EF has been chosen as the Official Supplier of Language Programs of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. EF will deliver language training to 110,000 Rio 2016 staff as well as to over 900,000 candidates for the Olympic volunteer program, contractors, and school children in Brazil. In total, more than 1,000,000 people will be trained, making this the world’s largest language training program in progress.
The appointment builds on EF’s long association with the Olympics – stretching back to the Seoul Games in 1988, to most recently the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. EF trained 70,000 athletes, volunteers, judges and organizers in the run-up to Russia’s first Winter Olympics.
EF Research Unit at University of Cambridge
EF has established a Research Unit at the University of Cambridge Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics to promote innovation in language learning and assessment. Our distinguished team of scientists and linguists are jointly conducting research at the cutting edge of technology to fundamentally improve the way students learn English.
In 2010, EF joined a global partnership with AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organization, specializing in leadership development and internship exchange, at the “Youth to Business Forum 2010” in Hyderabad, India. EF is contributing to AIESEC’s goal of offering young people the opportunity to be global citizens and change the world by supporting local AIESEC chapters, through offering exclusive rebates to AIESEC members on their language education.
EF was selected as the Official Language Training Supplier of the 16th Asian Games, held in southern China in November 2010. We trained 60,000 volunteers to speak English in preparation for one of China’s largest cities, Guangzhou, to host this regional athletic event.
Whitbread Round the World Sailing Race
In 1998, EF sponsored two boats in the Whitbread Round the World Sailing Race, including the winning boat “EF Language” (skippered by Paul Cayard) as well as the first all-female boat. Now known as the Volvo Ocean Race, this sporting challenge has been named “The Everest of Sailing.” For eight months, focused crews sail 37,000 nautical miles across some of the world’s most treacherous oceans. Winning this fierce competition was a clear illustration of one of EF’s core values that “nothing is impossible.”