Thailand continues to lag behind in English language proficiency in Asia study

The internation language school, Education First report identifies global and regional English-language learning trends and analyses the relationship between countries’ English proficiency and their economic competitiveness.

In Asian countries, Singapore ranked 1st with a score of 63.52, followed by Malaysia (60.70), and Philippines (60.33), India (57.30) and South Korea(54.87).

In Asia, only Mongolia and Cambodia have a lower score than Thailand. Two countries (Singapore and Malaysia) are leading the pack in South East Asia, followed by Vietnam and Indonesia at the seventh (54.06) and eighth place (52.94).

The Thai government has stated the Labour force needs further improvement to help further integration into AEC. It has been suggested that the quality of Thai skilled labour in all fields should be further enhanced by language skills.