Apparently as of October 2013 there were 500 million Facebook users. That’s a lot of conversations going on at one time. But how many use English to converse with each other? Well actually according to the 2010 statistics over 200 million users use English. And that was four years ago!!
Facebook is one of the most important English Language opportunities for any ESL student today. Have a look at some of the things you can do with it.
1. Groups and Pages
Facebook has lots of groups and pages that can connect you to other English learners and offer you free practical lessons to help you with all aspects of English learning.
Here are a few well known favorites:
2. Create an English Only page and build your friend base with English speakers
Perhaps you might have two Facebook pages, one for your friends and family which may be in your own language, but then another one for only English speakers. Be disciplined and try to post something daily on this English one and see your friends grow. Make sure you change your default language to English, we don’t want you to be slipping back.
3. Keep asking questions to friends
The more questions you ask the more people will interact with you. That’s what you want, conversations and discussions. If anyone replies to you in your own language, answer it in English. Be strict with yourself and your friends, they may quietly appreciate this too.
4. Build your English speaking Friends not just online
Finding friends online is the obvious choice, but as you go about your travels and daily movements, get talking to people in English and find out if they are on Facebook. This is an excellent way to continue that great discussion you had in that train or café or convention you went you last week.
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