English proficiency is not a strong point for Thais: their level is falling again for the third year in a row, according to the annual English Proficiency Index developed by EF Education First World Education Society.
The English Proficiency Index is based on an analysis of the results of 2.3 million people who have passed the English language tests administered by EF Education.
The report shows that Thailand fell to 74th out of 100 countries, a 10 points drop compared to 2018, with a score of 47.62 considered a “very low” competence.
The report found that English skills are improving around the world. However, in Asia, they have stagnated in the last five years.
The report estimates that countries such as Thailand and Cambodia, whose economies are highly dependent on tourism, could suffer from a lack of fluency in English. With English as the de facto international language, tourists are more likely to choose a competing destination where it is easier to travel with English as the only language.
In 2018, Thailand ranked 64th out of 48 countries studied in the report with a score of 48.54, while in 2017, it ranked 53rd out of 80 countries with a score of 49.7.
Thailand has the third lowest score of Southeast Asian countries, behind Indonesia and ahead only of Myanmar and Cambodia, and ranks 17th out of 25 Asian countries.
By region, central and northern Thailand had slightly higher English skills than those in the north-east and south. Bangkok has the highest level of English proficiency in Thailand, followed by Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Khon Kaen.
Men in Thailand score slightly higher than women in the report, with grades of 48.68 and 47.59 respectively.
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