Take the next step in your career

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

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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

  1. Choose your level, themes and class times
  2. Practise with premium online learning activities
  3. 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.


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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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Check your English level in minutes

Sign up to our mailing list to access a free online level test

Enter your email address below to take our 5 minute English level test.

Personal details will be held by the British Council and will only be used in relation to your request. Please read our terms of use for more information.

English Online levels are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), the international standard for English language learning.

Whatever your level, you can enjoy the flexibility of learning with English Online.

English Online is available at CEFR levels:

  • Elementary (A1)
  • Pre-Intermediate (A2)
  • Intermediate (B1)
  • Upper Intermediate (B2)
  • Advanced (C1)

Learn from highly experienced and qualified British Council teachers

Small classes of up to 10 adult students mean you get the individual attention you need in every class.

English Online is great because your English course is always at hand wherever you are! You can communicate with people from around the world in a safe and comfortable class environment, while being supported by the teacher at the same time.

Maria Penner

One of the great benefits of teaching online is that you can exchange ideas and dialog with other students without having to travel to a common meeting place that might not be convenient for you. It offers you flexibility to learn at your own pace.

Donald Moore

English Online provides learners with self-paced learning along with class flexibility, and these two parts are key. Learners develop their language along with other skills like tech literacy.

Dina ElSebaie

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 

Please 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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