Seminar preview: EF English proficiency index (EF EPI): Findings from the fifth edition
In this WYSTC seminar, findings from the fifth edition of the EF English Proficiency Index (EPI) will be presented by Anders Ahlund, President of International Sales and Marketing at EF Education First.
The EF EPI report is an annual ranking of countries according to their average English skill level using data collected from over one million EF English tests. The report shows rankings among countries and regions, broken down by age and gender.
WYSE recently spoke to Anders about language travel, millennials and social media:
WYSE: 2015 marks 50 years of Education First. In your opinion, what have been the most remarkable changes in international language travel over these years?
Anders Ahlund: Globalisation makes travelling and discovering new cultures less difficult and expensive, which opens up the world for new generations. Meanwhile, technology provides new and efficient ways to learn.
WYSE: How is social media and digital communication changing language learning?
Anders Ahlund: Social media and digital communication have revolutionised our society and we do see clear effects in language learning travel. For example, all students who travel with us get a MyEF account, a social and academic network where students can start learning even before they travel, do their placement test, connect with other students who are traveling to the same destination and much more. We also see that our students communicate on social media every day, making use of their new language learnings.
WYSE: At WYSTC you will be discussing the findings from the most recent EF EPI- how important is English proficiency for millennials? In thinking of the younger generations, do you think another language stands to compete with English in terms of becoming the most important to be proficient in?
Anders Ahlund: We don’t believe that any other language can compete with the status of English as the world’s lingua franca. It is the world language of international travel and business. Millennials and Generation Z will want to work and travel abroad to a larger extent than their parents and therefore, learning English is of the essence for these generations. However, it will be more and more important to have another language besides English in order to stand out in a more globalised and competitive job market.
Join Anders’ session:
Friday, 25 September | 14:00 – 15:00
Meet the speaker
Anders Ahlund has been in the international education sector for 25 years and serves as EF Education First’s President of International Sales and Marketing.