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The International English Skills Barometer reveals a decline in the level of English among young French adults

The International English Skills Barometer reveals a decline in the level of English among young French adults

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there France lasts foreverPosition again behind Italy and Spain in the European rankings

Paris, November 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — EF education first(EF) Company specializes in Language remains The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), the largest international survey of adults’ English proficiency, today released the 2023 edition of its English Proficiency Index. The barometer, calculated from test results of 2.2 million people in 113 countries and territories for whom English is not their first language, reveals a worrying decline in English skills among young people over the past five years and a growing gap between men and women. so, French (34me in 2022) crossing 43me Position in the world rankings Behind Spain and Italy this year.

This year’s index portrays the illusion of global stability, where English is the same for everyone, but the reality is that gains in some countries and regions are offset by losses in others.“, said Kate Bell, author of EF EPI. “Language is essential for sharing ideas and building understanding. As a gateway language, English is uniquely positioned to connect people across borders. For the first time this year, we were able to establish trends in English proficiency over time.”

Here is France’s evolution:

The main results are as follows:

  • Proficiency in English among youth France And the world continues to fall(-89 points among 18-20 year olds since 2015), driven by a few large countries including India and Indonesia. Many countries have seen epidemic-related declines in this age group, accelerating the global trend.
  • The skills of French workers are increasing. Globally, this improvement occurred during the pandemic (between +20 points for adults over 30 2020 and beyond 2021), but several national trends indicate steady progress since 2015.
  • The gender gap is widening,Men’s English improved (+14 points) and women’s English declined (-19 points since 2014). The gender gap is not uniform, however, with 63 countries achieving or close to parity France.
  • At regional level: Although it dominates the index, theEurope This year is experiencing a certain slowdown. A long-term trend, starting from an already high base
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Europe There is constant progress within and outside the EU.

Besides France Like Spain and Italy, not reaching the same level of efficiency as their neighbors.

A report on trends in English literacy around the world EF EPI is online.


EF EPIBased on the results ofEF Standard English Test (EF SET)Used by schools, businesses and governments worldwide for large-scale tests and by individual examiners.

EF education first Provides culturally rich education through language programs,Studying abroad, travel, cultural exchanges and educational programs in more than 100 countries. Founded in Sweden in 1965, EF’s mission is to open up the world through education.

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