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Live online group and private English classes designed around your needs.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • 80+ years teaching expertise
  • 80+ million people
  • 80+ countries around the world

How English Online works

A 100% online course taught by expert teachers

  • Expertly designed to meet your specific needs.
  • Practise your speaking skills, learn new grammar, expand your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation and fluency.
  • Practise speaking, listening and reading with a global community of expert teachers in live online interactive classes.
  • Receive British Council certificates of achievement to celebrate your learning.
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Achieve your goals with English Online

Choose your level, themes and class times
Practise with premium online learning activities
Earn your British Council certificate

Choose your monthly subscription plan

Choose your monthly plan and create your own course by booking classes at the times that are most convenient for you. Pick a plan of class credits and decide when, what and how hard you want to study. You can choose and combine group classes and private classes.

Special offer for VISA card holders: as a VISA card holder, you receive a 10% discount on our prices. The discount is automatically applied if you book through this page dedicated to Visa. The discount might change if English Online has campaigns running.

Please be aware that if you do not book through this page, you will not be entitled to the discount. The Visa card holder discount is not cumulative with other promotions.


10% Discount

5 class credits

The number of classes you can attend during your trial period will depend on your selected plan. Your first payment will be taken 7 days after account activation (7-day trial period). You may cancel at any time during the free trial to avoid this charge.

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...

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.”

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.”

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!”

Need a little more information?

How does the 7-day trial work?

To receive your trial, you'll need to enter some identity and payment information to create your English Online account (but you will not be charged). Once this has been securely processed, you will be able to instantly access our platform. If you choose to continue your studies with us after your 7-day trial period, your first payment will be automatically processed at the regular monthly subscription price. You can cancel at any time during your trial or monthly subscription.

Which subscription plan is right for me?

Study in your own time and at your own pace. If you want to fast track your spoken English then try our Platinum subscription plan, so that you can attend 3-4 classes per week. If you prefer a slower pace, then our Gold subscription plan will improve your general English skills with 2-3 classes a week. You can change your subscription plan at any time.

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.

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Get in touch with our Customer Support Team with any questions you may have.

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