My goal is to help you learn
the English you need.


I’m Andrew Girardin. I made this website, as well as the much-loved FCE Exam Tips and CAE Exam Tips. Those sites are great if you’re preparing for a Cambridge English Exam, but I wanted a place to help you with other kinds of English too.

Me? Oh, you don’t want to hear about me. I’m not very interesting.

You do? Okay then!

I got a degree from the University of Manchester. That’s where I’m from, by the way. Same as Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Mick Hucknall (Simply Red).

I started teaching English in Shanghai during SARS. Next I taught in Taiwan (earthquakes, tsunamis).

After that it was back to Europe with stints in Poland and Prague. Finally I taught in Zurich for ten years, arriving just in time for the financial crash.

I was not a good language student. My teachers were mostly fine, but the lessons were boring. Who would want to learn a language in that old-fashioned way?

So I promised I would never be so boring. I wanted my lessons to be fun, or interesting, or both. And that’s true on this site, too. The articles and online courses are serious – you will learn a lot. But they’re fun too.

Here’s a picture of me in a summer school in York. We took them around the school at night. I told ghost stories while the other teachers made noises or laughed from the shadows.

That night, the students learned a little bit about English and a lot about fear. Mwahahahahaha!

The EFL Academy Team

Andrew Girardin

The Headmaster
I do almost everything. That's why it takes so long to get new things! I thought I'd have 3 courses for sale by now! Anyway, I've been teaching English for 20 years.

English Teachers

Guest Writers
Some of our articles were written by English teachers working around the world. If you're an English teacher with an idea for an article, get in touch! The pay is terrible.


Veter did the Exam Tips and EFL Academy logo. He also designed all the printouts you get in the Phrasal Verbs course.
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