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The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English


This past year, our district decided to let teachers have access to YouTube, and that’s been very helpful. I talk about some ways I use it at The Best — And Easiest — Ways To Use YouTube If, Like Us, Only Teachers Have Access To It.

Our school year just ended, but it’s never too early to start getting ready for the next one :) . So I thought I’d explore additional YouTube Channels that are specifically designed for English Language Learners and share what I’ve found. I’ve only included ones that I though students would find engaging, and that did not include ones showing teachers just giving lessons.

In addition to the channels listed here, of course, the best kind of YouTube Channel is one made-cup of all student-created videos. I’m going to explore giving that a try this coming year.

I’m certainly open to hearing other people’s suggestions, so feel free to add them in the comments section of this post.

Here are my choices for The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English:

Real English

BBC Learning English

Voice Of America Learning English

Pod English

ESL Joan

Learn British Kids is the British Council’s YouTube Channel.

These next two sites aren’t exactly YouTube Channels, but they’re good video collections:

EFL Classroom 2.0 Videos

ESL Video

English Central is not a YouTube channel, but its huge selection of videos and its interactivity leads me to include it on this “The Best…” list and on many others.

Grockit Answers lets you pick any video from YouTube and create a series of questions about it. The great feature is that you can set the time on the video for each question to alert the viewer when the answer will appear. It’s an excellent scaffold for Beginning English Language Learners (though I’d say it’s probably too much of one for many other students). ESL Video is still clearly the overall best video quiz creation site for ELL’s. Grockit Answers, though, is also easy to use, and it’s timing annotation could be very helpful to Beginners. Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip. You can read more about it there, and see a sample video here.

Gogo’s Adventure with English is not quite a “channel,” but I’m still including it here.

Fluency MC has great songs. looks like a helpful YouTube channel for English Language Learners. I especially like its “Learn American Holidays” playlist. Here’s an example:

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Pingback: » ELT news feed » Youtube channels for learning English

  2. Hello Larry;
    I was wondering how you (and your school board) deal with the issue of Youtube’s copyright/terms of use statement.

  3. We’re new to the game, but we hope to someday make Larry’s Best of YouTube list.

    We produce a video podcast designed to help learners of English at secondary or tertiary level to master the Academic Word List.

    Our YouTube channel is at:

  4. Hi Larry,
    Just posted a link to this on the TeachingEnglish facebook page if you’d like to check for comments.

    Please feel free to post there when you have anything you’d like to share.



  5. Larry hi!Thank you for the shared list! As usual, it is an amazing collection.And as usual, I gave a link on it at

  6. I’m Tung from Vietnam.
    Thks for the list, teacher.
    This is exactly what i need. It’s very helpful.

  7. If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, I recommend this one:

  8. Hi Guys, great thread. I just stumbled upon it (sorry for my tardiness). We’ve got some great video resources for adults learning English. Please feel free to use with your students:

  9. Hi Larry,

    This is a cool page! I have just uploaded a few videos for English students. I will be uploading more in the next few weeks or so. Let me know your thoughts.

    Sorry about my British accent!

    All the best,


  10. Great post on free videos – thanks Larry! I have just compiled a similar list which overlaps a little with yours but has some newer additions. Check it out: I’m trying to encourage my own students to engage more with e-learning through mediums such as video. I heard that now about 50% of all internet traffic is streamed video, which means there is a noticeable shift away from reading info to watching it instead. This means that presenting lessons in video format may be crucial if we want to keep learners interested and engaged with English. When students say English is “boring”, they obviously haven’t been online recently! There’s a lot of great material out there if you know where to look.

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