With more than 800 million users, Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking site. Most people use Facebook to connect with friends, play games, and post photos, news about what they are doing, or interesting things they find on the Web.
All these things are good, but have you ever thought of Facebook as an educational tool? Can you use Facebook to learn English? Well, why not?
Here are five ways you can use Facebook to improve your English.
1. Change Default Language to English
The first thing you can do is change your default Facebook language to English. To do this, click your Account Settings (Thiết lập tài khoản) on the top-right, and switch your language settings to English.
Why is this useful? Think of all the useful vocabulary this teaches you! For example, do you know the meaning of the following terms?
- News feed
- What’s on your mind?
- Update Status
- Tag this Photo
- Create Group
- Activity Log
- In a relationship with _______
If your Facebook language is English, you certainly do!
2. Write Posts and Comments in English
When something new or funny happens in your life, why not post about it in English? You do not need to have an advanced command of English to tell people what you ate for lunch, where you went on vacation, or how you are feeling.
And when friends post something about themselves, you can do more than “like” it: tell them what you think…in English!
3. Connect with English-Speaking Friends
One of the most common problems I hear from Vietnamese students is that they have trouble meeting native English speakers outside of class. Why not use Facebook to keep in touch with past teachers and foreign friends? Keep track of them through their status updates, and every once in awhile, send them an e-mail. You’ll get practice writing, and maybe make a friend for life!
4. Join Groups
I’m sure you are interested in many things: sports, music, fashion, famous people, news events, and more. Well, Facebook has thousands of group pages, and joining a group helps you keep track of your interests, connects you with people who share your interests, and gives you lots of opportunities to practice English!
For example, Manchester United’s official Facebook page informs fans about the club’s latest news, and lets you connect with the club and other MU fans. You can learn about the club’s history, take part in fan surveys, and have conversations with other fans when your team plays important matches. Can you think of a more fun way to learn English?
5. Use Facebook Pages for English Learners
A number of organizations and individuals have Facebook pages especially for English learners. Here are a few of them:
VOA Learning English
VOA learning English has a ton of activities, including student polls, vocabulary quizzes, and live English lessons with professional teachers. This is an excellent site with a lot of activity.
Livemocha combines traditional teaching methods with practice with native speakers to help people learn many languages (not only English). Livemocha’s Facebook page has over 400,000 members, with links to interesting articles, video clips, and language learning tips – mostly in English.
Language Link Vietnam
You may already know about Language Link’s Facebook page, but if you don’t: come and join us! We post information about upcoming events, such as workshops to help you strengthen your CV and Job Interview skills, articles, and of course, links to the LLV blog.
What Do You Think?
Have you ever thought of Facebook as a learning tool? Do you have any other things you like to do on Facebook that help you learn English? Let us know in the comments section below!