An English proficiency report carried out by Education First, world’s largest education firm headquartered in Switzerland, ranked Kingdom of Morocco on 3rd position based on its English ability.
As reported by EF English Proficiency 2013, among 11 Arab countries included under Middle East and North Africa Rankings, Iran got the 1st position, followed by Turkey, Morocco on the 3rd place, Qatar on 4th and Syria occupied the 5th Rank.
On the global rank of 54 countries using a sample of under 2 million people, Morocco laid on the 34th position.
The 2013 ranking result might be a bombshell in Arabs circle who are assuming that Moroccans are less skilled in English than in Spanish or French.
But, to many Moroccans, it isn’t a surprise, since it translates Moroccans’ tradition and will to always learn foreign languages in order to open up to the world and communicate with people from different backgrounds.
EF English Proficiency Index survey is based on a “standardized measurement of adult English proficiency, comparable between countries and over time”, it was first launched in 2011.
EF EPI is the first index that measures the average English language ability of adults in different countries where English is being taught as a foreign language.