Recently, Facebook has reached 1 million users. Some people take a look at the most important news feeds only once a day, while others spend most of their days in “Facebook-land”. Yes, Facebook is actually an enormous virtual world of its own.
The question is how can you – as a student of English – use all these contacts and companies to your own benefit? How can you learn English on Facebook?
This is how:
Read in ENGLISH! If you are hanging out on Facebook anyway, why not read news and stories about companies? Like the BBC or CNN, maybe even the pages of companies that you like reading about or who offer interesting information. For example if you work in marketing, you could ‘like’ or ‘follow’ international pages dealing with marketing that offer valuable information for you. If you are a mum, you could ‘like’ the pages about motherhood and children that interest you.
Become an Avid Chat User! Facebook is actually one big forum where you can leave comments and chat – not only in your language but also in English. Make use of this!
Now that you have “liked” some pages, start reading the posts and always leave comments, giving your opinion about them. Then follow the post, as other users may respond to your comment. If you read articles that interest you and leave comments or write about them as frequently as possible, you will almost certainly begin to notice a considerable amount of improvement in your understanding and the ease of communication, within a few months.
I can’t tell you which pages to ‘like’ or ‘follow’ within specific topic areas because I don’t know what interests you (but if you write it in a comments below at the end of this post, I’ll help you to find some cool Facebook pages!).
But I can tell you about the 14 pages dealing with English teaching and learning that you MUST ‘like’, because they DO help thousands of other users and WILL help you too.
It’s our own Facebook page where we share useful and funny posts for example, multiple choice tests, tips to learning English, unique pictures with questions and some of the best jokes.
This is like Scrabble on Facebook. Play with your friends or against the computer. A great way to practise the words you have learnt and learn some new ones.
This is a Facebook page full of useful things for English students. You can learn A LOT here. New words, English grammar/structures and you even have the possibility to talk to others.
Babbel is a fantastic programme. It makes learning words so easy and fun! So find them now, start learning new English words and put the words you have learnt into practice, by chatting with people all over the world.
I can safely say that this page is half a million Facebook users’ favourite. If you want to laugh a lot, “like” it! Apart from laughing, the challenge lies in understanding the jokes…
It’s the British Council’s Facebook page so you’ll get only high-quality posts and you’ll learn a lot from them. They ask their followers many interesting quiz questions regularly, and this’ll help you to use what you already know. So “like” the page and try answering the questions.
You’ll get exercises continuously and learn new idioms. Your vocabulary and grammar will improve without you paying extra attention to it and if you even talk to others then so will your fluency. Isn’t that great?
New words, new words, new words.
Not forgetting children, who also enjoy studying English – there are plenty of sites for the little ones too. One of these is Dream English that teaches children numbers and words in English through merry, playful tunes.
10. As We Travel
‘As We travel’ stars Sofia and Nathan I got to know on Twitter. They are very likeable people; but why wouldn’t they be, travelling all around the world and enjoying life?
I recommend their Facebook page because after work, travel is usually second on the list of reasons why many students want to learn English. Also, because you can learn a lot whilst you enjoy reading about their latest adventures.
This page is mainly for English teachers. It’s full of fantastic materials and ideas. If you want your lessons to be exciting and your students to enjoy learning with you, then you should ‘like’ Oxford University Press’s page and use their gigantic collection of lesson ideas in your classes!
If you are a teacher of English and like to immerse yourself in reading about pedagogy and continuously improving as a teacher, then Barbara’s page is the one for you. A really fantastic community of English teachers who are always ready to help.
‘Relax and learn languages at ease’ – LiveMocha has always meant this to me. It’s a leisurely page where learning languages is easy.
Why does everybody love TED? Maybe it’s because you can see and hear things here you haven’t even dreamed of. Or maybe you’ve thought about it but you haven’t found the answer yet.
Absorb all this vast amount of knowledge – and what is more, do it in English! It means you can practise listening comprehension really well.
Remember the main thing is not just to ‘like’ these Facebook pages and then forget about them, but become an avid user there. Leave comments, talk and chat, ask questions yourself, because this is an extremely effective way to learn English.
I can say that safely enough as I learn this way too!