Many people still tend to associate YouTube with music or cat videos, but it also features an incredible amount of material specifically aimed at learners of English. In fact, I could probably have written a whole guide on YouTube English-learning resources. The problem, as always, is finding the good stuff, and while I can't pretend to have watched everything, here is a selection of channels that are definitely worth checking out.
Anglo-Link — Teaches all aspects of the English language, from important grammar and vocabulary topics to ways of improving your fluency, pronunciation and listening skills.
Anglophenia — Learn about British customs and culture on this BBC America channel.
Animated English — One of my two YouTube channels for learners of English. On this one you can find short lessons based on animated videos.
BBC Learning English — 634,933 subscribers can't be wrong! Every day they have a new video to help you learn the English language and they also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week.
British Council | LearnEnglish — Dozens of videos on lots of different topics (culture, music, songs). The Learn English playlist is a good place to start.
Doing English with Julian Northbrook — A channel for intermediate and advanced English learners who feel stuck with their English.
Easy English — 32 captioned videos featuring interviews with people in the street.
EF podEnglish — 5-minute English lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
English with Jennifer — Over 400 videos to help you become more confident and more effective communicating in English.
EnglishClass101.com —Master real conversations, perfect your pronunciation, and learn new words and cultural insights. New lessons come out every week.
engVid — One of the most popular YouTube sites for English learners. 11 teachers and over 900 lessons!
Espresso English — Over 130,000 (!) subscribers and dozens of video lessons on vocabulary and grammar.
Extr@ English — 30-episode series for learners of English originally broadcast on UK television. Read my review here.
5-Minute Language — Get tips and advice on learning languages here from Agnieszka Murdoch.
Learn English with Photos — My other YouTube channel features a series of photo-based video lessons designed to improve the listening, vocabulary, and speaking skills of learners of English at intermediate level and above.
Learn English with Steve Ford — High quality English lessons from basic to fluency levels taught by Steve Ford.
Rachel's English — American English pronunciation resource. All videos have closed captioning to help non-native speakers understand. New videos added every week.
Simple English Videos —Home of The English Show where you can learn to speak English fast and have fun along the way. They also have lots of English lessons and publish new ones on Fridays.
Speak English With Misterduncan — One of the most popular YouTube channels for English learners with over half a million subscribers and 67m views.
VOA Learning English — Voice of America's YouTube channel features several different series. For example, Let's Learn English is a 52-week course for beginners.