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Learn English Through TV Drama Series

Advance your English language, social awareness, and communication skills through watching short television drama series.

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Improve your skills and confidence in speaking English

On this ExpertTrack from Chasing Time English, you’ll embark on an exciting learning journey to improve your English. The unique format of these courses allows you to watch original TV drama series and then apply what you learn from each episode through invaluable practice activities.

As you progress through this ExpertTrack, you’ll not only improve your English speaking skills, but you’ll also develop your listening, reading, and writing skills by watching characters using English in natural ways and contexts.

Explore both verbal and non-verbal communication

By using current research about pragmatics, you’ll be shown how people talk in authentic situations, helping you focus your learning on how to have ordinary, everyday conversations in English.

You’ll also explore performance across these courses, focusing on using both verbal and non-verbal elements of communication and building your confidence.

Discover two exciting original television dramas

Throughout this ExpertTrack, you’ll watch two drama series, both designed to help you learn and improve your English language skills.

Each course is structured to introduce you to key vocabulary and phrases from each episode before you then watch the show to discover the context and story. Each episode is then followed by interactive tasks and guided activities created to help you improve your skills, fluency, and understanding of English.

Learn from the language experts at Chasing Time English

Chasing Time English is a unique combination of English language educators, applied linguists, and filmmaking professionals.

At the core of each course’s design is motivation, making sure that every lesson is engaging and effective. By consulting with applied linguists and teaching professionals, the team are able to identify appropriate learning content and make sure that the more difficult barriers to learning are mitigated.

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Key skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking skills
  • English language skills
  • English grammar
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Non-verbal communication
  • English speaking
  • Reading and writing
  • Watching and listening skills

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Summarise key events from written and spoken texts
  • Demonstrate understanding of key linguistic concepts from visual and audio cues
  • Develop confidence in expressing an opinion in English
  • Contribute to discussions on a range of themes and topics
  • 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

Experience required

There are no formal requirements, but to gain the most from this ExpertTrack, it’s recommended that you have at least B1 (Intermediate) English Language skills on the CEFR framework.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is designed for non-native English speakers looking to improve their English, especially the ability to have ordinary conversations and interactions in English.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Improve your English language skills and develop your confidence in speaking, reading, and writing in English.

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      My Name is Lucky Episode 1
      • Introduction
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 1
      • Pragmatics: asking for permission
      • Language focus
      • Reading
      • Summary and review
      • Final recap
    • Week 2

      My Name is Lucky Episode 2
      • Introduction to My Name is Lucky: Episode 2
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 2
      • Pragmatics: apologising
      • Language focus
      • Reading
      • Summary and review
    • Week 3

      My Name is Lucky Episode 3
      • Introduction to My Name is Lucky: Episode 3
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 3
      • Pragmatics: making and declining invitations
      • Language focus
      • Reading
      • Summary and review
    • Week 4

      My Name is Lucky Episode 4
      • Introduction to My Name is Lucky: Episode 4
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 4
      • Pragmatics: time expressions
      • Language focus
      • Reading
      • Summary and review
  • Course 2

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

    5 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Adrift Episode 1
      • Introduction to Adrift: Episode 1
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 1
      • Pragmatics: adjacency pairs
      • Language focus: verbs with prepositions
      • Listening
      • Reading and writing
    • Week 2

      Adrift Episode 2
      • Introduction to Adrift: Episode 2
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 2
      • Pragmatics: insert expansions
      • Language focus: the second conditional
      • Listening
      • Reading and writing
    • Week 3

      Adrift Episode 3
      • Introduction to Adrift: Episode 3
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 3
      • Pragmatics: pre-expansions
      • Language focus: the third conditional and mixed conditionals
      • Listening
      • Reading and writing
    • Week 4

      Adrift Episode 4
      • Introduction to Adrift: Episode 4
      • Preview vocabulary
      • Watch Episode 4
      • Pragmatics: short turns
      • Language focus: collocations and making nouns from verbs
      • Listening
      • Reading and writing
      • Summary and review
    • Week 5

      Confidence in Communication
      • Introduction
      • Confidence in Communication: Part 1
      • Confidence in Communication: Part 2
      • Confidence in Communication: Part 3
      • Confidence in Communication: Part 4
      • Thank you and further learning opportunities

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with Chasing Time English

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

  • Established

    2017
  • Location

    Hamilton, New Zealand

Meet your instructors

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.

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