Instagram currently has 1 billion monthly active users – that’s a staggering number!
Most people use Instagram to share personal photos, catch up with friends and keep up to date with current issues. But you can also use this social network to learn and get inspired. And if you’re studying, there is a lot of useful content available to help you learn English.
In this post, we’re going to explore the benefits of using Instagram in this way. And, we’ll show you five new Instagram accounts to follow to help you learn English!
The benefits of using Instagram for learning English
So why use this hugely popular social media network for improving your language skills? Let’s have a look at what Instagram has to offer language learners:
A visual learning environment
Instagram is a visual platform, where content is displayed through images and videos. So, it’s perfect for anyone who is a visual learner. If you’re looking for a dynamic alternative to textbooks, Instagram can be a new and engaging way to pick up English.
A fun learning experience
You learn more when you’re having fun, and Instagram is definitely a fun platform, with quizzes, polls and other interactive games. You can test your English knowledge outside the classroom and on the go.
Quick feedback on questions
If you’re looking for a quick answer to a language question, this active, busy platform is the place for you. You can ask other users for help in comment sections or even send a direct message to the page’s account holder for advice or further clarification – simple, quick and easy!
The chance to connect with other learners
There are Instagram users all over the world, so using the app gives you an opportunity to connect with lots of other English learners. You can communicate via Instagram stories, comment on posts or chat via direct messages. It’s a great way to practice outside of class.
5 Instagram accounts to follow to learn English
Whether you want general English, business English or English for kids, there’s something for everyone on Instagram. There are even accounts that produce specific content for particular language skills, such as vocabulary, grammar or pronunciation.
To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 accounts to follow today.
1. Pearson English Learning
Pearson English’s new Instagram account, Pearson English Learning, is for anyone who wants to improve their general English. If you follow this account, you’ll see grammar explanations and useful vocabulary, questions to help you practice your language skills, and quotes about learning to keep you motivated and inspired about learning English.
Whether you want to study abroad, live in an English-speaking country or move forward in your career, Pearson English Learning is here to help you achieve those goals.
Follow them here at @pearsonenglishlearning.
2. Pearson PTE
The PTE account has just been launched to help students who are preparing for Pearson Test of English (PTE). The exam helps language learners prove their English skills for study abroad and visa purposes.
If you follow this account, you’ll get the guidance, practical advice and motivation you need to get a good score in PTE. It focuses on tips for specific areas of the exam, such as writing or reading, as well as covering key vocabulary and useful grammar.
Find them at @PTE.official
3. BBC Learning English
This veteran account now has almost 3 million followers. BBC Learning English post regularly and include a range of content from quizzes to grammar explanations. You’ll be able to get involved in video challenges and engage in discussions.
One of the most popular forms of content is the informal British English they cover, like idioms to do with football and weather, and fast food vocabulary. With this account, you’ll learn as well as having fun!
Check them out here at @bbclearningenglish.
4. Pronunciation with Emma
If you’re looking to improve your pronunciation, then this account is perfect for you! Emma is an experienced English language teacher from the UK who specialises in creating content specifically for those learners struggling with pronunciation.
She posts regular videos helping with common pronunciation problems. Her videos demonstrate the difference between vowel sounds, show you the correct pronunciation of particularly tricky words such as ‘headache’ and ‘quarantine’, and help you to learn the difference between words with similar sounds, like ‘sit’ and ‘seat’.
Check her out at @pronunciationwithemma.
Set up by the Green Forest School of English, this account is devoted entirely to helping English language learners improve their vocabulary.
Their main objective is to help students learn colloquialisms, expressions, idioms, phrasal verbs and other urban vocabulary that might not typically get covered in class. They post once per day and include the key vocabulary, a definition, example and short recording to help you with pronunciation.
It’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of time to study, but you want to keep expanding your vocabulary!
Follow them at @english_vocabulary.
Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts to help you learn English? If so, let us know in the comments!
And don’t forget to follow us @pearsonenglishlearning.