EF to direct language training for Rio Olympics

EF Education First, a for-profit education company specializing in language learning, said it has been selected as the official supplier of language training services for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A Swedish company with its North American headquarters in Cambridge, EF said plans call for it to teach English to 100,000 staffers for the Rio games and to nearly 700,000 candidates for the Olympic volunteer program, contractors, and schoolchildren. Privately- held EF didn’t disclose the contract’s value.

This will be the fourth Olympics for EF, which does much of its work in teaching English as a second language, and it will be the company’s largest. The company is in the process of expanding its campus in Cambridge’s North Point, where EF has about 800 employees.


When its new $125 million building opens this summer, plans call for company employees to be moved to the new space so the existing building can be partly renovated.

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