The thesis is devoted to the study of the social networks Vkontakte and Instagram as a new element of information and communication technologies in the classroom of the English language in higher education. Particular attention is paid to the integration of popular social networks in the educational process in order to further development of the educational material given in the classroom with students of radio engineering training areas of the Ural Federal University. Active and widespread use of mobile devices and social networks in everyday life ensures the relevance of their application for students. The purpose of this study is to develop stages of work with social networks, to determine the actual methods of using social networks in the process of learning English. The study presents four stages that are necessary for the organization of the process of learning a foreign language: organizational, preparatory (technical), procedural and evaluation. The authors of the study offer the details of these stages for fifteen steps. Depending on the goals and objectives of the educational process, topics, group level set of proposed steps changes. The practice of introduction of social networks in the process of organization of independent work of students of the Institute of radio electronics and information technology of the Ural Federal University demonstrates the possibility of using different types of tasks to solve various educational problems and improve the efficiency of English language teaching. The authors of the study analyze not only the advantages of using social networks in teaching a foreign language, but also the disadvantages, which mainly include the marketing content of social networks.