Who we are
EF English First was founded in 1965 in Sweden and it has become the world's largest private education company, with over 400 schools around the world. With offices and schools in 51 countries, EF is helping millions of students improve their English and has managed to turn the world into a global classroom. EF was created with a goal; breaking down communication barriers among countries and help students all around the world communicate in English. Today there are EF schools in Russia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
With more than 40 years of experience, EF has developed its own teaching methodology which has been proven to be successful in schools all around the world. Our teaching approach is designed to build each student’s confidence and fluency in speaking English naturally while emphasizing the study of the four key learning skills. The Efekta System is a breakthrough in the advancement of English learning technology and it enhances students’ communication and language skills thanks to:
How we teach
English First’s eclectic methodology focuses on building students' confidence and abilities to communicate in English. Our approach to teaching and learning integrates the notion that students learn in different ways, therefore it incorporates a wide range of activities, tasks, and teaching methodologies that are designed to create an enjoyable, motivating, and engaging atmosphere. English First’s communicative methodology and the Efekta System integrate the best methods and approaches developed for English language teaching, for instance, the Communicative ApproachCommunicative Approach: Focuses on helping students create meaning rather than helping them develop perfectly structured grammar or perfect pronunciation. The aim is for students to develop their communicative competence, which can loosely be defined as their ability to successfully apply their knowledge of English to communicate. In the classroom, students are constantly engaged in conversations and interactive activities with the teacher and classmates., the Lexical ApproachLexical Approach: Is a way of teaching language based on the idea that a language is made up of single words or sentences with meaning rather than only grammar structures and rules. This approach helps students understand the meaning of words and sentences and enables them to use words in the correct context., Total Physical ResponseTotal Physical Response: Is a well-recognized teaching approach very extensively used in second language teaching. In the classroom, the teacher and students take on roles similar to that of the parent and child when learning the first language. Students must respond with a physical action to the words of the teacher. It is well suited to teaching classroom language and other vocabulary connected with actions and it helps students retain the new language by means of responding to it with an immediate action, and Presentation, Practice and ProductionPresentation Practice and Production: In a lesson, language is presented in context using several methods such as miming, video, reading, and realia. The target language is then practiced using activities led by the teacher. Finally, the students try to produce the target language on their own in an activity without direct support from the teacher. They are expected to use their own knowledge of the English language. This procedure helps students acquire the new language and use it automatically in the future. among others.
What we teach
Our curriculum emphasizes practical, conversational English that students can use in daily life. Teachers are able to create interactive and creative lessons using our branded materials, which include a wide range of supplementary tools. With the aid of our materials, teachers carefully plan lessons to fit the students’ needs and levels. Our lessons usually focus on one of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our lessons always balance new vocabulary and grammar structures and provide plenty of opportunities for students to use the new language in the classroom. In English First’s lessons, the teacher becomes a tutor that helps the students learn the language in a much more effective and entertaining way. The student becomes the center of the lesson and oral interaction among students is strongly emphasized. EF has developed its own Efekta SyllabusEF’s Efekta Syllabus has been specially created to fit the needs of particular age groups. Our course combines the content studied in the book with the supporting materials in the Classroom Companion Unit and Practice & Play. This combination of materials allows teachers to make the most of the tools provided and always use related materials in class. specific to each age group.
How we assess
Rather than testing students’ skills in a single examination at the end of the course, students at English First take quizzes at the end of each unit and complete tasks while the teacher observes and assesses their performance. Together with a final test, this assessment system provides an overall analysis of the student’s progress throughout the course. When students successfully complete a level, they receive an official English First certificate. English First’s continuous assessment allows teachers to ascertain the knowledge, understanding and skills attained by students. Teachers use English First assessment tools throughout the course, which allow them to observe and collect information about the students’ development. It is not only an examination of pupil’s achievements, but a diagnostic tool that ensures frequent interaction of students and teachers.
English First currently only employs native or near native speaker teachers in all of its programs. All our teachers are qualified and hold a degree as well as a teaching qualification that enables them to teach English as a second language. Once teachers join our schools, they join an intensive and ongoing teacher training program. Teachers share planning, ideas and help each other to produce lessons tailored to the specific needs of their students. This enables them to create a positive learning environment and combines their skills to benefit the learner. English First teachers come from countries all over the world and bring their experience and background to the English First classroom. Students are therefore exposed not only to English but also to a variety of cultures which enhances their general knowledge about other countries and the world.