QCOSTARICA – According to the English Proficiency Index produced by Education First, Costa Rica and El Salvador remain stagnant, while Guatemala and Panama have improved, moving from the “very low” group to the “low” group.
The index, which the global English teaching business Education First publishes annually, defines three levels of proficiency in 70 countries worldwide.
In the world rankings, Costa Rica is located in 43rd position, while Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador were located in the 46th, 48th and 61st, respectively.
Costa Rica failed to improve their level and remained in the group of countries with “low” levels of english proficiency.
Regarding the results of 2014, only Guatemala and Panama improved, going from group of countries which have “very low” language proficiency, to the second group, composed of countries with a “low” level.
In Latin America, Argentina was at the top with a “Very High Proficiency”, followed by the Dominican Republic. El Salvador was at the bottom. Overall Argentina placed 15th, while the Dominican Republic was 24th.
Nicaragua and Honduras are not covered in the study.
According to the EPI, Latin America has been on a positive trajectory since 2007, but adult English proficiency remains weak in the region. Of the 14 Latin American countries featured in this index, all but one have improved since last year. However, with the exception of two countries, Latin American English proficiency is low.
The EPI Average in Latin America is: 51.26.
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