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Passionate about building confidence in English language

Direct English is an English language learning provider supporting both an international network of franchise partners, as well as thousands of adults worldwide to develop their confidence in the English language.

Established in 1997, Direct English operates in markets worldwide via physical centres and through an innovative online group training model called Direct English Live, providing the same quality teaching but accessible wherever you live and to fit in around your lifestyle.

Direct English is one of the English language learning brands within the Linguaphone Group, continuously innovating since 1901 to deliver the best experience and resources to ambitions partners and students globally.

The Linguaphone Group has always been a pioneer in language learning and publishing. Millions of language students worldwide have built confidence and language skills via the successful Linguaphone method – Listen, understand, speak.

Today, the Linguaphone Group is proud to operate in markets worldwide via their language learning brands Linguaphone UK, Pingu’s English, and of course, Direct English.


Louis Alexander – the reason Direct English exists

We are immensely proud of the heritage and dedication Direct English has had to provide thousands of adults worldwide to learn, develop and master the English language to progress, communicate and explore in an array of lifestyle and business opportunities. All of this is down to the brilliance of one man, our founder, Louis Alexander.

To say Louis Alexander was passionate about improving and supporting learning curriculums would be an understatement. Throughout his career he developed numerous communication language courses and made significant contributions as the chair of the Council of Europe’s committee on modern language learning teaching, creating the Common European Framework Reference which is still used today and adopted by all language systems worldwide.

Alongside these achievements, Louis Alexander also made it into the iconic Guinness Book of Records for selling the greatest number of books sold by an individual author in a single, in 1977 – a total of 4.7 million books worldwide!

Direct English is a culmination of Louis Alexander’s life works, using his influence on the innovative spiral syllabus, designed to focus on a language learner’s confidence.

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