Can you learn English by watching TV?

10 mesi fa
Many of my students have often asked me about the best ways for them to study outside of the classroom. When I reply with "watch TV," they usually laugh! But the truth is, learning a language requires a well-rounded approach; this means utilizing one-on-one classroom instruction, classwork, homework, genuine practice, and yes, watching TV!

Learning English by only completing one of these tasks is not effective. It takes a combination of all of these aspects of language learning to be successful! The reason watching TV is especially effective for language learning is that it will allow you to learn a language just as a child learns a language- by watching and listening! Not only that, but it will allow students to observe a variety of accents, a variety of situations, and a variety of vocabulary choices. A particularly appealing genre to watch if you're interesting in language learning is.... Romance! Why? Because romance movies/shows are not content specific. They discuss a wide variety of topics and use casual English.

Using these TV shows and movies to learn a language is a great addition to a language-learning curriculum. They should be used to supplement, not replace your lessons- but they are definitely a benefit.

A well-rounded English curriculum should include a bit of all of these learning strategies and may look something like this:

Monday: 1-on-1 lesson with a teacher / Self-studies
Tuesday: Vocabulary Building / 1-hr of TV!
Wednesday: 1-on-1 lesson with a teacher / Self-studies
Thursday: Lesson Review / Vocabulary Building / 1-hr of TV!
Friday: 1-on-1 lesson with a teacher / Self-studies
Saturday: Fun Learning! Ex. See an English movie, go to an English restaurant, chat with an English-speaking friend
Sunday: Casual Review

Remember, everything you do for the purposes of learning a language should be engaging and most importantly, FUN. If you can find a topic you are interested in, the language you are learning will be learned much faster.

Send me a message with any questions or for TV recommendations!

Keep going, you're getting better every day!
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