Thailand Rated Non- English Speaking Country Despite Large Tourism Industry

Thailand Rated Non- English Speaking Country Despite Large Tourism Industry
Volunteer teaching English in Thailand
Volunteer teaching English in Thailand
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BANGKOK – According to the EF English Proficiency Index 2015 of Education First Language Institute, Thailand is rated as a non-English speaking country with very low English proficiency, ranking the 14th out of 16 countries in Asia and the 62nd out of 70 countries worldwide.

The EF English Proficiency Index is the world’s most comprehensive ranking of countries by adult English skills.


14th out of 16 Asian countries, English proficiency, low ranking, Thailand.
14th out of 16 Asian countries, English proficiency, low ranking, Thailand. Click image to enlarge

According to the report, Thailand shows the steepest decline in the region since last year and remains in the lowest proficiency band. Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan have not improved from last year but they score better than most of the countries in Asia.

Thailand’s English proficiency remains low despite the country’s large tourism industry.

The findings were based on English tests by 910,000 adults from 70 countries in 2014.

Countries which score the highest marks for English proficiency are Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Ranked at the bottom is Libya.

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