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EF Education First and Peking University set up a research program for advancing English teaching studies

Beijing, February 27, 2013 – Recently at a signing ceremony held at the Peking University School of Foreign Languages, EF Education First announced that it has joined forces with China’s top university to explore how to make English teaching more effective for China’s millions of learners.

The EF-Peking University School of Foreign Languages Research Program will focus on how Chinese people learn English, as well as conduct highly practical research on the difficulties and challenges encountered by Chinese students.

Following this landmark agreement, EF now has joint research projects with three leading universities on three continents: the University of Cambridge in England and Moscow State University in Russia, as well as Peking University in Asia.

 “We are proud to be working with Peking University,” said Bill Fisher, CEO of China. “This year marks EF’s 20th anniversary in China and our collaboration will help us remain at the forefront of language teaching in China and contribute to further our understanding of the most effective ways for Chinese students to learn English.”

Dean of the Peking University School of Foreign Languages, Professor Cheng Zhaoxiang said, “Foreign languages may function as a bridge to a deeper understanding of cultures and civilizations. The acquisition of basic English language skills is a launch pad for broader communication and the exchange of ideas between China and the international community. EF’s extensive experience of teaching English in China makes EF a good partner for our research program.”

The EF-Peking University School of Foreign Languages Research Program is the first high-level joint research program between Peking University’s School of Foreign Languages and an international education company for advancing English teaching studies.

About EF Education First

Established in 1965 with the mission to “break down barriers in language, culture and geography,” EF Education First is the world’s leading international education company ( a network of 400 schools and offices worldwide and the largest online English school ( EF specializes in language training, educational travel (, academic degrees, and cultural exchange programs. EF celebrates its 20th anniversary in China this year as one of the nation’s oldest English schools and has a long history in China that includes serving as the Official Language Training Supplier of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  EF also currently is the Official Language Supplier of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014. EF publishes the groundbreaking English Proficiency Index (, which measures the English ability of adults in different countries.

About Peking University’s School of Foreign Languages

Established in 1898, Peking University is China’s first and oldest national university. The School of Foreign Languages brings together the world’s brightest academic minds to study the field of foreign language and literature in China—departments include English Language and Literature, Western Languages and Literature, and Russian Language and Literature.