How many people speak English, and where is it spoken?
English provides access to skills and global networks that can help drive social mobility.
Latin America has made enormous progress in ensuring that all children have access to education, but .....
the region still suffers from high levels of economic inequality, fragile democracies, and unacceptable levels of violence, all of which undermine the development of a skilled workforce.
Most programs to improve English proficiency in Latin America focus on funding either teacher training or student exchange to North America. This emphasis on training is well placed given the insufficient number of teachers in the region who are proficient in English. Additional innovative initiatives are also underway, including one program that uses technology to deliver high-quality English lessons taught remotely by teachers in other countries. This initiative offers a more scalable alternative to costly foreign teacher exchange programs.
According to the English Proficiency Index 2019 show "GROWTH WITHOUT PROGRESS" Latin America is the only region in the world to have experienced a decline in average adult English skills since 2017"
Mexico and Brazil, the two most populous countries in the region, which both registered declines in English proficiency. Costa Rica improved its English proficiency the most out of any country in the region since last year.
According to the English Proficiency Index produced by Education First, Guatemala and Panama have improved, moving from the "very low" group to the "low" group, while Costa Rica and El Salvador remain stagnant at that level ".
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, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador were located in the 43rd, 46th, 48th and 61st positions, respectively.
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. Costa Rica and El Salvador failed to improve their level and remained in the group of countries with "low" levels of english proficiency. Nicaragua and Honduras are not covered in the study.