Watch Television and Films to Improve your English

Learning English doesn’t always need to mean sitting in the classroom. In fact, English language teachers urge you to do plenty of additional learning outside of school.


You can learn English whilst watching TV shows and films in English. Television programs offer one way to pick up conversational English skills and new words. However, the process of learning to speak English requires a student to be far more active than simply turning on the TV and watching. Unfortunately, English language will not be automatically added to your vocabulary through passive activity. If you’re still getting to grips with the language at any level (from beginner to upper intermediate) then it’s worth putting the English subtitles on so that you can read along and listen at the same time.


It is possible to add new phrases and words to your vocabulary by watching TV. By memorizing, practicing and applying new phrases and words, confidence grows and a person becomes more adept at using words and phrases in context.


You can also listen to English radio stations and find plenty of listening sources on the internet. Another idea would be to put English subtitles on films or television programmes from your own country so that you can read along with them in English and make the translations as you go.

Tips for watching series in English

  • Utilize the chance to improve your English speaking and pronunciation!

  • If you are not confident enough in your English language skills, watch with the subtitles in English. Note: If you watch with subtitles in your own language you won't learn as much!

  • Rewind and pause the shows if necessary. This can be annoying at first, but once you get used to the language you will be able to follow the show much more easily.

  • Keep a notebook by you to put down new expressions you hear.