The world's first and largest online English school

20 million

Learners taught

59 years

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Private classes per year

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A legacy of language learning innovation

EF English Live is a part of Efekta Education Group, a world leader and innovator of online language education and wholly owned by EF Education First. EF Education First has been pioneering experiential language learning since 1965 through their international language travel programs. In 1996, supported by Apple and Cambridge University, EF Education First developed EF English Live – the world’s first online English school. 

Effective language learning for everyone

We strive to be the world leaders in language research and online learning technology. We make effective and motivating English courses available, no matter where in the world you are.

Find your voice in English. At work and in life.

Our mission is to empower working professionals and dedicated learners to communicate confidently in English through our Efekta Method™. Based on decades of scientific research, it combines experienced teachers and cutting-edge technology for a highly flexible online learning experience. 

Millions of people have successfully learned English with us because we do not just teach you words and phrases; we help you feel confident and be yourself in English (we will even help you tell your favorite joke).  

Our Efekta Method™ – The most interactive way to learn

Learn by speaking: A conversation-based and interactive virtual learning environment 


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


Complete flexibility: We are available when you are – anytime, anywhere 


We only hire the best: If you want to learn English fast, you need a good teacher 


Trusted by the world’s leading organizations

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Passionate about teaching. Serious about research.

We publish academic research about language learning, which is used by Cambridge University, University of Tokyo, and Harvard Graduate School of Education, to name a few.

The free online standard English test EF SET, which we created to accurately figure out your level of English, is internationally recognized and used by over 2 million students every year (that is 5,479 tests taken a day).

We have 132 researchers and academics on our team who make sure our teaching methods are innovative and effective.

“Research shows that people who speak English earn up to 30% more than those who do not.”

Teaching English. For good.

As part of EF Education First, the world's largest privately held education company, we are committed to making a positive impact on the global community (like providing language education to the Olympic Games).


We are proud to sponsor Medecins Sans Frontieres and their humanitarian relief. Another brilliant partner of ours is WeForest, which focuses on sustainable restoration and supporting the well-being of local communities. And of course, our deepest passion – leading cutting-edge research to improve how people learn.

By partnering with language learning experts and academics, we have changed the nature of online language learning, for good.

Innovation in education is at our core

EF English Live has always been at the cutting edge of language learning, having been the first to pioneer 24-hour teacher-led online English courses.

"Students inspire everything we do."

"Nothing matters more than learning. At EF Education First, the learning we see in our students inspires us to do more, to push harder, to advance our understanding of how human beings learn, and how we can make the experience richer, better and more rewarding."

Dr Enio Ohmaye

Chief Experience Officer, EF Education First

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