Who Speaks Better English?
Education First, “The World Leader in International Education” (as it calls itself) released what it called “the world’s first index to compare the English-language ability of adults in different countries,” which caused a flurry of excitement in the international news media. You can download the full report here. The report, compiled based on the results of online testing of more than 2 million adults around the world, had some interesting-if highly debatable-results.
India comes in at #30-just one slot behind China, a fact that is generating no little excitement in the blogosphere. India, with its strong “anglophone tradition” had been pegged to do perform better than its neighbor, as the study said: “Despite its British colonial legacy, extensive use of English for administrative purposes and vibrant English media, India is now no more proficient in English than rapidly improving China.” Not that Education First could “guarantee” any results, however: “only people wanting to learn English or curious about their English skills would have participated and the fact that the tests were online excluded those without Internet access.”