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One of my goals in teaching is to make learning interesting and fun. One of the ways that I use is to use clips from TV shows (preferably ones that the students aren’t aware of). It’s a good way for students to work on what I call “real world” listening (as opposed the unimaginatively scripted, sterile, banal listening that they will encounter in English proficiency tests).

I prefer to give the students the clips to watch and home along with a very short writing assignment. That leaves the entire class time for discussion and activities.

One of my favorite British shows to use is “Gogglebox”. Students enjoy seeing average everyday subjects of the Queen, commenting on TV shows. The premise itself sounds awful but it’s actually a surprisingly great springboard for discussions on a wide range of topics from who is “hot” and immigration.

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