How to Study English with Television Programs

In this lesson you will learn how to improve your English by watching television programs.



Welcome to Speak English with Tiffani. I am Teacher Tiffani and today I am going to teach you exactly How to study English with Television programs. Are you ready for this step-by-step guide? Well then, let’s jump right in.

In last week’s video we learned that it is very helpful to study with English television programs. But, the question is how exactly should you study? Well, there is actually a simple 5-step guide to properly studying English with television programs.

Let me explain…


Step 1

Usually there are many different characters in television programs. As an English learner it can be quite confusing to follow the storyline because you don’t understand the relationship between the characters. So, that is why step 1 is so important.

Step 1 is Find the main characters

After you have found the main characters, the next thing you need to do is to write 3 facts or important points about each of them.

Step 2

After determining the main characters, it is important to figure out exactly when the story is actually taking place. For example, sometimes the television programs may be set in certain seasons like fall, summer or even winter.

So, Step 2 is Determine the time period

For this step you can write down if the story is set in the past, present, or in the future like Star Wars. You can also get more specific and write down the time of day the main story happens.

Step 3

Next, you need to find out the location of the television program. For example is it happening in Paris, or maybe it is at someone’s house. Or maybe a university. Or maybe it is just in a city. This information will help you to understand the story much better.

So, Step 3 is Find the location

There are three things that you should include for the location. You should write whether it is set in a specific country, state, or city. You should write if it is at the character’s workplace, home, school, or some other place. And you should also write down new places that appear in the television program.

Step 4

Then, you should figure out the general flow of the story. You should be able to do this as you watch the television program and as the scenes change.

So, Step 4 is Figure out the plot of the story

The main things you need to recognize for this step are the storyline, the issue, the climax, and the solution. This information will help you to summarize the story in your mind.

Step 5

Finally, you need to determine what your opinion is of the television program. There are some English television programs that you will like and there are some that you will not like. It is important for you to understand what you actually like to watch and why.

So, Step 5 is Write a Review

Your review should not only include your opinion of the television program, but also 3 reasons why you feel that way.

These are the 5 simple steps to properly studying English with television programs.

Got another English question that you would like me to answer for you?!

Just write it down below in the comments and I will answer you and maybe even make a video to answer your question!

Until next time, try these 5 simple steps when you watch English television programs and watch your English ability improve. You can do it! You can Speak English!

~Teacher Tiffani’

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