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Being the first online English school has taught us a lot

Most language apps, tutor platforms, or online schools try to replicate a traditional classroom via basic video calls, only match learners with a teacher without a proper learning plan, or offer language learning just for fun.

This is not how you will learn with us.

Learning a language with EF English Live is...


A combination of activities that use your whole brain (deep learning) vs. A simple word memory task (shallow learning) 


A process where you learn from your mistakes vs. A learning environment where you are afraid of making mistakes 


Having conversations in English – right from the start vs. Waiting until your pronunciation is perfect to speak 


Where a great teacher is essential for progress vs. Where you are left without support 

Our teachers do not just teach words and phrases, they teach speaking confidence. From business professionals to world travelers and Olympic athletes, we have taught dedicated learners, just like you, all over the world.  

The most interactive way to learn

Learn by speaking

A conversation-based and interactive virtual learning environment

Complete flexibility

We are available when you are – anytime, anywhere 

Bespoke online learning technology

Combining teachers with AI technology and live-action video to simulate interactive real-life scenarios

We only hire the best

If you want to learn English fast, you need a good teacher

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A legacy of language learning innovation

Founded in 1965, EF Education First understood that language mastery comes from immersing yourself in a country's culture, engaging with locals, and having exceptional teachers.

EF English Live, originally envisioned with Apple and backed by Cambridge University, transforms this experiential approach into the Efekta Method™.

We will have you speaking confidently from day one through real-life scenarios and immersive roleplaying, preparing you for success at work, abroad, or wherever English takes you.

Hyperclass and AI for faster progress

In Efekta Hyperclass™, our conversation-based and interactive virtual learning environment, your teacher works together with speech recognition AI to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Giving you hyper-personalized feedback in real-time to accelerate your progress. 

Teachers and classes available 24/7

Your personalized learning plan is based on your specific goals. Combine 1:1 live classes with a private teacher, interactive group classes with other learners like yourself, and access +2,000 hours of vocabulary quizzes, reading exercises, grammar games and more. With teachers in every time zone, you can book classes at all hours of the day – on any device.

The biggest network of high-quality teachers

A great teacher is irreplaceable. They bring empathy, motivation, and support. Your Efekta Teacher™ will mentor you, discuss learning challenges and find the best way for you to overcome them. We are the only school with a network of over 3,000 certified and trained teachers. Each has a teaching degree, at least two years of real-life teaching experience, and is an expert in patience (it is true).

Why our Efekta Method™ works

EF English Live

In-person schools

Other online schools

Certified & trained teachers

Personalized study plan based on research

24/7 learning flexibility (self-study exercises)

Teacher-led classes available 24/7

28 years of teaching online

AI supported online classroom specifically designed for effective remote learning

Award-winning classes are waiting

Make progress faster

Learning with the Efekta Method™ and Efekta Teachers™

Learning with traditional classroom methods

Learning with Apps

Online English courses that match your goals

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Business English

Get ahead in your career with our Business English Course

Get your dream job. Our real-world business scenarios will help you perfect your communication in the workplace. 




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General English

Find your voice in English with our General English Course

Speak English with confidence. Our full range of General English topics ensure you are always part of the conversation. 

A1-C2 Certificates

Speaking confidence

Just in case you missed something...

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about learning English online.    

If you want to learn from the comfort of your own home and on your own terms, an online English school is a flexible and efficient solution to learn English from scratch and improve your skills.  

Besides getting expert guidance from certified teachers, meeting other like-minded learners from around the world, and accessing self-study exercises – joining an online English School like EF English Live will help you stay motivated to reach your goal. According to a study conducted by The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), you have a 65% chance of reaching a goal if you commit to someone, like an English school. That number increases to 95% if you have a specific appointment, like a private class with a tutor.  

EF English Live offers both private and group lessons, led by certified teachers, for learners at all levels of English (A1-C2). Learn more about our courses.

The first thing to remember is that everyone learns to speak English at a different pace. If you want to learn as much as possible in a short time, then give the following tips a go: 

1. Don't be afraid to try: Learning English is a process where you learn from making mistakes. Keep going! 

2. Speak English every day: Nothing will improve your English like speaking. The brain is like a muscle that needs training and taking every opportunity to speak English (even when you’re alone) will help you develop your language skills without even realizing it. 

3. Listen to English: While reading helps to improve your vocabulary, hearing English words spoken in real-life situations will help you know how and when to use them. For example, if you are learning the word ‘tomorrow’ it is helpful to learn a phrase like ‘Tomorrow, I would like to...’.  

4. Interact with native and bilingual speakers: They can give you suggestions, advice and, correct you when you make mistakes. 

EF English Live take these elements into account in our online English classes and courses. With us, you can speak English online whenever you want, wherever you are, 24/7. 

Our certified Efekta Teachers™ do not just teach words and phrases, they teach speaking confidence. In private classes you learn new things and find your confidence, with the support of your Efekta Teacher™. Then you put what you have learned into practice in group conversation classes in a supportive environment, led by a teacher.  

Absolutely. Our group classes give you the opportunity to talk to and listen to students from different countries who have the same level of English as you. These live sessions help you practice speaking English and apply what you've learnt. Social learning is essential for motivation and for finding your English-speaking confidence. Who knows, you might make a friend or two!