What is English First?
English First is one of 16 business units that work under the global umbrella of Education First, often referred to simply as EF. Our focus is local English language training courses. The goal is the same at all of our schools: providing excellent teaching in an immersive environment. If you work for English First, you’ll be teaching people who live just down the street…giving you a unique chance to bring them an international experience just outside their door. English First focuses on offering the best language journey for both kids and adults. Our lessons take place inside real classrooms with amazing teacher resources. You’ll have a variety of classes including face-to-face small lessons, large workshops and Life Clubs, English First’s very own course that encourages students to apply their language learning skills in a social environment. Learn about English First and what makes us special by seeing what makes us the ESL experts.
The Story of Education First
Education First was founded in 1965 by a man with a vision, Bertil Hult, who still heads the company today. His dream was to create an educational experience for students unlike any other. Focusing on language training, travel and above all, fun, Education First has since grown into a successful company with over 40,000 employees, 500 schools and offices, and locations in 107 countries. English First, a division of Education First, started in China in 1994, back when ESL was gaining traction in the Middle Kingdom after the opening up and reform policies of the 1980s. Because of our early start, we became a trendsetter of teaching English in China. Click to learn more about the history of English First.
What else should I know about Education First?
- Since 1988, Education First and the Olympics have partnered together 6 times: Seoul, Beijing, Sochi, Rio de Janeiro, as well as Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020. By providing English experiences for volunteers, athletes and guests from around the world are able to enjoy their games experience in a common language.
- Education First takes corporate social responsibility seriously. That’s why we created the EF Global Classroom Foundation, an umbrella for English First’s charitable activities, which have included disaster relief in the U.S., China, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, and Nepal as well as providing funding for better educational opportunities to the underprivileged.