Research Shows English Proficiency on the Rise in Indonesia
The Jakarta Globe
New data released by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) on Thursday shows that English proficiency in Indonesia is increasing.
The scores received by Indonesian IELTS test takers in 2011 demonstrate that competence in three of four areas of English — writing, speaking and listening — has increased since 2010, according to the organization’s website.
“Results from 2011 show Indonesian test takers are committed to English studies and improving their proficiency in the language,” the British Council’s Angela Hennelly said.
John Belleville, ELTS Director at IDP Education Pty. Ltd., Melbourne Area, Australia added that the data also proved that more and more Indonesians each year are choosing to take the IELTS exam and increase their global education and employment opportunities.
Based on a scale from 1 to 9, the average IELTS score in Indonesia increased from 6.2 to 6.4 in 2011. Listening, writing and speaking scores all increased, with listening being identified as the strongest skill amongst Indonesians who took the test in 2011.
There are 31 IELTS test centers located across Indonesia, with branches in Bandung, Denpasar, Jakarta, Medan, Semarang and Surabaya.
IELTS test results are requested by more than 7,000 educational institutions, governments and employers around the globe in order to provide an accurate and reliable measurement of English language proficiency.
More than 1.7 million IELTS tests were taken in 2011, a 12% increase compared to 2010.
The British Council is the UK’s international organization for education and cultural relations. One of its missions it to build trust through the exchange of knowledge between people throughout the world. The organization is represented in several countries.
Additional reporting from Antara