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We help you gain confidence and improve your speaking, pronunciation and vocabulary.

  • Practice in small group classes and private one-to-one classes
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  • Choose your level. From beginner to advanced.

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What is English Online?

Explore Part of the Themes

Social
All about me

All about me

  • Nice to meet you
  • Do you speak English?
  • What do you usually do?
  • Things I can do
  • My family
  • The things I like
Social
Food and Health

Food and Health

  • TV time!
  • Favourite food
  • Feeling sick
  • Making an appointment
  • Visiting the doctor
  • Staying healthy
Social
Work, rest and play

Work, rest and play

  • What I do
  • I'm going out
  • Sport and games
  • Places for entertainment
  • When did you last...?
  • Did you have a good weekend?
Social
Travel and culture

Travel and culture

  • Checking in to a hotel
  • Ordering food
  • Sightseeing
  • Passport control
  • English around the world
  • The UK today
Social
Experiences

Experiences

  • An important event
  • A day out
  • What I did at the weekend
  • Business travel
  • Let's see the world
  • First times
Business
Effective Meetings

Effective Meetings

  • Making Decisions
  • Organising an event
  • What is your suggestion?
  • Making a request
  • A good plan
  • Looking at the facts
Business
Business Communication

Business Communication

  • Market research
  • Cost cutting
  • Investigating a problem
  • Asking and answering basic questions
  • Action Planning
  • A good company
BusinessWriting
Writing in official situations

Writing in official situations

  • Applying for a job
  • Joining instructions
  • Writing a complaint
  • Responding to a complaint
  • Describing data
  • Writing about a process
Social
Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

  • Cultural celebrations and festivals
  • My celebrations: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Comparing cultures
  • Talking about fashion in your country
  • Musicians
  • The silver screen
Business
Workplace skills

Workplace skills

  • Interacting with people
  • Talking about work
  • Making Arrangements
  • Understanding problems on the phone
  • Changing jobs
  • Discussing a project
Social
Conversation

Conversation

  • The art of conversation
  • Avoiding awkward silences
  • Telling a personal anecdote
  • Effective listening
  • Emotions and feelings
  • My childhood experiences
Business
Business Communication

Business Communication

  • Long-term goals
  • Job appraisal interview
  • Getting in touch with people on the phone
  • Job interviews
  • What would you do?
  • Corporate social responsibility
Business
Presentations and processes

Presentations and processes

  • Giving a presentation
  • Presenting information formally
  • Analysis and presentation
  • So, how does it work?
  • Opinions in meetings
  • Meeting topics and discussion
BusinessWriting
Writing in a structured way

Writing in a structured way

  • Emailing for information
  • Applying for a job
  • Writing an evaluation
  • Report writing
  • Describing data
  • Comparing data
Business
Employment matters

Employment matters

  • Rewarding people
  • The marketing mix
  • Something is wrong
  • The business trip was...
  • Asking someone how they got their job
  • Showing your best side
Business
Effective Meetings

Effective Meetings

  • Presenting ideas
  • Diplomacy
  • Talking about talents and skills
  • Dealing with awkward situations
  • Behaviour at school
  • Kamana Island
Social
Discussion and Debate

Discussion and Debate

  • Expressing yourself at meetings
  • How's the learning going?
  • It's magic!
  • Celebrity: What's your opinion?
  • Fair justice?
  • Nightmare neighbours
Business
Negotiations

Negotiations

  • Clarity is key
  • Justifying your opinion
  • Dealing with disaster
  • Getting the pay rise you deserve
  • Food for thought
  • Chairing the meeting
SocialWriting
Writing to persuade

Writing to persuade

  • A bad restaurant experience
  • Food and health
  • The role of the media
  • A better time abroad
  • A live performance
  • The cultural centre
Social
Science, Technology and Media

Science, Technology and Media

  • Is TV bad for us?
  • Science today
  • Great achievements
  • The impact of technology
  • Discussing a news item
  • In the news
Social
Education and Training

Education and Training

  • The education system
  • Life Skills
  • School Days
  • English as a medium of instruction
  • Learning styles and language learning
  • Blended learning
Business
Business Communication

Business Communication

  • Presentations for international audiences
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Current tendencies
  • Staff morale
  • Follow the rules
  • Internships
Business
Employment matters

Employment matters

  • The 9 team roles
  • Creative decision making
  • Staff induction
  • Community centre
  • Win-win negotiations
  • Future shock
Social
Science, Space and Technology

Science, Space and Technology

  • Solutions
  • Theories
  • The way things are going
  • Gadgets
  • Moon landing
  • Asteroids and meteorites
SocialWriting
Writing with a purpose

Writing with a purpose

  • Personal statement
  • Someone I admire
  • Writing for the web
  • Crime rates
  • Many hands make light work?
  • Volunteering

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It’s time to level up your English skills!

Choose a monthly subscription plan that suits your budget and lifestyle. Pick a plan based on how many live online classes you want to join each month and start learning today.

  • Unlimited access to learning materials and activities with any plan.
  • Access to teacher-led grammar webinars.
  • British Council badges and certificates.
  • 7-day free trial for Gold and Platinum Plans (2 group classes or 1 private class).

 

Choose a monthly subscription plan that suits your budget and lifestyle.
Use your class credits to book group and private classes. Live online classes:
Group classes: 55 min / 1 credit
Private classes: 25 min / 2 credits
Pay online and cancel your monthly subscription at any time.

Silver

5 class credits Use your credits to book group and private live online classes:
Group classes: 55 min /1 credit
Private classes: 25 min /2 credits

per month
(%1 per class)

Private and Group Classes Up to 10 students in group class

4 Live25 sessions per month Live25 sessions are 25-minute grammar or pronunciation webinars. You can use them as an opportunity for additional practice between your regular group or private classes.

24 hours a day/7 days a week
Pay monthly & cancel anytime

Gold

10% Discount

10 class credits Use your credits to book group and private live online classes:
Group classes: 55 min /1 credit
Private classes: 25 min /2 credits

per month
(%1 per class)

Private and Group Classes Up to 10 students in group class

4 Live25 sessions per monthLive25 sessions are 25-minute grammar or pronunciation webinars. You can use them as an opportunity for additional practice between your regular group or private classes.

24 hours a day/7 days a week
Pay monthly & cancel anytime

for your first 4 months

Platinum

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Premium Business Classes included
10% Discount

15 class credits Use your credits to book group and private live online classes:
Group classes: 55 min /1 credit
Private classes: 25 min /2 credits

per month
(%1 per class)

Premium Business ClassesPremium Business Classes: Premium Business Classes in English aim to prepare individuals for the workplace by developing specific spoken and written business communication skills, such as effective presentation skills and modern business document writing.

Private and Group Classes Up to 10 students in group class

4 Live25 sessions per monthLive25 sessions are 25-minute grammar or pronunciation webinars. You can use them as an opportunity for additional practice between your regular group or private classes.

24 hours a day/7 days a week
Pay monthly & cancel anytime

for your first 4 months

During your trial period, you will receive 2 credits that can be used to book either 2 group classes or 1 private class. Your first payment will be taken 7 days after account activation (7-day trial period). You may cancel at any time during your free trial period.

Please note: Subscribing to English Online means that each month you will be automatically charged in local currency via our payment provider (Stripe), and will receive a receipt via email. Cancel your subscription at any time. For more information, please read the terms and conditions of sale.

Silver 12 Months

Premium Business Classes included

60 class credits Use your credits to book group and private live online classes:
Group classes: 55 min /1 credit
Private classes: 25 min /2 credits

Premium Business ClassesPremium Business Classes: Premium Business Classes in English aim to prepare individuals for the workplace by developing specific spoken and written business communication skills, such as effective presentation skills and modern business document writing.

Private and Group Classes Up to 10 students in group class

Live25 sessionsLive25 sessions are 25-minute grammar or pronunciation webinars. You can use them as an opportunity for additional practice between your regular group or private classes.

24 hours a day/7 days a week

Gold 12 Months

Premium Business Classes included

120 class credits Use your credits to book group and private live online classes:
Group classes: 55 min /1 credit
Private classes: 25 min /2 credits

Premium Business ClassesPremium Business Classes: Premium Business Classes in English aim to prepare individuals for the workplace by developing specific spoken and written business communication skills, such as effective presentation skills and modern business document writing.

Private and Group Classes Up to 10 students in group class

Live25 sessionsLive25 sessions are 25-minute grammar or pronunciation webinars. You can use them as an opportunity for additional practice between your regular group or private classes.

24 hours a day/7 days a week

Platinum 12 Months

Premium Business Classes included

180 class credits Use your credits to book group and private live online classes:
Group classes: 55 min /1 credit
Private classes: 25 min /2 credits

Premium Business ClassesPremium Business Classes: Premium Business Classes in English aim to prepare individuals for the workplace by developing specific spoken and written business communication skills, such as effective presentation skills and modern business document writing.

Private and Group Classes Up to 10 students in group class

Live25 sessionsLive25 sessions are 25-minute grammar or pronunciation webinars. You can use them as an opportunity for additional practice between your regular group or private classes.

24 hours a day/7 days a week

Please note: Subscribing to English Online means that each month you will be automatically charged in local currency via our payment provider (Stripe), and will receive a receipt via email. Cancel your subscription at any time. For more information, please read the terms and conditions of sale.

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Our students love learning with us because...

Martin (English Online student)

“I’m Martin Bocek from the Czech Republic and I’m a happy English Online student. I’m very happy, because I have had a great experience studying with English Online. You have great teachers! I’m blind and I’m using a screen reader and Braille display and I’m very happy with this. British Council’s English Online platform is great for me and I think, for all your students.”

Raffaella (English Online student)

“I came to the British Council’s English Online course because I realised that it was better for me to study from home and face a different teacher and classmates in each class. You helped me get back to learning English after a forced stop that risked me losing my learnings- but you managed to engage me! Both the course and payment options were flexible, with the ability to stop when I wanted. This course gave me the consistency in learning that I had lacked in recent years.”

Miguel (English Online student)

“I had never taken English classes or any other language online, and I was pleasantly surprised by the course’s pedagogical quality, technical platform, organisation, and effectiveness. It is both a well-structured and enriching course. The classes are delightful and understandable, in a friendly and comfortable environment. I have enjoyed every class, especially the ‘breakout room’ discussions and the ‘feedback moment’ from teachers at the end of every class. The teachers are kind and supportive, and they share a lot of practical and helpful knowledge beyond the English textbook delivery. If you doubt it, you should try it!”

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How does it work?

What happens in a live class?

Join online classes with students from around the world for real-time speaking, listening and reading practice with an expert British Council teacher. We encourage you to interact with the materials, your teacher and your fellow students. Towards the end of class, the teacher will recap, share all the learning materials and ensure everybody has understood the lesson.

What technology do I need to join English Online?

To access your student portal and attend our live online classes, you will need: 

  • a desktop/laptop computer (preferred) or a mobile device (tablet, smartphone)
  • a reliable Internet connection 
  • a headset or headphones with a built-in microphone 
  • a working webcam 

If you want to join online classes, please also note:

English Online classes take place using the free and secure Zoom software. Please make sure to download Zoom to your device before your class begins.  

We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to access the English Online platform as some portal features may not work as desired on other browsers. 

Your name on Zoom must perfectly match the name connected to your English Online account, otherwise teachers reserve the right to deny you access to your live class.

To ensure an optimal learning experience for all, our students must commit to respecting our virtual classroom rules. This means you must actively participate in your class and have your microphone and webcam turned on at all times, so that your teacher and the other students can interact with you freely, as they would in any face-to-face classroom.

Please consult our English Online code of conduct for students before you subscribe.

Who are the teachers?

All our teachers are highly qualified and experienced British Council English teaching professionals. Our teachers are experienced in working with students from many different countries and are online teaching specialists. Teacher training takes place regularly and teaching quality is monitored and evaluated by a team of specialists to ensure we deliver the best learning experience possible.

If you prefer a certain teacher, you can choose to only book classes with them, whether in a group or private setting.

However, we believe it is pedagogically very valuable to have different teachers who have different pronunciation and speak different dialects of English. This exposure to different accents is essential in a world where English is spoken by millions of people from different countries, and we think this is the best way for our students to be better prepared to deal with real-life situations.

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