TeachingEnglish | Lesson plans
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Topic: TV programmes
Level: Pre-intermediate and above
In this lesson the students will look at the television viewing habits of young
people in the UK and compare them to the habits of young people in their own
country. They will begin by making television posters, then they will do a jigsaw
reading activity in pairs. The text is about television habits in the UK. They will
complete a questionnaire about their own viewing habits and discuss how their
habits are different from those of young people in the UK. There is an optional
Introduction task – Making a poster
• Tell students that they are going to make a Television Poster in small
of programmes people watch.
television. Add some pictures to illustrate the programmes. (A cookery programme could be
illustrated with a saucepan or a film could be illustrated with a reel of film).
• When students understand the task put them into small groups and give
Students should be given a limited time to design and produce a poster.
• Display the finished results.
Documentaries, Films, The news, The weather forecast, Quiz shows, Soap
operas, Travel programmes, Chat shows, Cartoons, Sport programmes,
Sitcoms, Educational programmes, Debates, Gardening programmes,
Cooking programmes, Plays, Dramas, Police series, Music programmes,
Variety shows, Reality shows.
• Put students into pairs (Student A and Student B). Give all student As a
copy of Worksheet 1A. Give all student Bs a copy of Worksheet 1 B.
• Student A should start reading the text aloud allowing time for student B
to write the missing words. Then student A listens carefully while student
have finished they compare the two texts. Are they exactly the same?
Children’s Television Viewing Habits in the UK
Parents and teachers throughout the country often express concern about the
According to recent statistics, teenagers watch between 2.5 and 3.2 hours of
breakfast but most viewing takes place after school in the evenings.
Peak viewing times for teenagers are between seven and nine o’clock. They
four and six, when the programmes are specifically aimed at children, the
viewing figures are much lower.
Girls watch more drama series, documentaries and news programmes. Boys
Television plays an important part in the lives of children. They are affected by
What parents and their children have to consider is how much time should be
spent watching television and which programmes are suitable or unsuitable.
• Ask students to read their completed texts again and to answer the
1. How many hours a day do teenagers in the UK spend watching
2. What time of day does most viewing takes place?
3. Do boys and girls watch the same kind of programmes?
• Tell students that they are going to complete a questionnaire about their
student a copy of the questionnaire (Worksheet 2).
• Students first read each question and answer YES or NO. When they
have finished they take turns in asking their partner the questions and
record their answers.
• Finally, invite the students to compare and discuss their findings. Have
they got similar television viewing habits? In what ways are they
• Introduce the topic of favourite television programmes by telling students
what you watched on television the previous day.
• Encourage students to talk about their favourite programmes and to
compare tastes. Very often there is a programme that is in fashion and
everyone will watch it regularly and be keen to talk about it.
• Get a copy of a TV programme guide for the UK. These can be found in
most UK newspapers and can be easily found on the Internet. If you
• Internet facilities at your school have a look at one of the web sites.
group a different role card from Worksheet 3.
• Students should read their cards and remember the information. They
can choose whether to be male or female.
• Each group should then study the TV guide and act out their role.
with pronunciation problems.
• The object of the activity is to discuss the programmes being shown and
viewing time but allow enough time for them to watch a few programmes