How to Improve Your English with TV, Movies and Music

Improve English fluency and listening with movies, TV and music

We all love to watch movies and TV and listen to music, and it is a fantastic way to improve your listening and general fluency in English. Here’s are some things to remember when you want to use TV, Movies and Music to study English.

  1. CHOOSE A SHORT TV SHOW, PART OF A MOVIE, OR A SONG
    Choose English movies, TV series or songs that show a real life situation and where there is a lot of dialogue* (*speaking between people in a movie or TV show). Science Fiction or action movies with very little speaking may not be the best choice to improve real life listening! Rap or Hip Hop might also be a difficult choice for learners. 
  2. WATCH/LISTEN THE FIRST TIME WITH NO SUBTITLES OR LYRICS
    The first time you watch it, watch it with no subtitles to focus your listening. Don’t worry if you don’t understand much the first time you listen. If you chose something short, this will not take a long time.
  3. WATCH/LISTEN AGAIN (the 2nd time) WITH SUBTITLES OR LYRICS – SLOWLY!!! STOP AND STUDY THE WORDS YOU DON’T KNOW.
    The second time you watch it, watch it/listen to it very slowly, with English subtitles or the lyrics (You can always find lyrics to a song by typing the name of the song + “lyrics” into a search engine). Pause the part of the movie, TV show or song every time you see/hear a new word to write down and learn any new vocabulary. This is the study part, and is very important. This is the part that can take a long time. 30 minutes to an hour depending on your level and the difficulty of the vocabulary. If you can’t find the vocabulary in a dictionary, you can always use the help of an English Coach
  4. WATCH/LISTEN AGAIN – THIS TIME WITH NO SUBTITLES OR LYRICS!
    The third time you watch it, watch it/listen to it again at normal speed with no subtitles or lyrics. You will be impressed with your listening improvement!

Learning English through TV, Movies and Music will be one of the immersion methods we will use on an Intensive Immersion English Course this year – 10 days or 2 weeks to Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Guest Teachers for these special and effective courses include Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat from English with a Twist, and Ronnie, a popular online teacher!

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