I bet you, like most people, spend a lot of time on their social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Do you feel like it’s a waste of time?
Well, you can make your social media feed more productive by turning it into an English mini-lesson!
You can optimize your feed on your Facebook or Twitter account so that while you’re seeing what your cousin Harry got up to over the weekend, you can improve your English as well. The best part is, you can modify your feed so that it’s quality content that interests you.
Language learning is something that needs to be done on a daily basis. But I get it! You’re busy, or you’re tired. Maybe you don’t feel like studying. Looking through your Facebook or Twitter feed can be a new way to study. It’s a great way to expose yourself to your target language daily.
How can you do this?
1. Visit My Twitter
I swear this isn’t me trying to market myself. Okay… maybe a little. But this is a great starting point! I follow hundreds of wonderful Twitter accounts, designed to help you improve your English. Go through all the accounts that I’m following, and follow those that seem appealing to you. Create a list on your Twitter, and add those Twitter handles to that list. Then, when you go on Twitter, you can choose to just look at the helpful feed from those ESL teachers or accounts. You can also go through other ESL teacher profiles, and see what great accounts they’re following! To see my list of ESL teachers on Twitter, click here.
2. Visit My Facebook
Once again, I’m only slightly trying to promote myself here. My Facebook page is still really new, but I’m posting some content you may be interested in. You can also check out other helpful Facebook pages that I’ve liked. You can also pick your settings so that you only see English related content.
3. Google Content
This one is pretty straight forward. Google ‘Twitter/Facebook pages to improve English‘. Bam! You’ll get a great list of wonderful accounts or pages to like.
4. Google Your Interests
Once again, this is pretty straight forward. When you’re on the Google search page, click ‘Advanced Search‘. When you get there, you can Google anything that interests you – sharks, guitar, shoes, recipes, anything! You can also change the language settings there, so all the search results will be in your target language. Once you find websites or articles you like, you can connect with their social media pages, and share that content through your social media.
5. Visit Popular Websites
You can find the most popular websites in any English speaking country by using the website Alexa Rank. Try to avoid websites like Facebook, Amazon, Paypal etc. Once you find a website you find interesting, try to connect to their social media pages.
You can download a Google translate browser that will automatically translate pages into your target language. So no matter what you’re seeing – even if it’s your friend’s post about her party – you can read it in English.
Remember, learning English is something you have to work on every day.
It’s a lot of work. But you can make it a little bit easier (and more fun!) by turning your social media feed into great learning opportunities. Then, you won’t feel so bad when you spend hours on your Facebook or Twitter feed!