It’s no secret that YouTube is an English language learner’s best friend.
Because ESL/ELL teachers have been willing to turn the cameras on themselves, you can find thousands of lessons to help improve your English. However, sometimes it’s difficult to know where the true gold is among all the videos that show up in searches. Hopefully this list of 11 YouTube channels can help steer you toward some of the best ESL/ELL content YouTube has to offer in 2014.
11 Of The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English
1) British Council LearnEnglish This is the official YouTube channel of the British Council. Videos are professional looking and include skits of real-life scenarios. They also boast several animated grammar lessons. 2) Anglo-Link Run by Minoo Short of the UK, this channel provides lessons that are several minutes long and focus on subjects such as phrasal verbs, vocabulary, and listening skills.
3) JenniferESL When you learn English with Jennifer, you feel like you’re learning from a caring mentor. Geared more toward beginning students, Jennifer’s videos cover a wide variety of topics and include colorful slides and graphics to assist with learning.
4) Rachel’s English Rachel knows American pronunciation. She has a background in classical singing, and she brings her expertise of voice and pronunciation to all of her videos. If you’re looking to “reduce” your accent or refine your pronunciation, Rachel’s English is a great place to start.
5) EnglishLessons4U One of EngVid’s 8 teachers, Ronnie brings a quirky sensibility to learning English. Her lessons are informative, practical, and a lot of fun.
6) Let’s Talk
This India-based channel focuses on accent training, correct grammar usage, idioms, phrases and vocabulary. With practical tips and clear instruction, these videos are a great resource for learners from any country.
7) ESL and Popular Culture
This UK-based channel provides simple lessons to improve listening and reading comprehension. While most other channels on this list involve a person teaching on-screen, ESL and Popular Culture focuses on images and text to accompany audio lessons.
These delightful videos are filled with colorful graphics and upbeat children’s songs, focused on teaching phonics. You’ll find yourself humming these songs long after your lesson is over.
9) Learn English
A great resource for beginners, Learn English’s videos stage skits and basic lessons, complete with graphics, visuals, and subtitles.
10) Speak English with Steve Ford
This channel is rich in content. Whether you’re prepping for the TOEFL, studying business English, or improving your conversation skills, Steve Ford’s engaging videos will help you reach your goals.
11) ESL Basics
With mini-lessons on vocabulary, idioms, and phrasal verbs, this channel is perfect for learning vocabulary quickly.