Watching Too Much TV

black flat screen tv turned on showing game
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 13, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Engaging in discussions about the topic of “Watching Too Much TV” provides a valuable platform for beginner English learners to enhance their language skills. Exploring this subject allows learners to develop vocabulary, improve their conversational abilities and gain a deeper understanding of cultural influences.

By delving into the advantages and disadvantages of excessive television consumption, learners can express their opinions, discuss personal experiences and practice constructing coherent arguments. Additionally, this topic encourages the use of descriptive language to express emotions, opinions and preferences.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Why People Watch TV

Most people would agree that the invention of the TV was a great thing. In almost every living room, the focus of the room is always the TV. People watch TV to relax, find out news as well as for general entertainment.

Along with the enjoyable aspects of TV, there are also some negative effects that come with it, particularly if we watch too much TV as many people now do.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • entertainment (noun)
  • relax (verb)
  • programme (noun)
  • addictive (adjective)
  • benefit (noun)
  • disadvantage (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do we watch too much TV?
  • How many hours of TV do you usually watch in a day?
  • What type of TV programmes do you watch?
  • What are the disadvantages of watching too much TV?
  • Is watching TV addictive?
  • How would your life change if TV didn’t exist?
  • Does watching too much TV affect your health? How?
  • What other activities do you enjoy apart from watching TV?
  • Can watching TV help you learn English?
  • Should parents limit their children's TV time?
  • Does watching too much TV make people less creative and imaginative?
  • What can you do to avoid watching too much TV?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.