The focus of Open English is to help students reach fluency, a common challenge for non-native English speakers. The online school revolutionizes the English learning experience by mixing anytime, anywhere internet access to hundreds of hours of entertaining multimedia content and high-tech, high-touch human interaction.
Open English was originally founded in 2006, and its companies, with offices in Miami, Caracas, Bogotá, São Paulo, and Panamá, combine the best of U.S. corporate governance practices with efficient Latin American operations and deep knowledge of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking consumer/student.
Open English is an online school created to reinvent the English-language-learning experience. The company serves a large and rapidly growing global market, initially targeting Spanish and Portuguese speakers in the Americas. Through live instruction with native English speaking teachers and multimedia learning materials, all provided over the Internet, Open English empowers students on their customized path to English fluency in a 12-month time period.
The company offers a revolutionary new approach to English language learning that combines live instruction with native English-speaking teachers and multimedia-learning content customized to each learner. It allows students to study from home or the office and to avoid inconvenient scheduling, long commute times, high tuition costs, and outdated books and CD-ROMs.
In 2005, Andrés Moreno left his offline English language training company and teamed up with Universidad Simon Bolivar (USB) university classmate and friend Wilmer Sarmiento to begin planning an on-line English Language School.
Early names for the learning platform included English180 and Thinkglish!, but in 2008 the name Open English was adopted. Programming work continued during 2007 and 2008, in parallel with the development of the company's proprietary multimedia content, including English Highway, a 60 episode television series co-produced with the Cisneros Group cable TV channel Cl@se.
Open English was launched commercially in Venezuela in December of 2008 with advertising on the cable channel Venevisión Plus. After 18 months of successful growth in the Venezuelan market, the site was opened to the rest of the world in 2010.