Exploring the Impact of Social Media on English Language Learning: Opportunities and Challenges


  • Ayesha Malik Department of English, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Farhan Qureshi Department of English, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan




Social media, language learning, digital education, communication skills, educational technology, language skills development, language acquisition


This study seeks to elaborate on the influence that social media presents in the learning of the English language in Pakistan, together with the opportunities and challenges influenced by the phenomenon. The research object was to understand how media in Pakistan influence educational dynamics and language development within everyday life. The growing dominion of the English language as the lingua franca of the world would, therefore, make educators and policymakers understand the role that social media plays as host for language learning. The data collection method for this study was therefore done through a mixed-method approach across Pakistan with 30 participants from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Methods to use social media and keeping users engaged with English content were studied and presented as an effective tool for the most recent method of upgrading language skills. Finding out from our respondents further reiterated this, as a good number of them (97%) found social media helpful in improving their English language through substantial involvement with content in English and gains made in vocabulary and grammar. Quality of language, however, remains a persistent challenge amid informal styles of communication. In other words, the study suggests that while social media is an effective supplementary tool for language learning, yet at the same time, it should be used with a degree of caution within formal educational frameworks to optimise the benefits. It is precisely this research, then, that highlights strategies that could fully exploit such an educational potential while mitigating social media's weaknesses to improve English language education in Pakistan and other similar settings.




How to Cite

Malik, A., & Qureshi, F. (2024). Exploring the Impact of Social Media on English Language Learning: Opportunities and Challenges. Research Studies in English Language Teaching and Learning, 2(3), 176–186. https://doi.org/10.62583/rseltl.v2i3.50