About Englishtown

Englishtown is the world leader in education innovation. As part of EF Education First, we draw upon a 50 year legacy of academic excellence and innovative language learning. With more than 500 schools and offices worldwide, we have 40,500 teachers and staff in 53 countries. We have now provided professional English Training to 1500 well-known global corporations. We measure our success by the success of our students. We're proud to have been recognized for helping millions of people from across the world effectively to improve their English.


Englishtown dedicates to help students to learn and use English with confidence. To achieve our mission, Englishtown has invested more than US$70 million dollars to establish a Academic Research and Development unit in both Boston and London, formed by 100 scientists, linguists and academic elite; while recruiting 400 scientific experts to work at the Research and Development team in Shanghai China. All elites from different regions strive to enhance the effectiveness of the learning system, allowing more people to learn English more easily.


As one of the headquarters, staff in Englishtown Hong Kong come from more than 30 different countries and regions. Our teachers also come from English-speaking countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, etc.


About EF

EF stands for Education First, it is founded by Bertil Hult in 1965. EF, a privately held company. EF aims to “break down barriers in language, culture and geography”. There are 15 subordinate agencies and non-profit organizations under EF umbrella, to provide different educational programs including language trainings, study tours, degree programs and cultural exchange programs.

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  • • EF Englishtown
  • • EF Tours
  • • EF Language
  • • EF Cultural Exchange
  • • EF Corporate Language Training
  • • EF Academic Program
  • • EF Local Language Learning
  • • Travel and Financial Services

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Milestones

1965: Bertil Hult establishes EF Education in the Swedish university town of Lund. He sets up a summer language course for young people initially, and expands his school throughout Europe within 10 years.
1971: EF expands its businesses in Europe and add in specific language courses for kids, adults and professionals.
1972: EF starts its first Asian office in Tokyo after Japan eliminated this restriction to foreign companies.
1976: EF starts the exchange program for high school students as well as non-profit organizations in the United States, and starts a new office in Boston.
1979: EF opens a travel company in Mexico and has offices setup in Mexico City and Buenos Aires which are the first in Latin America.
1983: EF starts providing educational tour to the student organizations in the United States.
1985: EF celebrates her 20th birthday with the first million tourist.
1988: EF establishes an office in Seoul and is appointed as the "Official Language School" of the Seoul Summer Olympics. 1989: EF starts "Cultural Care Au Pair" program.
1993: Paul Rand redesigns the logo of EF and the official name of EF has been changed to Education First. It implies EF has grown into a global education company.
1993: EF establishes an office in Hong Kong.
1994: EF acquires the first local English teaching school in Mexico City, and the same type of English school has been established in Russia, Indonesia and China in the next 10 years.
1995: EF starts a joint project with Apple Computer, Inc. to explore how to use technology to create a fundamentally better way to learn a language, which is Englishtown. Englishtown has already become the world's largest online English school today.
1998: EF sponsors two yacht in the Global Challenge yacht race. The "EF Language" yacht driven by Paul Cayard is the champion.
2000: EF builds a new mansion for the North American center in Boston, while a U.S. senator named Edward Kennedy donates a piece of the Berlin Wall for exhibition in the entrance of the center.
2003: EF acquires the Hult International Business School, which now ranks within the first 25 among the Business School in the United States, as well as the world's top 100 business schools according to the Financial Times.
2007: EF is appointed as the "Official Language Training Services Supplier" of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. EF’s Founder, Bertil Hult is one of the torchbearer in the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay.
2008: EF establishes her first private high school, and establishes more in Torquay, New York (left image), Oxford, Singapore and Brisbane in the next few years.
2009: EF is selected as one of the top 50 multinational corporations in China.
2010: EF enters into a ground-breaking collaboration with the University of Cambridge.
2010: EF Labs invents a Free English Learning app to provide 24 hours English learning environment for students.
2011: The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is published. It is the first index which ranks the English proficiency of 44 countries in the world
2012: The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) ranks the English proficiency of 52 countries in the world is published.
2013: EF collaborates Peking University to explore the best way to learn English more effectively.
2014: EF is appointed as the "Official Supplier of Language Programs" of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
2016: EF is appointed as the "Official Language Training Supplier" of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

Milestones
  • 1965

    1965

    Bertil Hult establishes EF Education in the University Town of Sweden. He sets up a summer language course for young people initially, and expands his school throughout Europe within 10 years.

  • 1971

    1971

    EF expands its businesses in Europe and add in specific language courses for kids, adults and professionals.

  • 1972

    1972

    EF starts its first Asian office in Tokyo after Japan eliminated the restriction to foreign companies.

  • 1976

    1976

    EF starts the exchange program for high school students as well as non-profit organizations in the United States, and starts a new office in Boston.

  • 1979

    1979

    EF opens a travel company in Mexico and has office setup in Mexico City and Buenos Aires which are the first in Latin America.

  • 1983

    1983

    EF starts providing educational tour to the student organizations in the United States.

  • 1985

    1985

    EF celebrates her 20th birthday with her the first million tourist.

  • 1988

    1988

    EF establishes an office in Seoul and is appointed as the "Official Language School" of the Seoul Summer Olympics.

  • 1989

    1989

    EF starts "Cultural Care Au Pair" program.

  • 1993

    1993

    Paul Rand redesigns the logo of EF and the official name of EF has been changed to Education First. It implies EF has grown into a global education company.

    EF establishes an office in Hong Kong.

  • 1994

    1994

    EF acquires the first local English teaching school in Mexico City, and the same type of English school has been established in Russia, Indonesia and China in the next 10 years.

  • 1995

    1995

    EF starts a joint project with Apple Computer, Inc. to explore how to use technology to create a fundamentally better way to learn a language, which is Englishtown. Englishtown has already become the world's largest online English school today.

  • 1998

    1998

    EF sponsors two yacht in the Global Challenge yacht race. The "EF Language" yacht driven by Paul Cayard is the champion.

  • 2000

    2000

    EF builds a new mansion for the North American center in Boston, while a U.S. senator named Edward Kennedy donates a piece of the Berlin Wall for placing in the entrance of the center.

  • 2003

    2003

    EF acquires the Hult International Business School, which now ranks within the first 25 among the Business School in the United States, as well as the world's top 100 business schools according to the Financial Times.

  • 2007

    2007

    EF is appointed as the "Official Language Training Services Supplier" of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. EF’s Founder, Bertil Hult is one of the torchbearer in the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay.

  • 2008

    2008

    EF establishes her first private high school, and establishes more in Torquay, New York (left image), Oxford, Singapore and Brisbane in the next few years.

  • 2009

    2009

    EF is selected as one of the top 50 multinational corporations in China.

  • 2010

    2010

    EF enters into a ground-breaking collaboration with the University of Cambridge.

  • 2010

    2010

    EF Labs invents a Free English Learning app to provide 24 hours English learning environment for students.

  • 2011

    2011

    The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is published. It is the first index which ranks the English proficiency of 44 countries in the world

  • 2013

    2012

    The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) ranks the English proficiency of 52 countries in the world is published.

  • 2013

    2013

    EF collaborates Peking University to explore the best way to learn English more effectively.

  • 2014

    2014

    EF is appointed as the "Official Supplier of Language Programs" of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 2016

    2016

    EF is appointed as the "Official Language Training Supplier" of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

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