About us

Founded in 1996, EF English Live has been at the cutting edge of language learning for nearly two decades, having been the first to pioneer a 24-hour teacher-led online English course . Backed by a world-class team of academic and technical experts, plus 2,000 certified online English teachers, our mission is to use technology to create a fundamentally better way to learn English.
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Why we changed our name

  • Because we’re part of EF, teach English and have live teachers and online lessons 24/7, we changed our name from EF Englishtown to EF English Live. Our name celebrates our live, native speaking teachers who are at the heart of our learning method.

A research-driven learning method

  • The academic team behind EF English Live has driven years of research in collaboration with the world's leading linguists and top universities to advance the science of faster English language learning.

50 years of teaching experience

  • As part of EF Education First, we draw upon a 50-year legacy of academic excellence, having helped more than 20 million people across the world to successfully learn English online.

The trusted choice of industry leaders

  • The world’s best-known brands trust us to teach them Business English . Our innovative English learning method has improved the way employees of global companies like HSBC and Nokia communicate with their colleagues and customers around the world.

A truly global English school

  • Along with our vast network of English teachers available in every time zone, over 30 nationalities are represented in the main EF English Live office hubs in London, Johannesburg, Shanghai and beyond.

A CEFR-aligned English course

  • We've aligned the 16 levels of our online course with the internationally-recognised language standards set by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for English levels A1 to C2. We'll award you a certified English diploma for each level you pass, making it easy to demonstrate your English level to universities and employers worldwide.

An award-winning online course

  • Our world-class English lessons and learning platform have been recognised for excellence year after year, consistently winning accolades for online language training and digital innovation.

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