Do you speak English? Not in Thailand

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Malaysia has the highest English language proficiency level in the entire Asian region, according to a latest research by Swiss-based international education company EF Education First (EF).

Thailand, on the other hand, ranks 55 out of 60 surveyed countries, two notches lower than in the 2012 survey, the newest EF English Proficiency Index shows.

The results revealed that Malaysia, which was placed in the ‘High Proficiency’ category, had overtaken Singapore who fell behind to 12th position in the world ranking. Malaysia scored 58.99 points in the survey while neighbouring Singapore received a 58.92 score.

Sweden topped the list of the ‘Very High Proficiency’ category with Norway and Netherlands trailing in second and third place the country respectively. Other countries listed as among the best were Estonia, Denmark, Austria and Finland.

EF said that the 2013 country rankings were based on tests taken by 750,000 adults from 60 countries in 2012. The seven countries with the strongest English, the EF said, were all small European nations “whose size compels them to adopt an international outlook.”

Other key findings in the survey also concluded that some Asian countries, such as Indonesia and Vietnam, have transformed their English proficiency over the six-year period.



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[caption id="attachment_17415" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click to enlarge[/caption] Malaysia has the highest English language proficiency level in the entire Asian region, according to a latest research by Swiss-based international education company EF Education First (EF). Thailand, on the other hand, ranks 55 out of 60 surveyed countries, two notches lower than in the 2012 survey, the newest EF English Proficiency Index shows. The results revealed that Malaysia, which was placed in the ‘High Proficiency’ category, had overtaken Singapore who fell behind to 12th position in the world ranking. Malaysia scored 58.99 points in the survey while neighbouring Singapore received a 58.92...

English proficiency
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Malaysia has the highest English language proficiency level in the entire Asian region, according to a latest research by Swiss-based international education company EF Education First (EF).

Thailand, on the other hand, ranks 55 out of 60 surveyed countries, two notches lower than in the 2012 survey, the newest EF English Proficiency Index shows.

The results revealed that Malaysia, which was placed in the ‘High Proficiency’ category, had overtaken Singapore who fell behind to 12th position in the world ranking. Malaysia scored 58.99 points in the survey while neighbouring Singapore received a 58.92 score.

Sweden topped the list of the ‘Very High Proficiency’ category with Norway and Netherlands trailing in second and third place the country respectively. Other countries listed as among the best were Estonia, Denmark, Austria and Finland.

EF said that the 2013 country rankings were based on tests taken by 750,000 adults from 60 countries in 2012. The seven countries with the strongest English, the EF said, were all small European nations “whose size compels them to adopt an international outlook.”

Other key findings in the survey also concluded that some Asian countries, such as Indonesia and Vietnam, have transformed their English proficiency over the six-year period.



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