EF English Live

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EF English Live
Industry Internet
Founded 1996
Headquarters Switzerland
Parent EF Education First
Website englishlive.ef.com

EF English Live (formerly known as EF Englishtown) is an online English school offering E-learning for adults.[1] A division of EF Education First, EF English Live has worked with 1,200 companies and has 15 million users.[2]


EF English Live was founded in 1996 by Bill Fisher,[3] and is headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland with a research and development center in Shanghai.


EF English Live was chosen as the Official Language Training Supplier to the Beijing 2008 Olympics[4] and the 16th Asian Games 2010.[5] EF English Live was chosen by the Ministry of Tourism in Brazil and Fundação Roberto Marinho to teach English to more than 80,000 people in the country for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

EF English Live won the following awards :

  • Interactive Media Award (IMA)[7]
  • Comenius-EduMedia-Award[8]
  • Human Resource Executive ®’s Top Training Product of the Year Award[9]
  • Distinction Winner – Mobile Apps and Websites, Education[10]
  • Learning Impact 2011 Gold Awards - Established Initiatives[11]
  • 2010 Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Awards Bronze Medals - Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Global Training & Compliance Training[12]
  • E-Learning Award Silver Winner of Best online or distance learning programme – Education[13]
  • Red Herring 100 Asia Top 100 Tech Startup[14]
  • W³ Awards Gold Winner of General Website Categories – Education[15]
  • 2010 WebAward Outstanding Achievement in Web Development[16]
  • Davey Awards 2010 Silver Winner[17]

Related Companies and Organizations[edit]

EF English Live is a part of EF Education First. Founded in 1965, EF is the world's largest private educational company, with a group of 15 subsidiaries and non-profit organizations centered on language learning, educational travel, cultural exchange, and academic programs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Englishtown, Inc.: Private Company Information - BusinessWeek", Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved on 2010-10-21
  2. ^ "EF Opens Four New International Language Centers Abroad, to Meet Young People's Demand for Hip and Exotic Study Destinations", 2010-10. Digital Journal. Retrieved on 2010-10-22
  3. ^ "Leadership ABCs Bios - Bill Fisher", The American Chamber of Commerce People's Republic of China. Retrieved on 2010-10-22
  4. ^ "English First (EF) selected as Official Language Training Supplier of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games", 2007-03-02. Beijing 2008 Olympics. Retrieved on 2010-10-21
  5. ^ "EF named Asian Games Language Training Service Supplier", 2009-07-20. Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee. Retrieved on 2010-10-21
  6. ^ "EF Education First to be Official Language Training Provider for 2014 World Cup in Brazil", 2009-11-18. AsiaNet. Retrieved on 2010-10-21
  7. ^ "EF Englishtown Wins Prestigious Education Award", 2010-07. Checkpoint Learning. Retrieved on 2010-10-21
  8. ^ Cox, S. "World’s largest online language school wins prestigious award", 2010-7-25, The Education Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-10-22
  9. ^ "Best of the Bunch", 2010-09-16. Human Resource Executive Online. Retrieved on 2010-10-21
  10. ^ "17th Annual Communicator Award of Distinction Winners", 2011-03-16. The Communicator Awards. Retrieved on 2011-11-14
  11. ^ "IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces the 2011 Learning Impact Award Winners", 2011-05-24. IMS Global Learning Consortium. Retrieved on 2011-11-14
  12. ^ "Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Global Training", 2010-04-12. Brandon Hall Group. Retrieved on 2011-11-14
  13. ^ "The E-Learning Awards Winners 2010", 2010-07-01. The E-Learning Age. Retrieved on 2011-11-14
  14. ^ "2010 RED HERRING ASIA WINNERS ", 2010-02-10. RED HERRING. Retrieved on 2011-11-14
  15. ^ "2010 W³ Awards of Gold Winners", 2010-04-11. 2010 W³ Awards. Retrieved on 2011-11-14
  16. ^ "THE WEB MARKETING ASSOCIATION IS PROUD TO PRESENT THIS 2010 WEBAWARD", 2010-06-8. Web Marketing Association. Retrieved on 2011-11-14
  17. ^ "2010 DAVEY AWARDS 2010 Silver Winners", 2010-08-19. Davey Awards. Retrieved on 2011-11-14

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