Very High Proficiency
Very Low Proficiency
While the rest of Europe is already proficient in English or steadily working towards that goal, France is on an entirely different trajectory. The
seven countries with the strongest English are all small European nations, whose size compels them to adopt an international outlook.
Poor English remains one of the key competitive weaknesses of Latin America. More than half of the countries in the region are in the lowest EF
EPI proficiency band. Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Chile have improved, but they still lack the large base of competent English speakers necessary
for a globalized workforce. Some countries in the region, including Mexico and Guatemala, have declining English proficiency.
Some Asian countries, in particular Indonesia and Vietnam, have transformed their English proficiency over the six-year period. China has
also improved, although less dramatically. Japan and South Korea, despite enormous private investment, have declined slightly.
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Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa are the weakest regions in English. These oil-rich nations have staked their futures on developing knowledge economies before their oil production peaks. An exception to the region’s lackluster performance is the United Arab Emirates, which has improved significantly.