The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s largest Facebook community, ABC Education Learn English, has topped 5 million followers, confirming its status as one of the world’s most popular English-language learning programs.
The free service, launched in 2010, provides audio and video resources and tips to people in more than 90 countries across every continent who are learning English as a second language, including series such as English on the Go and Everyday English.
To celebrate the 5 million-milestone, ABC Learn English today launched a series of English-language videos called Life Chat, to help people navigate everyday tasks such as staying healthy or getting a refund.
Head of ABC Education Annabel Astbury said the ABC’s English-language services had built connections between Australia and millions of people worldwide over the past 80 years. “The ABC has a strong commitment to growing meaningful engagement with our neighbours, who are curious about Australia, Australian stories and learning ‘Australian’ English.
“Thank you to every one of our 5 million-plus Facebook followers, including many English-language teachers in Australia, for your love of learning and generosity to other members of this growing community.”
The ABC Education Learn English Facebook page is supported by the Learn English website and resources on Twitter, YouTube, ABC iview and on ABC Australia internationally. ABC Learn English’s Facebook users are from all over the world, including India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Syria, Columbia and Australia. Three-quarters of Learn English’s followers are aged between 18 and 34.
Learn English is part of ABC Education, which includes more than 4000 resources mapped to the Australian curriculum. Click here to access Life Chat via ABC iview.
The ABC has provided international media services for more than 80 years, with ABC Radio Australia now focused on FM delivery in the Pacific, ABC Australia television available in 40 territories in the Indo-Pacific and multiple digital touch-points, including the new ABC Australia iview app.