Frequently asked question
There are so many English language schools in Russia. Why should I choose EF English First?
EF English First is a world expert in teaching English language since 1965. Thanks to EF millions of people around the world fluently communicate in English and use all the benefits of a knowledge of English.
We are not like other language schools.
Here are just a few of our advantages:
In EF you'll never miss a lesson because you can choose a suitable schedule for language learning. This way more of your time can be dedicated to your family and friends, hobbies and self-development.
90% of teachers - native speakers
You are immediately immersed in the language and communicate more fluently with each class attended. At beginner levels you will have lessons with a Russian-speaking teacher.
Access to the online lessons 24/7
Using the online component of iLab and mobile application you can study from home, office, cafe or anywhere where there is an Internet connection.
Learn the language as you are skating, discussing movies, visiting exhibitions or chatting in a cafe. Let the English go beyond the classroom and into you real life!
Your personal progress manager will always help you to choose a suitable schedule and quickly make progress in learning English.
For 50 years EF English First has been a world expert in teaching children and teenagers English language. EF English First schools have been successfully operating in Russia for 20 years.
Interactive online program
iLab is an innovative online learning platform that allows children to continue learning English after school, at any time and any place.
Attentive and caring teachers
Our teachers know how to get along with children. They have a pedagogical education, vast experience and international certificates, such as TKT and CELTA.
Science and research
EF collaborates with leading universities around the world, among them - the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Peking University and Moscow State University.
90% of students successfully pass Cambridge exams and are awarded worldwide recognized certificates. Our young students confidently choose their path in life.
We are trusted
95% of parents recommend EF. We are the official supplier of language programs at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, Sochi in 2014, and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Where are your foreign teachers from?
We employ native speaking teachers from English-speaking countries, such as UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
What is the qualification of teachers at EF English First?
All EF English First teachers have vast teaching experience and international certificates, such as TKT, TEFL and CELTA. Most of them have a university degree with a major in teaching. We employ teachers not only on the basis of their qualifications and experience. It’s important they have the following personal qualities: ability to establish rapport and get along with their students, inspire and motivate to achieve results.
How do I know what course would be suitable for me?
At the beginning it is very important to set an appropriate goal: what you or your child needs English for. Properly defined purpose will help us find a program that best meets your needs in terms of schedule, intensity and study load.
Depending on your goals, you will discuss an appropriate course for you with our course consultant. When you decide on the course that is the most suitable for you, we will offer to take a placement test on a computer in order to determine the right level of training. The test takes 15 to 30 minutes and assesses all language skills: reading, writing, speaking in English and listening comprehension. After the computer test you will take an oral placement test with a teacher who will assess how you use English in everyday communication.
In EF English First Kids & Teens schools students are divided into groups according to their age and current level of training. In our Adults schools groups are formed based on the level of training and learning objectives of students.
How many students will be in my group?
We form small groups that are will feel comfortable to study in and where teachers can pay attention to each student individually. The average number of students in kids and teens groups is from 10 to 12. This enables a teacher to use all forms of collaborative learning in their lessons: from games and communicating in pairs to debates and creative tasks in mini-groups.
Studying at our Adults schools involves different formats of group classes. In a face-to-face lesson with a teacher there will be no more than 6 people, in a workshop there will be no more than 12 people, in an EF Life Club event - up to 25 people. Adults and Kids and Teens programs also include individual and group lessons online.
How long is a course at EF English First?
For children and teenagers we recommend programs to study English that go along with learning at school. It helps our young students to improve their academic performance in English, effectively prepare for taking final, entrance and state exams, and, most importantly, to acquire the skills to communicate freely in English, which will help them in the future. There is no need to wait for the new semester - we open new groups on a regular basis throughout the year.
Duration of a course for adults depends on your goals, what your level is when you start learning with EF and what level you want to achieve. You’re welcome to come and talk with a course consultant at one of our schools in order to understand which course is right for you.
What are EF English First guarantees?
EF Programs for adults:
We guarantee that you will achieve the desired result that has been set prior to the start of training .You define the aim of training together with your personal progress manager. If you attend 95% of lessons with a teacher, complete at least 70% of online exercises but fail to pass the level test, you can take the same level again for free.
EF Programs for children and teenagers:
Through training at EF more students got accepted to the most prestigious Russian and foreign universities. Our students successfully pass state and international exams in English as a foreign language. We guarantee that if your child attends all classes and did not reach the result, we will offer an additional course for free.
What is EF Efekta™ System?
System EF Efekta™ System is a unique learning methodology that combines lessons with a teacher in the classroom, online classes in the iLab program and weekly EF Life Club events. EF Efekta™ System enables you to develop all language skills: reading, writing, listening comprehension, with an emphasis on speaking.
Every day over 200 developers, linguists, academics, programmers and designers at EF work on the development and improving of this system. The structure of the methodology consists of 4 components: the ""learn"", ""try"", ""apply"" and ""certify"".
EF Programs for adults:
Learn - consolidation of all key language skills: reading, writing, listening comprehension and communication - in the online program iLab.
Try - classes with teachers who are native speakers. Under the guidance of a teacher you practice everything you’ve learned on your own in the iLab.
Apply - live communication in everyday situations at exciting EF Life Club events: from dance lessons and visits to the cinema to trips to the countryside and tastings at the restaurant.
Certify - confirmation of knowledge and receiving EF Certificate of Achievement, as well as (optional) taking Cambridge and other international English as a foreign language exams.
EF Programs for children and adolescents:
Learn - learning with experienced teachers in the classroom, children acquire the key skills of English language proficiency.
Try - exciting work in the online program iLab to help students consolidate the skills learned during their lessons in the classroom.
Apply - games, holidays, tours and other EF Life Club activities - a practice of the language in a natural, relaxed atmosphere.
Certify – students regularly test their knowledge and prepare for Cambridge exams in a systematic manner. Exam preparation at EF greatly facilitates successful passing of Cambridge exams and Russian state exams.
How do I use iLab home?
Before the start of training we provide you with a unique password to log in to iLab. You can learn English anywhere where it’s comfortable for you, on any computer connected to the Internet. Do homework, review what you’ve already learned and track your progress!
What happens if I missed a lesson with a teacher?
After you’ve studied a unit in the iLab, you get coupons for lessons with a teacher. You can always book lessons in advance on this page . Just select a convenient time for a lesson. In addition, you can book a lesson for the same day, using the option Standby. In this case, even if you cannot attend a class, the coupons will remain on your account.
Kids and teens courses:
If your child has missed three or more sessions in a row, you are entitled to a free compensation lesson. It takes place individually with the teacher at a time that’s convenient for you. In this lesson your child will catch up on the missed class work and skills training. In addition, the teacher will plan homework for your child in order for him/her to make up for the missed lessons.
Will there be homework?
Yes, homework assignments are given after each lesson. Your teacher will also be checking homework regularly.
How much will the course cost?
The cost depends on the chosen course and the duration of the course. For more information call us at 8-800-100-01-01.
We are well aware of the fact that when choosing a language school, the majority of people take the price of the course into account. Therefore, we offer affordable prices that do not exceed the cost of courses at most major language schools. In addition, we regularly give discounts and organize events, thanks to which training at EF becomes yet more profitable and beneficial for you.
Learning English - is an investment in your future. Invest only in what you really trust. We have been teaching English for 50 years. You can trust us.
Is it possible to study one-on-one?
Yes, at EF it is possible for children and teenagers to study individually, one-on-one with a teacher. We will fully adapt the individual learning program for specific learning goals of your child. Depending on the particular training program, your child will enjoy all the advantages of studying with EF English First: the ability to attend conversation clubs, use the online learning program iLab or training materials. For every child we will discuss and tailor the schedule and study load individually.
Can there be additional extra-curricular classes?
Yes, at EF there may be additional extracurricular learning programs for children and teenagers, individual one-on-one classes in order to achieve personal goals (for example, grammar revision or pronunciation training), and theme entertainment and educational conversational activities EF Life Club +, where your child will be practicing real language with a teacher who is a native English speaker.
Will I get a certificate after I complete a course?
Yes, you will. Upon the completion of a course, students receive EF Certificate Of Achievement. This certificate might be for a level, as well as for a few levels of training. It confirms your knowledge and is approved by HULT Business School, which has been ranked 6th in the ranking of international business education facilities in the United States.
There is a free trial lesson?
Yes, there is. Sign up for a free trial lesson by completing the registration form on our website or by calling us at 8-800-10-01-01.
Is there an extra charge for the textbooks?
Textbooks and other learning materials for children and teenagers courses are to be purchased separately. Ask a course consultant at your EF English First school about the exact cost of textbook and learning materials for your child.
For adults courses all training materials are in the online learning program. They are free and available to download.