The need for English is stronger than ever, but the gender and age gaps are widening.
The need for English remains in a BANI (Brittle, Anxious, Non-linear, Incomprehensible) world
Our English Proficiency Index 2023 draws on tests taken by 2.2 million people in 113 countries and shows that English Language learning remains a constant need in a BANI world. Far from suggesting that AI and automatic translation will replace the need for language learning, this year’s report shows that individuals and companies alike are recognizing the need for English as a fundamental asset to build the confidence to express oneself, to communicate and to collaborate – all essential skills to release diversity of insight, build stronger relationships, better connections and be able to thrive in a context of perpetual change.
Some alarming trends are emerging
While English is more in demand than ever, there are big trends emerging from our 12 years of EPI data that should give HR and L&D leaders cause to pause and react.