency band.

-  This year, the gender gap has widened, with men's English proficiency 
continuing to outpace women. This appears to be driven by biased education 
systems or unequal access.  
-  Large cities don't always have the best English. Of the 500+ cities 
measured, 130 did not outscore their region and another 130 barely did. This 
has implications for recruitment given the shift toward remote work.

-  English proficiency in Africa and the Middle East was stable. Outcomes 
remain stubbornly low across ages in the Middle East, although a narrowing 
gender-related proficiency gap is a positive development.  Africa has some of 
the widest proficiency gaps in the world, both in age and gender.

The EF EPI report is available for download [ 

EF Education First provides culturally immersive education through language, 
travel, cultural exchange, and academic programs in over 100 countries. Founded 
in Sweden in 1965, EF's mission is opening the world through education.

SOURCE: EF Education First (EF)