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Learn English Through TV Drama Series: Adrift

Take your English language skills to the next level by exploring pronunciation, complex phrases, and grammatical functions.

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Adrift: a drama series for English language learners
  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Learn the core building blocks of conversation

On this five-week course from Chasing Time English, you’ll build on your language knowledge by watching and studying the television drama Adrift. This series focuses on instruction and adjacency pairs, which will help you develop the main building blocks of conversation.

Explore adjacency pairs and typical conversational responses

Many conversations can be made up of two speakers taking turns, with the second speaker often using a contextual response to a question. These are known as adjacency pairs.

You’ll look at the different types of adjacency pairs in the English language to learn the context of these action-based conversations, such as invitations, compliments, and apologies.

You’ll also learn about using insert and pre-expansions; ways that you can gain more information before or during adjacency pairs.

Expand your knowledge of conditionals

Conditional sentences can take many different forms, but they’re all usually used to express the consequence of a hypothetical scenario.

In this course, you’ll investigate the second, third, and mixed conditionals. This will allow you to discuss hypothetical situations in the present or future, as well as alternate outcomes of past situations.

Improve your confidence in verbal and non-verbal communication

During the final week of this course, you’ll be introduced to performance practice, extending the focus on verbal and non-verbal elements and helping you gain confidence in communicating successfully.

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What topics will you cover?

This is a course designed for English language learners including:

• Watching skills • Speaking skills • Pragmatics awareness • Grammar activities • Vocabulary activities • Writing skills • Reading skills

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Interpret important communicative concepts from visual and audio cues
  • Improve awareness of complex grammatical functions and uses
  • Perform dramatic scenarios using verbal and non-verbal elements
  • Explore key features of pragmatics in communication

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone looking to learn English at an upper-intermediate level.

To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you have a minimum of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1+ level English.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Co-founder and Managing Director at Chasing Time English.

My international education experience includes postings in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, India, and the United States.

I am Head Materials Writer at Chasing Time English.

I hold a PhD in applied linguistics, have published in a range of leading academic journals, and have over 20 years teaching experience.

I am a Senior Materials Writer and Production Manager at Chasing Time English.

Originally from the UK, I have worked in international education for 15yrs. Prior to that I worked in the movie industry.

I am a Co-founder and Head of Media Production at Chasing Time English.

I have worked in the film and television industry since 2001.

Who developed the course?

Chasing Time English

Chasing Time English produces engaging live-action
purposeful teaching and learning resources for English language education.

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  • Location

    Hamilton, New Zealand

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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