From the executive to the entrepreneur, the programmer to the public servant, nearly every professional gains access to a wealth of resources and opportunities by mastering English. In a world where integration is the norm, English has become the medium of cross-cultural communication for a growing number of people in an increasingly diverse set of situations. No skill since literacy has held such potential to increase the efficiency and earning power of so many. The impact of English on the global economy is undeniable.
Over the past decade, EF Education First (EF) has tested the English skills of millions of adults around the world. Each year, EF publishes the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), a worldwide benchmark for measuring and tracking adult English proficiency over time. The EF EPI adds to ongoing discussions about the strategic importance of English in the world today.
This sixth edition of the EF EPI ranks 72 countries and territories based on test data from more than 950,000 adults who took our online English tests in 2015. The first section of the report looks at the relationship between English and a range of economic and social indicators, including earning power, innovation, and connectivity. The second section examines the position of English in four different regions of the world – Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – and discusses the challenges and opportunities that countries in these regions experience as they strive to develop English-speaking workforces. Highlights of this year's findings include:
English skills are a basic requirement in today’s global economy. Mastery of a language is difficult and expensive, but parents and professionals understand the value of investing in English training, and companies and governments recognize the link between workforce English and longterm competitiveness in the 21st century.
In this sixth edition of the EF EPI, we have reviewed the challenges countries face in providing quality English education to large populations of students, and the diverse approaches and strategies they employ. We discussed the role English plays in driving innovation, and the opportunities that exist for leveraging technology for more efficient and personalized learning.
Our research leads us to identify the following best practices in effective English education:
The EF English Proficiency Index for Schools
The EF English Proficiency Index for Companies (EF EPI-c) is an evaluation of global workforce English skills.
Participate in the next EF EPI report by taking the EF SET – the world's first free standardized English test.