Our List of Essential ESL and TESOL Twitters

Teaching and learning English doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Being able to network with professionals in the field can kick-start your career and lead to greater employment opportunities for aspiring TESOL graduate students. For ELLs, it takes practice, constant exposure, immersion, and commitment, and those are hard to maintain when they are trying to learn a new language on their own. This is what makes Twitter such a useful platform for both teachers and learners of the ESL community. The benefits of participating in the Twitter conversation about ESL and TESOL are many, including:

  • Strong community of teachers and learners of all levels who will gladly offer tips and answer questions
  • Easily discover new tools and resources for learning English (and any other language!)
  • Stay engaged, motivated, and immersed in the process of learning English.

These Twitter accounts post some of the most consistently useful info on ESL and TESOL. These are all high quality accounts, and they aren’t being ranked in comparison with one another. Find the ones that are most useful to you, like those who been through or are currently in the process of earning an ESL-related master’s degree, and keep up with them daily!

General ESL

General ESL resources, from vocab lists to study guides to organizations promoting language learning all over the world. These are great for teachers, learners, and everyone in between.

  1. @irishpolyglot

    Benny Lewis

    fluentin3months.com is a site packed with encouragement and “hacks” from Benny (Brendan) Lewis from Ireland. His site and Twitter are all about speaking languages as quickly as possible, as he travels to learn and speak languages himself.
  2. @babla

    bab.la

    bab.la is a language project by Andreas Schroeter and Patrick Uecker. Their Twitter displays news, facts and other language-related things from the bab.la language portal.
  3. @lynneguist

    Lynne Murphy

    Lynne Murphy is an American linguist in Engliand working at Sussex University. Her account is based on observations on the differences and similiarities of British and American English.
  4. @UsingEnglish

    UsingEnglish.com

    Updates from UsingEnglish.com, which provides English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics.
  5. @ESLbasics

    ESL Basics : Andrea

    Andrea shares practical learning tips and the latest of her ESL video lessons.
  6. @grammarphobia

    Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman write books, blog, and tweet about the English language.
  7. @Gapfillers

    Gapfillers

    Gapfillers delivers language development for people who need the very best level of skill. For professionals who need great English skills at a very advanced level and those trying to get high English language qualifications for their work, new jobs or future in an English speaking country.
  8. @chiasuan

    Chia Suan Chong

    Chia Suan Chong is an EFL teacher and blogger who enjoys good stories and discussions about teaching & languages. She also tweets for @Etprofessional.
  9. @shellterrell

    Shelly Terrell

    Shelly is the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology). She supports and instructs thousands of teachers and students worldwide through the various online and face-to-face learning events she organizes and moderates.
  10. @iatefl

    IATEFL Head Office

    The IATEFL Online website and Twitter give you an opportunity to share ideas with teachers all around the world and get a taste of one of the world’s biggest ELT conferences through a variety of resources.
  11. @iatefl_besig

    IATEFL BESIG

    BESIG, is the Business English Special Interest Group of IATEFL.
  12. @Poliglotta80

    Poliglotta80

    This channel is completely dedicated to Luca Lampariello’s biggest passion: foreign languages. He firmly believes that languages cannot be taught — they can only be learned. His goal is to teach you how learn a language fast and efficiently.
  13. @eslreading

    ESL Reading

    This Twitter is run by Kieran McGovern who created ESOL epacks which contain teaching resources that include text & audio files, worksheets, teaching notes & lesson suggestions.
  14. @eslrandall

    eslrandall

    Randall is the author of several language-learning Web sites including Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab (www.esl-lab.com). Follow his Tweets to keep informed.
  15. @lyricstraining

    LyricsTraining

    LyricsTraining allows students to learn languages online with music videos, lyrics and karaoke!
  16. @EnglishCentral1

    EnglishCentral

    English Central makes improving one’s English fun and effective by turning popular web videos into powerful language learning experiences.
  17. @eslpod

    ESL Podcast

    This acount is English as a Second Language (ESL) Podcast’s Twitter feed. Learn English and improve your vocabulary with great podcasts.
  18. @judiehaynes

    Many Things

    Judie Haynes is an Advocate for ELLs and the Co-author of “The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners.” She writes for everythingESL.net and co-founded the #ELLChat.
  19. @bcseminars

    British Council Seminars

    The British Council Seminar Series intends to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching. Events around the UK and online.
  20. @seburnt

    seburnt

    Tyson Seburn is a language teacher who specializes in English for academic purposes (EAP) contexts and has a passion for social media. He devotes a lot of time to professional development events, blogging and Twitter, aiming to inspire fellow English language teaching (ELT) educators to become involved in their communities, diversify teaching practices and promote supportive yet constructive atmospheres.
  21. @sproutenglish

    SproutEnglish

    The ESL resource site for teachers and parents of young learners.
  22. @esolresourcesuk

    Jennie Cole

    Jennie Cole’s ESOL Resources account and website is a general ESOL resource site with materials including flashcards, reading books, radio and ESOL teaching tips.
  23. @rosettastone

    Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone is the world’s most trusted laguage-learning software. They tweet about language, travel and culture, company updates, & discounts.
  24. @VOALearnEnglish

    VOA Learning English

    Voice of America provides news, feature programs and activities for English learners.
  25. @SCADdotedu

    SCAD

    Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers.
  26. @wayword

    A Way with Words

    A public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family.
  27. @getnewsmart

    Newsmart

    Newsmart allows users to Learn English for free with breaking news from the Wall Street Journal.

  28. @NewsyVideos

    NewsyVideos

    Newsy advances your understanding of a news story. By highlighting unique perspectives from across the media spectrum, Newsy provides what you need to know about the day’s events.
  29. @lingosteve

    Steve Kaufmann

    Steve Kaufmann is the Founder and CEO of LingQ.com, lover of languages and a former Canadian diplomat. He is interested in helping people successfully learn languages.
  30. @lousylinguist

    Christopher Phipps

    Christopher Phipps of DC writes about linguistics and cognition on his Twitter account.
  31. @eflclassroom

    eflclassroom

    eflclassroom is an EFL teacher and student community with loads of learning and teaching content.

  32. @LiteralMinded

    Neal Whitman

    Neal Whitman’s account contains linguistic commentary regarding the English language in general.

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Info For Teachers

Teaching English as a second language isn’t quite the same as teaching any other subject. Managing the nuanced differences between languages and accurately communicating meaning across that barrier is tough work, but there’s a stellar community of ESL/TESOL educators online striving to make that work easier!

  1. @LanguageLog

    Language Log

    Language Log is a group blog on language and linguistics started in the summer of 2003 by Mark Liberman and Geoffrey Pullum.
  2. @TeachingEnglish

    Teaching English

    TeachingEnglish is the British Council’s website for teachers of English. This organisation brings together everything busy teachers need, from classroom materials to ideas for development.
  3. @OUPELTGlobal

    Oxford ELT

    This is the Oxford University Press English Language Teaching Twitter account. Follow them for news, info, articles, videos & tools to aid your ESL/EFL teaching.
  4. @ESLlibrary

    ESL Library

    ESL Library is a resource site for language teachers. They offer language teachers instant access to a huge collection of lesson plans and flashcards
  5. @tefl365

    TEFL Teaching

    TEFL Teaching tweets everything TEFL & English Teaching Abroad related. They also tweet about EFL, ESL, TEFL, TESOL inspiration, courses, jobs, companies and more!
  6. @eltjam

    ELTjam

    ELTjam exists to promote innovation and experimentation in the ELT industry, and to explore the question “What ‘s next for ELT?”
  7. @ESLdotcom

    ESL.com

    This account connects international students and teachers with the best ESL schools, jobs and learning tools.
  8. @BELTABelgium

    BELTA Belgium

    The Belgian English Language Teachers Association is an organization for teachers of English in Belgium.
  9. @ELF_Pron

    ELF Pron

    Ideas for teachers and students interested in pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca.
  10. @russell1955

    Russell Stannard

    Winner of the British Council Technology Award 2010, Russell runs teachertrainingvideos.com. He tweets about using technology in education.
  11. @ELTchat

    #ELTchat

    Join the #ELTchat hashtag every Wednesday to connect with ELT professionals around the world.
  12. @PearsonELTUSA

    Pearson ELT USA

    Pearson ELT USA links to articles, podcasts and blog posts about ESL/EFL and supports teachers.
  13. @barbsaka

    Barbara Sakamoto

    Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto is an English teacher currently living in Kitakyushu, Japan. She has taught English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) for over 20 years. She is also the co-author of a children’s English textbook series called Let’s Go, and is passionate about teaching, especially about teaching English to young learners. She wants to learn about anything that will make her a better teacher.
  14. @Edulang

    Edulang

    Edulang provides English learning resources for teachers and learners.
  15. @baibbb

    Baiba Svenca

    From Latvia, Baiba Svenca is an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, e-moderator and fan of technologies.
  16. @AnthonyGaughan

    Anthony Gaughan

    Anthony Gaughan is an English Language Teacher and Teacher Trainer based in Germany. He’s interested in Teaching Unplugged and Initial teacher training/education and development.

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TESOL Educators

Many teachers share their experiences, tips for motivating ESL learners, and even their assignment rubrics, lesson plans, and other assets online to benefit the global community of ESL teachers and learners.

  1. @Larryferlazzo

    Larry Ferlazzo

    Larry Ferlazzo is an English, Social Studies and International Baccalaureate teacher to English Learners at a school in Sacramento, California. His blog and twitter teach his readers about websites that will help them teach ELL, ESL and EFL.
  2. @sandymillin

    Sandy Millin

    Sandy Millin is a native English speaker living and working in Crimea. On Twitter she follows many educators who provide useful ESL tips, and writes many of her own.
  3. @willycard

    Willy C. Cardoso

    Based in Europe, Willy Cardoso is a freelance trainer and conslutant in English Language Teaching and Teacher Development.
  4. @NikPeachey

    NikPeachey

    Nik Peachey is a freelance educational consultant, award winning writer and course designer, specialist technology trainer, blogger, conference speaker eand lecturer in media and technology.
  5. @Marisa_C

    MarisaConstantinides

    Marisa Constantinides is a TEFL Teacher Educator and run CELT Athens, a Teacher Development center based in Athens, Greece. Marisa moderates the #ELTchat every Wednesday.
  6. @vickihollett

    vickihollett

    Vicki Hollett is an an English teacher who has written many course books for Oxford University Press and Pearson. She teaches adults who need English for work, play and travel so they can communicate across cultures, build relationships and get jobs done.
  7. @DaveDodgson

    David Dodgson

    David Dodgson is an EFL Teacher (for young learners) in Turkey. He will soon moving to Gabon to be a Language School Coordinator
  8. @lauraahaha

    Laura Patsko

    Laura is an English language teacher, language learner, teacher trainer and linguist. She particularly likes to share ideas about teaching pronunciation, learner training, sociolinguistics, teacher knowledge and applying linguistic theory to classroom practice.
  9. @CEOEnglish

    Adrian Illingworth

    Cambridge English Online are creaters & developers of thousands of fun, educational mobile apps & online learning resources. This account is run by CEO Adrian Illingworth.
  10. @l_missbossy

    Anita Kwiatkowska

    This account is run by Anita Kwiatkowska. She is a teacher of English (and sometimes a trainer) currently based in Zaragoza, Spain. Her blog and Twitter are a record of her experiences and ideas about teaching and learning languages.
  11. @LizziePinard

    Lizzie Pinard

    Lizzie Pinard is an EFL teacher and writer who is currently stationed at the International House in Palermo in Sicily. With her Twitter and blog she reflects on teaching and learning ESL.
  12. @KidsKnowIt

    KidsKnowIt Network

    KidsKnowIt provides free educational websites for the young and the young at heart.
  13. @MainwoodDavid

    David Mainwood

    David Mainwood is a a qualified EFL / ESL teacher based in Spain and the UK. He is particularly interested in the uses of ICT in education and its effects on learning and creativity. He has his own popular blog for students of English as a Foreign and/or Second Language called EFL SMARTblog.
  14. @SheetalZA

    Sheetal Makhan

    Sheetal Makhan is an ESL teacher who writes about her life as a teacher, finding her path in life, gadgets, travel, friends, food, love — pretty much anything!
  15. @GJTeacher

    Gabrielle Jones

    Gabrielle Jones is an ESP, Business English and Communication trainer, Teacher Trainer, materials’ developer and passionate and innovative teacher of EFL.
  16. @naomishema

    Naomi Epstein

    Naomi Epstein teaches English as a foreign language to deaf and hard of hearing students in Israel.
  17. @english247

    english247

    english247 has Free English Lessons Online by ESOL Courses. They provide links to free English activities including word searches and quizzes.
  18. @langwitches

    Silvia Tolisano

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano was born in Germany and now is planted in São Paulo, Brazil. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist. Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies, as well as digital storytelling.
  19. @onestopenglish

    Onestopenglish

    This is the world’s number one resource site for English language teachers.
  20. @feedtheteacher

    Feed the Teacher

    Giselle Santos is an EFL Teacher, E-tutor and social media and technology enthusiast who believes in the power of sharing and collaboration.
  21. @Harmerj

    Jeremy Harmer

    Jeremy Harmer writes books about English Language Teaching in cluding Methodology titles, course materials and learner literature (graded readers). He is also a frequent presenter, seminar leader and teacher in UK and all around the world.
  22. @TheConsultantsE

    TheConsultantsE

    The Consultants-E have worked together since the mid-1990s. Their work involves any aspect of online and distance education and training, as well as face-to-face training in all aspects of the application of technologies in education.
  23. @ozge

    Ozge Karaoglu

    Ozge Karaoglu is an English teacher, freelance teacher trainer and educational consultant in teaching young/very young learners and teaching with web based technologies. She is currently working at a private school as an EFL teacher.
  24. @kalinagoenglish

    Karenne Sylvester

    Karenne Sylvester likes to say she teaches teachers how to teach speaking using technology. She is a a certified TESOL trainer, working as a freelancer in Stuttgart, Germany. She specializes in teaching adult learners in the financial/ banking, energy, engineering and IT sectors.
  25. @vickyloras

    Vicky Loras

    Vicky Loras is a Canadian-born Greek and teaches English as a Foreign Language & literature to students of all ages.
  26. @kenwilsonlondon

    Ken Wilson

    Ken Wilson is a teacher trainer and author of ELT materials. Tweets include links to his blog posts and information about TEFL events.
  27. @Shaunwilden

    Shaunwilden

    Shaun Wilden is a teacher, teacher trainer, EFL materials writer, TT coordinator for IH World and moderator of #ELTchat.
  28. @evab2001

    Eva Buyuksimkesyan

    Eva Buyuksimkesya is an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, edu blogger and a life-long learner.
  29. @theteacherjames

    James Taylor

    James Taylor is an EFL Teacher in Korea, Brazil, Belgium, Costa Rica, #eltchat moderator & podcaster, blogger and iTDi mentor.
  30. @vickysaumell

    Vicky Saumell

    Vicky Saumell is an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and webhead.
  31. @CotterHUE

    Chris Cotter

    Chris Cotter and his Heads Up English education website has fresh ideas, activities, and other resources for ESL.
  32. @Beyza

    Beyza Y?lmaz

    Beyza Yilmas works as an EFL instructor and educational technology trainer at Özye?in University and as a teacher trainer for Pilgrims Teacher Training in the UK. She has conducted various online and face to face ICT training courses and co-moderated some Electronic Village Online sessions.
  33. @englishwithjo

    englishwithjo

    Jo is an an Australian living in Greece and an ESL / English teacher. She loves meeting people from around the world and even teaches English online via Skype.
  34. @aniyadly

    Aniya

    From Monza, Itay, Aniya is an ESL Trainer, Director of Business Development and Social Media Enthusiast.
  35. @ChrisCattaneo

    Christina Cattaneo

    Christina Cattaneo is an EFL Teacher & Trainer, online CELTA Tutor, Tech Integrator, and young learner storyteller.
  36. @cerirhiannon

    Ceri Jones

    Ceri Jones is an ELT freelance teacher, online tutor, trainer and materials writer. She loves to use Twitter as her online staffroom.
  37. @hoprea

    Henrick Oprea

    Henrick Oprea is a Freelance Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Brasília, Brazil.
  38. @teflerinha

    Rachael Roberts

    Rachael Roberts is an ELT coursebook author, teacher trainer and teacher of ESOL and EFL.
  39. @kierandonaghy

    Kieran Donaghy

    Kieran Donaghy is a teacher, trainer & award-winning writer with a special interest in film in ELT.
  40. @ETprofessional

    ETpro

    ETprofessional is a new English language website featuring 20 years of archive from ETP and MET magazines.
  41. @leoselivan

    Lexical Leo

    Lexical Leo is an EFL teacher, trainer, materials developer, lecturer. He is interested in lexical approaches to language teaching.
  42. @fionamau

    Fiona Mauchline

    Finoa Mauchline’s blog and twitter are about teaching languages. Although they are in English, and probably most of the posts, contributions, comments etc. are written by English Language teachers, the aim is for it to be applicable to other languages too.
  43. @annabooklover

    Anna Varna

    Anna Varna is a learning and Development aficcionado from Greece, working in Brussels, tweeting about all kinds of learning, reading, bookcrossing and more.

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Other ESL & TESOL Accounts

  1. @englishfeed

    Englishfeed

    Kenneth Beare is the ESL Expert at esl.about.com. He’s an English language learning content developer and industry strategist.
  2. @MacDictionary

    Macmillan Dictionary

    The Macmillan Dictionary Blog is a multi-authored blog discussing the English language today. They explore a wide range of topics related to English as it is used around the world and hope to be of interest and relevance to the international community of English speakers.
  3. @bgzimmer

    Ben Zimmer

    Ben Zimmer is the executive producer of Vocabulary.com and
    the Visual Thesaurus, language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and former language columnist for The Boston Globe and The New York Times Magazine.
  4. @eslincanada

    Ross McBride

    The ESL in Canada Directory has educational articles, addresses, links, contact and reference information to the many different services and resources that are available for students, visitors and new Canadians to study and learn ESL “English as a Second Language” for communication with English speakers for school, work and personal interests.
  5. @englishteach8

    Pilar Pamblanco

    This blog and Twitter are about teaching, learning, reading, writing, culture, classroom management, new technologies… anything related to education.
  6. @AltaTranslation

    ALTA Translation

    ALTA provides professional translation services, localization, language testing and language training to corporations and government agencies.
  7. @americandialect

    Am. Dialect Society

    The American Dialect Society is dedicated to the study of English in North America. They are academics, amateurs, linguists, lexicographers, teachers and more.
  8. @LanguageMastery

    Language Mastery

    John Fotheringham created this site, the Language Mastery podcast, and his series of language guides to help adult learners reach their foreign language acquisition goals as quickly, cheaply, and enjoyably as possible.
  9. @dialectblog

    Ben T-S

    Dialect Blog is a site for actors, linguists and enthusiasts about the dialects and accents of the English Language.

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