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  • 01/10/2012 11:55 AM
    Message # 791397
    Hello Georgia TESOL Members!

    Do any of you have suggestions for TV series which would be good for adult ESL students to watch for improving comprehension.  Most of my students are high beginners.   Years ago, I would have students watch Northern Exposure.  They loved was gentle but thought-provoking, and exposed them to a lot of different kinds of English as well as different types of Americans.  I am wishing there was a similar kind of show today, but am not very versed in TV-world.  Most if not all of them get comcast cable, so anything on cable TV is fair game. 

    I don't want laugh tracks, and I don't want violence.  They could handle adult situations, I guess, but I want something not too racy.  I think GLee is probably the closest I have found yet to what I'm looking for, but I wish I could find something more...I don't know....thoughtful? 

    If I can find something, we will try to discuss the episodes to reinforce what they're seeing, but I won't build a class around it. 

    Am I out of luck?  Do any of you recommend TV shows to your adult students?  THanks a lot!   Liz Bigler
  • 01/11/2012 6:06 AM
    Reply # 792061 on 791397

    If you're looking for something to show in class then try the We are New York series.  It's available online (free) and was developed for adult ESL classes.  The site is complete with full length episodes, scripts (in several languages), lesson plans, and study guides.  The site is a bit tricky to navigate so I'm including the links below.

    On the other hand, if you're looking for additional practice at home I would recommend Modern Family.  You'll have to view it for yourself to determine if it's too racy.  It's a fun look at contemporary culture and the actors sometimes look into the camera and provide internal monologue to help viewers understand their actions.  If that sounds too difficult, then try a reality show like Super Nanny or Dirty Jobs.

    Last modified: 01/12/2012 12:31 AM | Lela Horne
  • 07/12/2016 12:37 PM
    Reply # 4127879 on 791397

    I usually prefer short film for my ESL students.  I have used NY times learning network a lot.

    This website have various films as well as lesson plans, which you can modify based on your students' proficiency level.

  • 08/20/2016 8:03 PM
    Reply # 4202409 on 791397

    Thank you for these suggestions!  I'd also like to suggest a website, for adults, called ""     Cloze exercises for tons of popular songs....   Lots of ads, but if you use an adblocker, it's not bad.   You can print the cloze exercises too...AND modify them from easy to hard!   (Only have to be careful to screen for appropriate (or inappropriate) content!!!) 

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