Netflix and learn – six ways to teach English language skills with television
How can teachers of English create learning material with streaming services? Melissa Thomson, a British Council teacher and trainer based in Bilbao, describes her top six approaches. Last year I asked my teenage learners to list the five places they were most likely to encounter English online, and the top answer was Netflix. Over 37 per cent of the world's internet users subscribe to Netflix, a streaming service for movies and television series. Almost everyone I know is a user of media-streaming services. That includes friends, family, colleagues and my learners. I asked my learners what they watched I also asked them how much they watched, and how they watched it (such as with subtitles or dubbed). I involved my learners in the planning process by asking them what language skills they wanted to improve. They often told me that they didn’t have time for homework, but also said that they spent between a few hours each weekend to a few hours every day watching television online.
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