Online English course for beginners

The EF English Live online English course for beginners is ideal for learners who are just starting to learn the language. Thanks to the EF English Live Efekta Method™, you can learn the basics of English in just a few weeks. You'll interact with native speakers, learn while having fun, and quickly reach a higher level of English proficiency.

What is an English course for beginners?

An English course for beginners is ideal for those who want to learn the basics of the language in a structured way.

Taking an English course for beginners will allow you to expand your vocabulary, learn the most important grammar rules, and develop your listening skills.

The EF English Live platform is available to teach you the fundamentals of English. By joining  our language course, you will have access to six learning units designed for learners at the basic level (A1-A2).

Course objectives

After completing the first six levels of an EF English Live English for Beginners course, our learners will be able to:

Formulate complete sentences

Use everyday language

Understand and speak in simple conversations

Write short texts

Personalize your course

EF English Live takes your needs and interests into account. That's why our online learning English school offers highly customizable courses.

Once you have joined our English for Beginners course, you can decide which courses to take from Business English, Travel English, General English and TOEIC and TOEFL Preparation Courses.

EF English Live means flexibility. Our teachers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's up to you to choose when and where you want to take classes and with which teacher. You are also free to choose the subjects you want to cover during the session.

Learn English for beginners with EF English Live

EF English Live is the largest online English language school on the market. Since 1996, over 20 million people have benefited from our courses.

Course structure

Conversation courses

Engage with learners from other countries. Participate in group classes designed for learners at your level.

Intensive Courses

Follow our online intensive course program to quickly grasp the language. With teachers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can schedule your hours without any time constraints.

Interactive Exercises

Access thousands of hours of interactive content available whenever and wherever you want. Improve your English while having fun.

Choose EF English Live

Choosing EF English Live means choosing the most effective and advanced method for learning English.

We understand how important it is to learn from native speakers, which is why we were the first online English school to offer this service.

Millions of students have already achieved their language learning goals with EF English Live. What are you waiting for? Join one of our courses and see for yourself!

Find out your level of English

It's essential to know your level of English before starting an online learning course.

That's why EF English Live offers a free English test. This allows you to determine your knowledge of English and better understand your strengths and weaknesses.

What is your level of English? Find out and sign up for our online English course designed for beginners.

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Tailor-made English courses for you!

Here are a few valuable benefits:

up to eight private classes per month with certified teachers

30 group classes per month with certified teachers

+2,000 hours of interactive certified classes

Level tests

A certificate for each level completed

Plus, if you are not satisfied after your first 12 weeks, you get your money back.

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Here are some frequently asked questions about our online English courses for beginners.

The best online English course for beginners is undoubtedly the one offered by EF English Live.

Our certified Efekta Teachers™ are among the best, and our learners agree. They gave teachers an average score of 4.9/5.

Our certified Efekta Teachers are among the best, and our learners agree. They gave teachers an average score of 4.9/5.

Our innovative Efekta Method™, our cutting-edge platform and the content we offer make us the best virtual English school.

What are you waiting for? Start learning English with EF English Live.

There is no fixed cost for the English courses offered by EF English Live. The price of the package you buy may vary depending on several factors. These include:

  • The number of hours you schedule

  • The teaching methods you find most effective (one-to-one classes, group classes, etc.)

  • The frequency of classes

For a more precise idea of our prices, please feel free to request a price quotation.

Over the last 30 years, EF English Live has perfected the fastest way to learn English online.

Our teaching method is based on the principle that to learn the language, one must engage in conversations with native English-speaking teachers. Practising speaking is the true secret to quickly assimilating new vocabulary and expressions.

If you attend one of our English courses, you will realize that our approach is quite pragmatic. The goal of our course is to provide you with the necessary tools to communicate effectively in real-life situations. Whether you are studying English to prepare for your next adventure abroad or for professional or academic reasons, EF English Live will help you efficiently achieve your goals.

Our beginner English course is designed for individuals whose English corresponds to levels A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for English (CEFR).

Do you think you have a higher level of English? Explore our courses designed for B1, B2, and advanced learners.

First of all, you need to schedule regular classes with our teachers. Then, outside your classes, you need to revise and do your exercises. Revision will help you to improve. The more you practise outside your classes, the quicker you'll reach the level you want.

During classes, you should also write your notes in English to help you progress and not in your native language. Ask your teacher as many questions as possible. There are no stupid questions. This is one of the best ways to improve.

And don't neglect revising irregular verbs. They are essential in English conjugation. A verb in the present tense will not be the same in the tense past. You will be assessed on them in your final test.

Every evening, create a list of new vocabulary such as adjectives, verbs, and expressions that you will learn later. If it's an expression, make sure to note the translation because it often doesn't translate word for word but has an equivalent. This is a kind of personal lesson to expand your knowledge. Also, regularly work on the basics so you don't forget them: pronouns, grammar, verb tenses (knowing the difference between the past simple and the present perfect, for example), and so on.

These tips will help you improve and reach the intermediate level quickly.

This level corresponds to the discovery of the language. The basics of the English language will be covered in your beginner's learning. They will enable you to express yourself in simple everyday life situations, for example, during a trip abroad.

The vocabulary you will learn corresponds to "everyday" vocabulary. By the end of your training, you will be able to tell the time, ask for directions, and introduce yourself. You will acquire basic phrases such as "how are you today?" to be able to start a conversation with simple sentences.

Conjugation will begin with fundamental verbs such as "to have," "to go," and "to be." You will learn different tenses like the present indicative, present continuous, simple future, and present perfect. Your teacher will explain the differences between English and French tenses and in which situations to use each tense.

To pass level A1, you must also master various essential grammar concepts: modal auxiliaries, personal pronouns, logical connectors, time adverbs, the difference between "there is" and "there are," or between "how many?" and "how much?", demonstrative and possessive adjectives.

Taking online English classes with a teacher will also improve your pronunciation. During these classes, it's not just about writing but also about speaking to improve your oral expression. Our teachers from around the world will help you distinguish the differences between each accent.

Once you have mastered everything, you will move on to the intermediate level.

The EF English Live platform provides you with resources to help you progress more quickly.

We know that speaking and listening are important for progress. If you want to communicate with other learners, group sessions are for you. You no longer need to travel to meet new people! You will meet learners from around the world, allowing you to familiarize yourself with different accents and improve your pronunciation, listening skills, and oral fluency. It's also an opportunity to discover new vocabulary and expressions, work on your syntax and conjugation.

To improve your understanding and learning of the language, our interactive tools are an invaluable aid. You'll find videos and exercises to do in addition to your face-to-face classes. These are essential tools for practising the grammar covered in a class, conjugating verbs in different tenses and discovering new words and expressions.