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Best Online English Schools in 2021: Top 7

With the advent of online English schools, many have chosen this way of learning to improve their English.

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Learning online has a number of advantages over group English courses and private lessons in offline format:

  • can be made convenient student schedule;
  • comfortable and familiar environment for language learning (home, office or any other place where you are comfortable and have the Internet);
  • saving travel time - you no longer need to waste time in traffic jams or pushing in a crowded metro, getting to courses or to a tutor;
  • you can choose any teacher, including a native speaker, because you are not limited to your area or city;
  • additional featuresprovided by schools: conversation clubs, learning platforms, app, video tutorials, etc .;
  • confirming knowledge certificate upon completion of training;
  • reasonable prices for courses.

New online English courses appear every day, but not all of them provide quality services. We've compared dozens of services and compiled a selection of the best online English schools to make it easier for you to choose.

1. Inglex

This school of English was founded by philologists, so the emphasis here is on the quality and teaching methodology. All teachers here are rigorously selected, have experience working with adult students, closely monitor the progress of students and motivate them to study.

Even before paying and starting training, students are provided with a free introductory lesson. On it you will meet your future teacher, receive recommendations based on your goals, and take a test to determine your level of knowledge of the English language.

Another advantage of this online English school is its flexible approach. Teachers adjust the training program to the needs and demands of each student, all English skills are worked out evenly.

Lessons are held online on an interactive platform - this is a modern textbook compiled by the school's methodologists. Courses at different levels are based on proven teaching aids and focus on a communicative approach to teaching English. Classes are structured in such a way that you will start speaking English already in the first lesson, even if you have an elementary level.

School features:

  1. The best teachers have an average experience of 9 years, which is significantly higher than in other schools.
  2. Own platform - an interactive online classroom that is flexibly customizable to the needs of the student.
  3. A free introductory lesson with a potential teacher lasts 40-45 minutes. You can take several lessons until you find the right teacher.
  4. Teachers - Russian-speaking or native speakers from the UK and the USA.
  5. The duration of the lesson to choose from - 45 or 60 minutes.
  6. Free cancellation of the lesson 3 hours before the lesson.
  7. A wide range of courses for adults and children (including from scratch), depending on the purpose of the study.
  8. Obtaining a certificate confirming your level of knowledge after graduation.

What bonuses are there for students:

  1. Free online conversation clubs.
  2. Personal dictionary where you can add words from the textbook and other sources.
  3. A handy trainer for memorizing words and expanding vocabulary, which you can use on your phone.
  4. Bonus lessons for every friend who started studying at the Inglex English school on the recommendation of a student.
  5. Loyalty system for students who have been studying at school for a long time.

Cost of classes

The online school offers 2 tariffs to choose from: "Convenient" (you can cancel classes, while the lessons are saved) or "Profitable" (the price of a lesson is lower, but lessons cannot be canceled). You can pay for English courses in packages of 5, 10, 20 or 40 lessons with a discount of up to 30%. The cost of a lesson starts from 700 ₽ (about $ 10) for a lesson with a Russian-speaking teacher, and with a native speaker - from 1700 ₽ (about $ 23).

2. Skyeng

The school is one of the top XNUMX online English courses. However, you will not find an individual approach here - many educational processes at school are automated. For example, in an introductory lesson, you will need to take a special test and complete an assignment in order to independently determine the level of English proficiency. A school member will then connect with you to learn about your goals and talk about the school. You will get to know the teacher only in the first lesson, after payment.

We can safely say that this is the most technologically advanced online English school. Lessons are held on the interactive platform Vimbox, students of the school have access to an application for listening practice and a trainer for memorizing words, an extension for the browser with subtitles for films.

School features:

  1. Free trial lesson with a methodologist to determine the level of knowledge.
  2. Vimbox's own online learning platform.
  3. Teachers - Russian-speaking or English-speaking (not necessarily native speakers).
  4. The duration of the lesson is 50 minutes.
  5. Beginner courses, IT, travel, business English, etc.
  6. Free cancellation of the lesson 8 hours before the lesson.

What bonuses are there for students:

  1. Conversation clubs of English (free for the first 3 months, then school students pay additional access).
  2. Mobile apps for memorizing words, listening and doing homework.
  3. Bonus lessons for every friend who started school on the recommendation of a student.

Cost of classes

The school has two tariffs: "Standard" and "Premium". Prices for the Standard tariff start at 790 ₽ (about $ 11) for a lesson with a Russian-speaking teacher (this price is possible with the purchase of a maximum package of 64 lessons), from 1920 ₽ ($ 25) for a lesson with an English-speaking teacher. There are packages of 8, 16, 32 and 64 lessons to choose from.

The "Premium" rate assumes that you will have a more qualified teacher - at the regular rate you can be offered a teacher with an Intermediate level and little work experience. Also, the premium rate includes support for a personal curator and unlimited access to conversation clubs. At this rate, courses will cost from 1190 ₽ (about $ 16) per lesson.

3. White Rabbit

When the creators of this online language school came up with a name for it, they were inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The White Rabbit is a mentor teacher who leads his students into the world of the English language.

The entire training process takes place only via Skype, the training materials are adapted to the online format. There is a basic conversation course, English for travel, business English and preparation for exams, including international ones.

The online school specializes not only in English courses. There are courses here where you can learn French, German, Spanish, Italian and other languages.

School features:

  1. Free introductory lesson with a future teacher, lasts 30-40 minutes.
  2. Lessons are held via Skype.
  3. Teachers are Russian-speaking and native speakers.
  4. The duration of the lesson to choose from - 45, 60 or 90 minutes.
  5. Free cancellation of the lesson 24 hours before the lesson.
  6. Homework is checked in the lesson.
  7. The minimum payment is 2 lessons.

What bonuses are there for students:

  1. Free English speaking clubs.
  2. Discounts up to 6% depending on the size of the payment.
  3. Bonus 500 rubles for friends invited to school.

Cost of classes

The cost depends on the level of the student's language. If you have a beginner or intermediate level, the price of a lesson will be from 640 ₽ (about $ 9), if it is high, then from 725 ₽ (about $ 10) per lesson.

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4. Melene

In this school, English is mainly taught by Russian-speaking tutors who have lived or studied abroad, but there are also native speakers of the language. The range of prices between Russian-speaking and foreign tutors is not very high.

It is not in vain that this school takes its place on our list of the best English courses - experienced teachers work here, and the cost of training is affordable. The school does not have its own online platform - you will study via Skype. It is worth paying attention to the fact that you can return the money only within a year after you attended the last lesson. If you took a break for a longer time, you will have to say goodbye to the money on the school's balance sheet.

Also in Melene there are courses where you can learn German, French, Spanish and Italian.

School features:

  1. Free introductory lesson with a future teacher, lasts about 20 minutes.
  2. Lessons are held via Skype.
  3. Teachers are Russian-speaking and native speakers.
  4. The duration of the lesson to choose from - 45, 60 or 90 minutes.
  5. Free cancellation or rescheduling of a class up to 24 hours before the start.

What bonuses are there for students:

  1. Discount for tuition if 8 lessons took place per month.
  2. Bonus lessons for every friend who started a course on the recommendation of a student.
  3. 1 lesson as a gift when buying a package of 20 lessons.

Cost of classes

The cost depends on the level of knowledge of the student. The price of a lesson for beginners will be from 680 ₽ ($ 9), if you have an intermediate or high level, the cost will be from 780 ₽ ($ 10).

5. Englishdom

This school combines distance learning and English courses in video, as well as online grammar trainers. Lessons are held online individually with a teacher who will be selected by a methodologist after the introductory lesson. The user will see his teacher in the first lesson only after payment.

In addition to the teacher, a personal manager will monitor your progress. He will help with training questions, reschedule and cancel the class, set a new schedule if necessary, and be able to answer your training questions.

School features:

  1. Free introductory lesson with a methodologist to determine the level of knowledge and learning goals.
  2. Digital tutorial.
  3. Teachers - Russian-speaking or English-speaking (not necessarily native speakers).
  4. The duration of the lesson is 50 minutes.
  5. Free cancellation of the lesson 12 hours before the lesson up to twice a month.
  6. There are different courses for adults and schoolchildren (basic English, travel, pronunciation, business English, exam preparation, etc.).
  7. Personal manager.

What bonuses are there for students:

  1. English speaking clubs (charged depending on the purchased package of lessons).
  2. Personal account in the form of a mobile application.
  3. Online trainers for practicing grammar.
  4. 10% discount for family activities.

Cost of classes

From 790 ₽ (about $ 11) for a lesson with a Russian-speaking teacher, from 1590 ₽ ($ 21) for a lesson with an English-speaking teacher. Courses are paid for in packages of 5, 10, 20 and 50 lessons.

6. American Club of Education

At first, this English learning center worked only offline, now a separate ACE-online division has appeared, providing distance English courses.

These online English courses are licensed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, which allows the school to issue certificates that are recognized at the state level - not all online language schools can boast of this.

School features:

  1. Free introductory lesson with a future teacher.
  2. Both individual lessons and small online groups (3-7 students) are possible.
  3. Classes are held via Skype (virtual rooms are created for working in pairs, you can write on an electronic board, work with videos and presentations).
  4. Free cancellation of the lesson 24 hours before the lesson.
  5. Possibility of freezing the balance once every 6 months for up to 14 days.
  6. Courses: Conversation, Business, General Course, Preparation for the Unified State Exam, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.

What bonuses are there for students: шCola often provides discounts on tuition of 15-20% and higher, seasonal discounts and special offers.

Cost of classes

The courses are paid monthly: for 1 month - 22 800 rubles ($ 303), for 2 months - 42 800 rubles ($ 568).

Completing the entire English course online will take 4,5 months and will cost 89 rubles ($ 900).

7. Chicaga

Another English language school that has earned a place of honor on this list. Chicaga is based in St. Petersburg, but in addition to offline education, it offers distance learning on the interactive online platform Chicaga Edu developed by them.

A distinctive feature of the school is also considered a unique method of learning English emotioNess, created on the basis of research by British scientists. This technique offers an effective approach to teaching and combines elements of psychology and linguistics. It is believed that mastering the curriculum is much better if students are in a comfortable environment during the lesson.

School features:

  1. Free trial lesson.
  2. Teachers are Russian-speaking and native speakers.
  3. Cambridge and Oxford methodology + emotioNess proprietary.
  4. Online mini-groups (maximum 6 students).
  5. Classes are held on Chicaga Edu's own online platform.
  6. Courses: for children 5-12 years old, for schoolchildren 13-17 years old, for adults.

What bonuses are there for students: шCola periodically hosts interesting raffles for students who purchase courses and gives cool prizes, such as a trip to the Harry Potter Museum in London or a fashionable scooter.

Lesson cost: 310 ₽ ($ 4,2) for a 45-minute lesson.

conclusions

As you can see, there is a choice among the courses. But remember that the success of your training primarily depends on the professionalism of the teacher. Therefore, of the listed online schools, we recommend that you pay attention to Inglex, where special attention is paid to the selection and training of teachers - for this very reason it leads our top online English schools.

If the technical equipment of the English school is a priority for you, pay attention to Skyeng.

At the same time, all of the above online courses have their own positive features and will be a good choice for learning English. We can recommend them - they all deservedly got into this ranking of online English schools.

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