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Saturday 03-Dec-2016
【信報:升學專家有話兒】港人英語待進

去英國留學,最明顯的得著,自然是練就一口流利英語。當然,今時今日的香港,有少數家長會將英文能力視為樂器中的鋼琴,是理所當然要有的技能,更要懂操法文、俄文、阿拉伯文才夠馨香。但其實有新鮮熱辣的全球性評核調查發現,不論是地區或個人層面,英語能力依然是經濟競爭力的一大重要指標。英語水平高,與賺錢能力、生活質素、人際網絡的提升都有密切而直接的關係。英文講得好,在現今世界仍是個優勢,絕對不應take it for granted。

尤其在香港,加強英語能力更不應忽視。何解?原來同一項調查還發現,在全球非英語為母語地區,英語能力最佳的是荷蘭,緊接是丹麥和瑞典。香港全球排名30,英語水平獲「中等」評級,以亞洲地區來說,僅僅比排31的越南、32位的印尼及33位的台灣領先,稍為優勝於35位的日本及39位的中國。對比起全球排名第6的新加坡相差頗多,在亞洲亦落後於馬來西亞、菲律賓及南韓。

 

新加坡人英語大躍進 

新加坡躋身十大,是歷年來首個亞洲地區在評核中獲得「非常高」的水平級別,僅次於荷蘭及北歐4國之後。這還不止,新加坡叫人刮目相看之處,還在於其國民英語水準進步幅度之大。過去5年,新加坡英語的進步,不單在亞洲獨佔鰲頭,在全世界亦是大躍進的頭3位,與法國和卡塔爾並駕齊驅,可以共同奪得「飛躍進步大獎」。

如果單講進步,其實中國的英語水平在過去5年的進步亦真不小,尤其若只看上海,上海人英語表現騰升的幅度,更加與新加坡相差無幾。

比較之下,香港便顯得黯然失色了。香港和台灣過去5年的進步委實不多,台灣的英語水平已經被越南比下去,香港如果不努力尋求大進步,被排名只低一位的越南追上指日何待,被中國爬頭也不是沒可能發生的。 

從這個調查看到,香港要提升在國際舞台上的競爭力,提高英語水平是刻不容緩的。留學英國當然不是改善英語的唯一途徑,總之大家為了令香港增加世界競爭優勢,應在操練英文上各師各法,努力加油!

 

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