English Skills and the Bottom line 1

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Bertil Hult running with the Olympic torch in China 2008

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Thailand Ranks Low

How good is your English? Once again poor ESL (English as a Second Language) students who can’t speak English very well are being blamed for holding their companies back and by association their countries.

Le résultat net comptable  (“Bottom Line” in familiar English) (poste HN et DI respectivement des imprimés DGI n°2052 et n°2051 ) mesure les ressources nettes (après prise en compte de la dépréciation du capital) restant à l’entreprise à l’issue de l’exercice : bénéfice ou perte. Il correspond, au sens comptable, à la différence entre les produits et les charges de l’exercice. Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques

EF Education First has just come out with a new ranking of countries which link their ability to speak English with their country’s economic wealth or bottom line (a line in an accounting sheet which shows a net income or a loss). As many of you know, EF, with over 4o0 schools, is a famous private language school with over 400 schools spread out over 50 countries worldwide. It is a Swedish entreprise, headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, which was founded by Bertil Hult. Hult suffered from dyslexia as a child and because of this couldn’t learn in the traditional manner at school. As English was a mandatory and important subject, he soon discovered during one of his trips to England with his high school class that cultural immersion was the best way to learn it. That’s how he got the idea to start his own school which combined classroom instruction with cultural immersion.

One of the first schools of its kind, EF quickly spread and now employs over 34,000 people many of whom do research in language learning and linguistics. Through a unique marketing strategy using their free online tests, they started publishing in 2011 an EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) which ranks countries by their English language skills.  They have just come out with their third ranking which classifies countries according to the same criteria. They found that in almost every one of the 60 countries and territories surveyed, there was a direct correlation between English proficiency and per capita income. They also found that people who spoke English well earned 30 to 50% higher salaries. Now that’s a real incentive to study English!EF EPI Graph

Where does your country rank? Do you agree with EF’s findings?

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