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  • 08 / Apr

    ANA Partners with EF Education First

    London, April 8th, 2014 - All Nippon Airways (ANA) and EF Education First (EF) have announced the signing of a partnership agreement today. This partnership will see EF, the world leader in language training provide English learning via its cloud-based school to enhance the ability of ANA employees, including cabin attendants, to succeed in the global business environment.

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  • 28 / Mar

    EF Education First in speaker line up at the Gulf Education Conference in London

    March 28, 2014, London: EF Education First (EF), the world leader in language training for business, government and the education sector, announced today that it will participate in the speaker line up at the Gulf Education Conference in London.

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  • 13 / Mar

    EF Education First appointed Official Supplier of Language Training Services for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – March 13, 2014: EF Education First has been appointed Official Supplier of Language Training Services for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The international education company will deliver language training to 110 000 Rio 2016 staff as well as to over 900 000 candidates for the Olympic volunteer program, contractors, and school children in Brazil.

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  • 11 / Feb

    Workforce ‘digital chatter’ puts international businesses at risk

    February 11, 2014, London: Although four fifths (84%) of business professionals think social media has changed the nature of communications, only a third (37%) of today’s workforce have the English language skills required to communicate effectively through digital channels, according to a report published today by leading academic Professor Michael Hulme and Education First Corporate Language Learning Solutions.

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  • 05 / Feb

    EF takes the next step in partnership with Republic of Tatarstan’s Ministry of Education

    February 5, 2014, London: EF Education First, the world leader in language training for business, government and the education sector, announced today the signing of a Letter of Acceptance with Republic of Tatarstan’s Ministry of Education, taking their partnership into its second phase for another four years.

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  • 10 / Jan

    Education First (EF) announces new awards for excellence in international collaboration

    London, England, 10th January 2014: EF Education First announced today the launch of the International Collaboration Excellence Awards (EF ICE Awards), giving businesses across the world the opportunity to showcase exceptional cross-border collaboration projects. The awards, launching globally, give organizations of any size or type the chance to receive global recognition and demonstrate best practice in operating successful projects involving employees from multiple countries.

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  • 12 / Dec

    EF partners with Saudi Arabia’s T4EDU as Ministry of Education designates English skills as key priority for the Kingdom’s future

    December 12, 2013, London: EF Education First, the world leader in language training for business, government and the education sector, announced today the signing of a partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Tatweer Company for Educational Services Company (T4EDU), a government-owned company dedicated to education development which was initiated by His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz development project.

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  • 06 / Dec

    EF Englishtown Signs Multi-Year Sponsorship of Brazilian Soccer Teams

    December 6, 2013, London: EF Englishtown, the world's leading online English school, is announcing a new partnership: the company will sponsor the Brazilian men's and women's national teams and has been awarded the status of the official English school of the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation). The men's national team includes global stars like Neymar (FC Barcelona), Robinho (A.C. Milan) and Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona).

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  • 06 / Nov

    EF helps Mexican football stars prepare for their professional career

    November 6, 2013, London: EF Education First, the world leader in language training for business, government and the education sector, announced today that some of Mexico’s most promising young football players are joining their online English learning program to boost their career in the international arena.

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  • 16 / Oct

    EF Education First launches online school application for Android

    London, October 16, 2013 - EF Education First, the world leader in language training for business, government and the education sector, announced today the launch of their award-winning language school as an application on Android tablet devices. The application, called EF Efekta Corporate™, now offers Android device users the same ‘anytime’ school experience that is already enjoyed by millions of students and thousands of companies around the world currently studying via computers and iPad tablets.

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  • 22 / Aug

    Infographic shows Tatarstan students' English improvement after teachers study with EF

    Moscow, August 22, 2013 - Students in the Republic of Tatarstan have scored nearly 30% higher than last year on their state English exams. This improvement in results comes after 3,300 English teachers in Tatarstan studied English with EF Efekta. See how the results correlate in this short infographic.

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  • 8 / July

    700 Russian Olympic athletes to study English with EF

    Moscow, July 8, 2013 - EF English First Russia presented 700 language training licenses to the Russian Olympic Committee today. 700 athletes, candidates for Winter and Summer Olympic teams, selected by Russian sports federations, will start to study English with EF.

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  • 3 / July

    Professional English language training from EF Education First helps Xiamen Airlines take off

    July 3rd, Xiamen, China- Xiamen Airlines, China’s first privately owned airline has chosen EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions to provide three years’ of English language training for their staff.

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  • 19 / June

    EF Education First launches research project on language learning with Harvard Graduate School of Education Faculty

    Boston, USA- Why do students from certain countries learn English more easily than students in other places? Why do the most effective strategies for teaching English to Russian and Chinese students differ greatly from those used to teach native speakers? Could a better understanding of what influences the mastery of core English skills help educators design more effective ways to teach? EF Education First (EF) and faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) will attempt to answer these and other questions central to the mystery of English language acquisition through an examination of language learning methodologies.

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  • 7 / June

    Tech Report SA features EF in report on e-learning

    Johannesburg, South Africa - EF Education First has been featured in a recent report on e-learning by TV's Tech Report SA, a tech news roundup that covers everything from new products, innovations and ideas, to what's going viral on the world wide web.

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  • 9 / May

    Lindner Hotels boosts service excellence with online English language training from EF

    Dusseldorf, Germany, 9th May 2013 - EF Edu¬cation First, the leading provider of corporate language training, announced today that it has been chosen as the language train¬ing supplier for Lindner Hotels & Resorts, the chain of four star hotels in Europe. In choosing EF as their language training provider, Lindner aims to further improve the quality of service in their hotels.

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  • 3 / May

    EF named as best online English language learning solution for the fourth consecutive year

    EF Englishtown, an EF Education First company, is once again named the world's best consumer website for learning English, according to TopTenReviews, one of the leading sites for independent and impartial product reviews. EF Englishtown operates using the same online platform and learning methodology as EF Efekta, the online School for businesses, education and government.

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  • 23 / Apr

    EF Education First extends Frontline with new English courses aimed at Aviation-sector Cabin-Crew

    18 April 2013, London: EF Education First, the world’s leading provider of language training for businesses and governments, today announced the immediate availability of EF Frontline for Cabin Crew, a new addition to the existing EF Frontline courses focused on industry-specific customer-facing staff. Built on the award-winning cloud-based language school EF Efekta, Frontline for Cabin-Crew aims to give on-board staff the specific English vocabulary and skills they need for their jobs in the shortest possible timeframe.

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  • 10 / Apr

    EF Education First announces major new release of its cloud-based English language school

    London 10 April, 2013 – EF Education First, the world leader in language training for business, government and the education sector announced today the details and immediate availability of EF Efekta 13, a major new release of its award winning online English school. The release looks set to further extend the pedagogical, technological and market leadership in the English language learning market enjoyed by the world’s largest private education company.

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  • 27 / Feb

    EF Education First and Peking University set up a research program for advancing English teaching studies

    Beijing, February 27, 2013 – EF Education First announced today that it has joined forces with the Peking University School of Foreign Languages to explore how to make English teaching more effective for China’s millions of learners. The EF-Peking University School of Foreign Languages Research Program will focus on how Chinese people learn English, as well as conduct highly practical research on the difficulties and challenges encountered by Chinese students.

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  • 05 / Feb

    EF Education First and the Republic of Tatarstan launch free international online school

    London, February 5, 2013 – EF Education First announced today the launch of a new online language school called Ana Tele, focused on the Tatar language, one of two official languages spoken in Tatarstan, a republic of the Russian Federation and one of its most economically developed.

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  • 13 / 11

    Global competitiveness at risk as business english proficiency falls behind

    London, 13th November 2012 – EF Education First announced today the results of a global study revealing that English language competencies of country workforces are worse than their corresponding populations as a whole; a worrisome trend for global competitiveness.

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  • 05 / 10

    EF Education First Announces Foundation of International Business Collaboration Award

    Moscow, Russia, October 5, 2012 - EF Education First announced a new award foundation today. This foundation will present an award annually for outstanding achievements in international business collaboration in Russia and CIS.

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  • 25 / 09

    Ef Education First breaks ground on new 300,000-square-foot north american headquarters in Cambridge, creates 400 jobs

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. September 25, 2012 – EF Education First, the world’s leading provider of language, travel and education services, broke ground on a new, 300,000-square-foot facility to serve as its expanded North American headquarters. The 55,000-square-foot development parcel is prominently located in the North Point area of Cambridge, next to EF’s existing, 250,000-square-foot building, beneath the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge, and adjacent to North Point Park and the Charles River.

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  • 10 / 07

    EF rated #1 for learning English online for the third consecutive year

    London, July 10, 2012 -- EF Englishtown, an EF Education First company, is the world's best consumer website for learning English, according to TopTenReviews, one of the world's leading sites specializing in independent and impartial product reviews. EF Englishtown operates using the same online platform and learning methodology as EF’s Online School for businesses and professionals.

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  • 06 / 07

    EF Education First and Universiade Kazan 2013 Become Partners

    Kazan, Russia, July 6, 2012 - One year prior to the 27th Summer Student Games in Kazan, EF Education First and the Universiade Directorate announced their partnership at the Kazan Kremlin presidential residence. The President of Tatarstan, the Kazan city mayor, and the ministers cabinet participated in the signing ceremony. Edward Baldakov, Head of EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions in Russia & CIS, and Vladimir Leonov, Head of Universiade Directorate, sealed the memorandum of intent. According to the partnership agreement, EF Education First will develop a language learning program and provide Universiade volunteers with English learning vouchers.

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  • 18 / 06

    Customer Facing Modules

    EF Education First, the world’s leading provider of language training for companies and the public sector, has today announced the launch of EF Frontline, a series of customer-facing industry-specific courses. Available on their award-winning online school, the modules aim to give employees the specific English vocabulary and skills they need for their jobs in the shortest possible timeframe.

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  • 2 / 05

    The Cost of Not Speaking English

    EF’s VP Ming Chen is interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the importance of speaking English for a business’s international competitiveness.

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  • 25 / 04

    Poor Communication and Language Skills of Employees are Constraining International Growth Prospects of Companies

    EF Education First, London, Wednesday 25th April 2012 -- According to a global report out today, almost half of executives (49%) admit that communication misunderstandings and messages lost in translation have stood in the way of major international business deals and resulted in significant losses for their company. Brazilian and Chinese companies have been affected even more so with 74% and 61% respectively reporting financial losses as a result of failed cross-border transactions. This is of concern given many businesses are looking to new markets to unlock opportunities and grow their companies overseas.

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  • 17 / 04

    INTERNATIONALLY SPONSORED TRAINING ACADEMY OPENS IN IRAQ TO TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE KEY SKILLS TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS

    Tuesday 17 April 2012: Sweden's Minister for Trade, Ewa Björling, and representatives from the Kurdish Regional Government Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, along with representatives from EF Education First and Scania, today attended the official ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Swedish Transport Academy in Erbil, Northern Iraq.

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  • 30 / 03

    Mind the gap: Norwegians’ English language skills don’t make the grade

    Oslo, 30th March 2012: Norwegians are often considered to be one of the most proficient non-native-speaking nations with regard to English language skills. However, a study by leading language training provider EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions has today suggested that this perception is not entirely accurate and that there is still considerable room for improvement.

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  • 23 / 03

    Monsanto grows its English language proficiency with EF Education First

    EF Education First, the leading corporate language training provider, announced today that it has been chosen as the sole language training supplier for Monsanto, a Fortune 500 multinational agricultural company. Monsanto has operations in over 65 countries, so a single language of communication is imperative for efficient global operations. In choosing EF as a single language training provider Monsanto aims to achieve a uniform standard of English proficiency company-wide while reducing training costs for a higher return on their investment.

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  • 14 / 02

    Midea enters strategic partnership with EF Education First

    EF Education First today announced the launch of an English language training program with Midea, China’s largest white goods manufacturer.

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  • 26 / 11

    EF Education First announces three key new executive staff members

    EF Education First announced today the appointment of three key new executive staff members to underpin its rapid growth in the business and public sector language learning markets.

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  • 25 / 11

    EF expands capacity further with new Executive Language Institute in London

    EF will be opening the doors to its brand new Executive Language Institute on the 12th March 2012. Located in Chelsea, one of the most exclusive areas of London, professionals will have convenient access to all of what’s best about London; fashionable boutiques, impressive museums, and excellent transport links. The institute boasts a high-tech language lab, a well-stocked library and comfortable reading areas.

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  • 08 / 07

    Cambridge University funds unique EF research project

    Cambridge University is to fund a unique project that uses millions of words from thousands of students at the world’s biggest online language school to work out one of the 21st Century’s billion-dollar questions: How people learn foreign languages.

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  • 06 / 04

    EF Online 4.0

    EF Online 4.0 is here. EF’s Online English School just got better and faster. See below for the latest updates and tools to help your company achieve the results you need to make your staff more effective at work.

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  • 05 / 04

    EF English Proficiency Index

    The EF English Proficiency Index (EPI) measures the average English proficiency of an entire country and compares English skill levels between countries. It is the first index of its kind to give countries a standardized measure of English competency in adults.

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  • 30 / 07

    EF wins prestigious education award

    EF’s Online English Language School with over 15 million users around the world, has received a Comenius-EduMedia-Award recognizing excellence in educational multimedia services.

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  • 03 / 05

    EF launched a "Revolutionary New Online School"!

    EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions is pleased to announce that the next generation of language learning is here! On April 1st, EF has launched a revolutionary new online school. We assure you it’s unlike any school you’ve ever seen!

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  • 20 / 01

    EF have started a world-wide campaign for disaster relief in Haiti

    EF have started a world-wide campaign for disaster relief in Haiti.

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  • 07 / 12

    EF has been named one of the top 50 foreign companies

    EF has been named one of the top 50 foreign companies to contribute to China by the China Enterprise Union.

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  • 23 / 10

    EF, the official provider for “Olá, Turista”

    EF's online school will develop a new course with specific content to qualify/train 80,000 Brazilians who will work at the 2014 World Cup.

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  • 13 / 09

    Ground-breaking collaboration with University of Cambridge

    EF Education First (EF) and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) have recently announced a ground-breaking global collaboration.

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  • 03 / 06

    the new EF book series

    Staff and teachers at the EF Executive Institute in Boston have been working hard to develop a new curriculum to integrate with the new EF book series. The curriculum is now available to all students at the EF Executive Institute in Boston.

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  • 02 / 06

    Boston Executive Language Institute Expands

    On June 2nd the EF Executive Language Institute in Boston, located in the EF Center, expanded its operations by 12 classrooms.

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  • 15 / 01

    Scania

    Rather than downsizing, Scania AB has decided to invest in educating employees during the economic downturn.

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