ABC Newswire, via PR Newswire and Yahoo! News, 23 June 2015. Vietnamese Help Make Australian English World #1, by John Woodward.

Below is an edited extract of the original article.

SYDNEY, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Australian English has become one of the most popular choices for English learners in Vietnam – with more than 211,000 Vietnamese joining an Australian-based Learn English Facebook site since its launch in 2013.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) which manages the Australia Plus Learn English page, it now has more than three million fans in more than 50 countries making it the most popular learn English site in the world – ahead of the established English language providers such as the British Council and Voice of America.

The Learn English Facebook page provides a community environment for people to engage in conversational English tips and language resources. Participants are encouraged to comment on each post in order to practise writing in English, and are then corrected by the page moderator. Sometimes, corrections are contributed by other members of the Learn English community, including English teachers, native speakers, or fellow learners…

The ABC’s international division has a long history of producing English language learning materials across radio, podcasts, television, and online.

One of the earliest iterations was Radio Australia’s English for You series, which was first broadcast to millions of people in Indonesia in 1959. By 1982, five million copies of the English for You booklets had been distributed across Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam…

The Facebook page can be viewed here: www.facebook.com/AustraliaPlusLearnEnglish

 

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