As of 2015, Alison.com and OpenEnglish.com provide online English classes. OpenEnglish.com is a paid service for individuals seeking to learn English as an additional language. Alison.com offers free English classes of varying levels for native and non-native English speakers as part of a diverse listing of online classes.
The OpenEnglish program is accessible at any hour and employs a combination of interactive materials and native English-speaking teachers during instruction. Classes are small and tailored to each student's level of English proficiency. Students participate in a virtual classroom environment and lessons focus on conversational English. The OpenEnglish program requires a high-speed Internet connection, headphones, a microphone and PDF reader.
Alison.com offers diploma and certificate level classes. English courses include basic English grammar, English for tourism and business, teaching English as a second language and Shakespeare. Students must register and log into the site to access lessons. Alison's lessons are standardized and self-paced. Successful completion is determined by a score of 80 percent or higher on a repeatable evaluation. Students may download and print their records. Alison also prepares and mails official diplomas and certificates for a fee. Alison is based in Ireland and some courses use British English grammar.