There are lots of podcasts for English students, but most of them are just recordings of classes. I wanted to create a podcast that would really help English students to improve their listening skills and pronunciation. The Ivy League English podcast gives you the opportunity to listen to real English from real native speakers. If you have questions or comments, click "Comments" at the bottom of the page.
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What’s up, everyone! Welcome to episode 3. Today we’re going to talk about the Ivy League English TV and Movie Club and I’m going to give you some homework. A lot of students seem interested in watching TV shows and movies together so that they can ask questions and get help understanding the things that they watch. So we’re going to give it a try. Today, I’ll tell you what show to watch. After you watch it, you can post your questions about the show in the comments. Now, pay attention. There’s one rule about asking questions. You’re not allowed to ask me what a word means. That’s what dictionaries are for. You don’t need me for that. If you hear a word that you don’t understand, just look it up. Ok? This TV and movie club is not for lazy students. This is for serious students who really want to learn. Got it?
So, the show we’re going to start with is . . . . are you ready for this . . . Friends! That’s right. And I know what some of you are thinking. “Patricia, in the last episode you said that Friends was a terrible show for English students.” Well, that’s not exactly what I said. Friends is an old show so there are some things that you might hear in the show that people don’t really say anymore. But I also said that you can watch an old show if you want to. It’s still good listening practice and most of the English language really hasn’t changed in 20 years. Since you guys will be watching Friends with my help, I can explain what words or phrases in the show are not used anymore. Ok? Friends definitely wouldn’t be my first choice for a student that’s watching these shows without the help of a teacher, but you guys have me. So you have absolutely nothing to worry about. I’m going to take good care you guys. To be honest, the reason why I chose Friends is because it’s really easy for students to find online. It’s on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and lots of other websites. So, for that reason it’s a great choice for what we’re trying to do here.
Alright, let’s get to the homework. Your first assignment is to watch season 1, episode 1 of Friends. When you watch the show, remember to use the tips from the last episode of this podcast. After you’ve watched the show a few times, post any questions that you have right here in the comments. Then, I’ll answer your questions in another episode of this podcast. That’s it, guys. I hope this all makes sense. If you have questions about what to do, you can ask in the comments. Good luck with your first TV and movie club homework assignment. This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see your questions and talk to you guys about the first episode of Friends.
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