9 Ways to Remove TV From Your Life – ESL Lesson

9 Ways to Remove TV From Your Life – ESL Lesson

Getting yourself and family members to turn off the television can be a constant struggle. With hundreds of programs, movies and sporting events bombarding us every minute, it’s hard not to get sucked in.

How would you describe your TV viewing habits? Could you live a day, a week, or even a month without turning on your TV?

This ESL lesson will improve your English speaking skill and show you ways to substitute TV watching with more productive and healthier past times.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

[ESL LESSON] How to Watch TV: But Not Too Much

1. Are they each holding soft drinks in their hands?

2. What program do you think they’re watching?

3. Describe what you see on the coffee table.

4. How is their body language different?

5. Do you think it’s day or night time?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. How many TV sets are in your home?

  • None
  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • Five or more

2. Which media do you mostly use to watch TV?

  • Television
  • Desktop
  • Notebook
  • Tablet
  • Phone

3. Do you have HD (high definition) TV?

  • Yes
  • No

4. How many days per week do you watch TV?

  • 7
  • 5-6
  • 3-4
  • 1-2

5. How many hours each day do you watch TV?

  • <1
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 5+

6. What do you do while watching TV?

  • Nothing
  • Checking email / social media sites
  • Talking on the phone
  • Browse the Internet
  • Eat snacks
  • Eat breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Reading (news, books, magazines)
  • Other, please specify

7. Who do you watch TV with most of the time?

  • On my own
  • With whole family
  • With siblings
  • With parents
  • With kids
  • With grandparents

8. What types of show do you mostly watch?

  • Drama
  • Sit comedy
  • Documentary
  • Reality show
  • News
  • Sports
  • Other, please specify

9. Why do you watch TV?

  • For leisure
  • To relieve stress
  • To have more family time
  • For learning purposes
  • To get the news
  • Other, please specify

 10. Describe your TV watching habits:

  • I randomly flip the channels until I find something I like
  • I check the program guide before I watch
  • Other, please specify

Part III: Share Your Opinions

[ESL LESSON] How to Watch TV: But Not Too Much

Discuss the Photo

1. Is it a good idea to watch television in the dark?

2. Are they sitting too close to the TV?

3. Why are they sitting so close on such a big sofa?

Discussion Activity

You and your family have decided to cut down on the amount of TV watching at home.

Below are nine ways on how to do this. Rank each way in order of practicality from 1 being most practical to 9 being impractical.

Be prepared to discuss your choices with your classmates and teacher after you rank them.

9 Ways to Remove TV From Your Life

  • Remove the TV from your living room and put it in a less popular place
  • Keep the TV off during dinner. Meals are a great time for talking
  • Make some days of the week TV-free days
  • Sit down and listen to music or read a book instead of watching TV
  • Cancel your cable subscription
  • Go for a walk outside instead of watching TV
  • Hide the remote control from each other
  • Do not sit and channel surf. Plan ahead which TV show to watch
  • Step away from the television during commercial breaks

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