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 Global survey highlights regional trends for English proficiency

Global survey highlights regional trends for English proficiency

The 7th annual EF English Proficiency Index (EPI) was released earlier this month. As in previous years, the EPI ranks the proficiency of non-native-speaking countries around the world...

 Annual ranking says Europe still leads on English proficiency

Annual ranking says Europe still leads on English proficiency

The 6th annual EF English Proficiency Index (EPI) was released yesterday, and, as always, it provides a fascinating window into levels of English proficiency in regions and countries around...

 Checking in on English testing requirements for study in the UK

Checking in on English testing requirements for study in the UK

In April 2015, the British government substantially overhauled the system for Secure English Language Tests (SELT) in the UK. As a result, IELTS became the only approved test...

 US English programmes reporting declines in Saudi enrolment this year

US English programmes reporting declines in Saudi enrolment this year

International enrolment in US Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) has fallen off noticeably over the past year, due in part to changes in the Saudi scholarship programmes that have...

 ELT enrolment in the Philippines on the rise

ELT enrolment in the Philippines on the rise

The Philippines has become an increasingly popular destination for English Language Training (ELT), particularly so for students from Japan and Korea. As the government ramps up efforts to...

2015 in review: The most-read and must-reads from the year

As we count down the final days of the year, let’s take a moment to look back over 2015 with our third annual review of the most-popular items...

Fifth annual English proficiency ranking finds Latin America on the rise

Higher national levels of English proficiency are linked to higher per capita income levels, more open and accessible business environments, improved quality of life (as measured by the...

Indian engineering graduates held back by limited English

A new study finds that poor English-speaking skills are limiting the employment and earning prospects of India’s engineering graduates. India produces roughly 600,000 engineers each year. While many...

The Brazilian market for English language learning

The Brazilian government has in recent years been working to boost higher education participation, increasing demand for overseas study, and extending the reach of STEM learning (Science, Technology,...

New Spanish proficiency exam launched

At a July ceremony at San Ildefonso College in Mexico City, three educational institutions – the Cervantes Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Spain’s University of...

Report: Saudi language study in the US to be capped at six months

Every major English-speaking study destination has a keen interest in international student enrolment in its Intensive English Programmes (IEPs). IEPs are both a significant international education segment in...

Record-high English language enrolment in Australia

Australia’s surging ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) sector saw another strong year of enrolment growth last year, and the latest data suggests the trend is...

New study offers important insights on demand for English training in Colombia

The British Council recently released a study entitled English in Colombia: An examination of policy, perceptions and influencing factors. It rounds out previous findings on this important Latin...

China encouraging overseas universities to accept gaokao exam results

More universities outside of China may soon accept China’s national college entrance exam, the gaokao. Yu Jihai, deputy director of the Division of International Education at the Ministry...

English language training in India pegged for significant growth

With evidence demonstrating that English language fluency opens the doors to greater employment opportunities and higher income among its graduates, demand for English Language Training (ELT) is on...