Facebook and social networking

How many friends have you got on Facebook? What’s the friend limit on Facebook? This lesson takes a look at trends in online social networking. It gives students chance to create an imaginary online 'wall' where they can interact with each other.

Topic: Social networking websites

Age: Teenage/adult

Level: B1/B2

Timing: 60-90 mins


  • To help students talk about Facebook and other social networking websites
  • To develop students’ reading skills
  • To develop students’ question formation skills
  • To develop students’ communication skills


Plan components

Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

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Worksheets: can be printed out for use in class.

  • worksheet - seven tasks

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By Sally Trowbridge

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Average: 3.6 (115 votes)


zinai noureddine's picture
zinai noureddine

Hi sally
I am new here can you give me some help for how to view lessons

nickyhockly's picture

Great lesson Sally, and lovely to see real tech tools being referred to in the classroom.Of course the issue with social media tools like Facebook for teachers is that of privacy - especially for young learners. Your idea of an imaginary wall cleverly gets around this, but it may also interest readers to know of a real social networking site, similar to Facebook, but for young learners of English, which I recently came across.Pikifriends (www.pikifriends.net) was set up by a teacher in Japan, Jeff Dionne, and it is a secure social  networking environment for young learners aged 12-18. Lots of schools around the world already belong to Pikifriends, so it´s an excellent chance for learners to interact in English with others, in a FB-like environment. Teachers sign up first, are confirmed, and then their students can join.Hope this is of interest to some readers,Nicky Hockly (Barcelona)

robinchase's picture

It is good that we recognize Facebook is increasingly being used and having some lessons formulated around it. Although it is not that hard to sign up and use, privacy issues, how to ignore friends, rejecting friends and other more sensitive aspects with regards to using Facebook should be taught in class.

K.West's picture

For me - working with internet and computer for more than 10 Years - Facebook is one of biggest challenges to managed. It's not the "i Like" button, but the tons of features und privacy issues that have to be handled carefully. If you publish photos the wrong way, everybody can see them, copy them, change them or do other things with that. And if this is hard for me, i guess it is hard for a lot of people. 

princess kouki's picture
princess kouki

oh yes there are many opposite things about facebook
it is a good lesson thnx

enkelejda llaguri's picture
enkelejda llaguri

I think that the Facebook nowdays have become one of the most useful ways of communicating among the teens.So this lesson can be very valuable for them and us as teachers,too.Thank you very much .We are looking forward to recieving further models on this topic.