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India go down two spots in English speaking, Singapore tops list

News Agencies | First published: 16 November 2016, 16:03 IST
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According to a new report, India has slipped two spots compared to last year in English proficiency rankings while China has improved its ranking.

India is placed at the 22nd spot in the new report released by Swedish education company EF Education First in China's capital Beijing yesterday. In 2015, India was placed at 20th spot by the same study.

Singapore ranked first in Asia for English proficiency followed by Malaysia, Philippines and India.

Meanwhile, General English proficiency in China has improved year-on-year, but is still lingering at the intermediate to basic level, the report said.

China, which in recent times has been putting an emphasis on English education, rose eight places to the 39th spot among 72 countries and regions figuring well above Pakistan which was placed at the 48th spot.

In China, residents of Shanghai and Hong Kong were found to be the most proficient in English according to a report by state-run China Daily.

The report is based on the EF Standard English Test results of 950,000 adults from 72 countries and regions across the world.

The test, which consists of reading and listening, was developed by Education First.

Elsewhere in the world, the report found that adults from the Netherlands are the best English speakers among people from non-English speaking countries.

The Danes and Swedes ranked second and third, respectively.

--PTI

First published: 16 November 2016, 16:03 IST
 
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