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Norway ‘top’ in English. Updated: Norwegians are the best foreign English-speakers in the world, according to new results from the English Proficiency Index. “Research shows countries that use a lot of time and resources on children’s training and education leads to stronger English skills in adults,” Morten Davidsen, country manager for Education First (EF) Norway, tells The Foreigner. EF has been sending Norwegians abroad to learn spoken and written English since 1967 and has established good relations to Cambridge University during that time.

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Norway ‘top’ in English

Published on Wednesday, 6th April, 2011 at 09:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th April 2011 at 20:00.

Updated: Norwegians are the best foreign English-speakers in the world, according to new results from the English Proficiency Index.

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“Research shows countries that use a lot of time and resources on children’s training and education leads to stronger English skills in adults,” Morten Davidsen, country manager for Education First (EF) Norway, tells The Foreigner.

EF has been sending Norwegians abroad to learn spoken and written English since 1967 and has established good relations to Cambridge University during that time.

“Together, we have developed something called The Effekta System, geared towards giving our students total language immersion. It combines traditional classroom teaching with interactive online tutorials, experience in the real world, and language-learning technology,” he says.

Norway has come top of the EF’s own English Proficiency Index (EPI) with a score of 69.09. According to the company, this shows “nobody masters the English language better than Norwegians amongst countries that do not have English as a mother-tongue.”

EF says it has used two years to test language skills in 44 countries, and the tendency suggests rich, small, northern European countries score highest. The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland occupy the next four places.

“The index takes the pulse of a nation’s English proficiency,” claims Mr Davidsen, continuing, “EF does what it is best at; making nations talk together.”

“So how does EF bridge the gap between Norwegians’ self-perception of their spoken and written English abilities, and reality?”

“Everyone takes a language test first to gauge their level and is then put in a suitable class. Although we are spoilt in Norway, many adults come to terms with the result,” Mr Davidsen says.

To see the full EPI rankings, click here (external site).



Published on Wednesday, 6th April, 2011 at 09:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th April 2011 at 20:00.

This post has the following tags: englishproficiencyindex, norwegianenglishskills.





  
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