Is Social Media a Learning Tool for English Language?

Aafia Salman

Aafia is an ardent reader along with being an amateur poet. She finds it indispensable to deliver her notions as frequently as she can. This compelling motive acquainted her with elocutions. Regarded as an uber-nerd, she is an art lover too and a science fanatic where she bagged laurels representing her science projects.


Sarah Caldwell quoted, “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” Its known to all of us that a child goes through different stages of life; growing into an adult and experimenting, experiencing and enjoying is all his or her purpose of life


But what doesn’t stop till death is the process of learning. We learn by making mistakes or by observing others make them and gaining lessons almost every day of our own life. A person, regardless of age and social conditions, requires motivation, confidence and willingness to engage in deep levels of learning. Moreover, social interaction across cultural, linguistic and geographical boundaries is essential for deep understanding of the world and phenomenon sustaining life. The social interactions, despite of being so common within our friends, family, classmates, co-workers and other people in our surroundings, making us learn many different things every day. Social media is most important for learning; which creates, sustains and stimulates varieties of social relationships and tools for information sharing and knowledge construction.


Social media is a world of opportunities. Social media extends beyond classroom groups to encompass amongst network of teachers, distributed learners, external experts and professional communities, providing basis for life-long learning networks. Resultantly, the learners develop life-long learning networks and social skills. Social media not only encourages its users to contribute to help others, learn various different stuff like academics, interacting with others, exchange of culture and tradition promoting diversity, extending and enhancing learning achievement and collaborative learning expertise but the most important thing about social media is that it proves to be a learning tool for English language.


“There are a lot of pros and cons about social media; it’s just how you choose to handle it and how you have to be prepared for the negatives as well,” Aubrey Peeples. In the past few years, the number of children who wanted to explore different languages dropped down dramatically. In 2012, House of Lords was forced to call for languages to be made compulsory in schools and Britain was at risk of being cut off from the rest of the world. Awarding pupils securing C grade or better in English, mathematics, history, geography, sciences and language should have helped the figures rise up. But what could have actually helped was the encouraged use of social media.


Way back in 2000, internet users accounted for less than 6% of the world’s population but for now the power of social media is such that the number of worldwide users is expected to reach some 2.95 billion by 2020, around a third of Earth’s entire population. Social media and several designed websites fully immerse children in a spoken English environment. Social media enhances users’ English vocal skills and provides them with new vocabulary because the medium language for interaction in social media in English. The users build good English language learning skills and improve their English language skills day by day.

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