26 September 2023

ABC signs up 5 million followers

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s largest Facebook community, ABC Education Learn English, has reached 5,000,000 followers, making it one of the world’s most popular English language learning programs.

Head of Education at ABC, Annabel Astbury said the free service, launched in 2010, provided audio and video resources for people in more than 90 countries.

“Thank you to every one of our 5,000,000-plus Facebook followers, including many English-language teachers in Australia, for your love of learning and generosity to other members of this growing community,” Ms Astbury said.

She said to celebrate the Facebook milestone, ABC Learn English had launched a series of English language videos called Life Chat to help people navigate everyday tasks such as staying healthy or getting a refund.

“The ABC has a strong commitment to growing meaningful engagement with our neighbours, who are curious about Australia, Australian stories and learning ‘Australian’ English,” Ms Astbury said.

She said Learn English was part of ABC Education, a program that included more than 4,000 resources mapped to the Australian education curriculum.

“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 touchpoints, including the new ABC Australia iView app,” Ms Astbury said.

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