Genres:• Science fiction – Star Trek, The Next Generation• · Paranormal – X-Files• · Hidden camera• · Drama - serious TV movies about real problems in life• · Crime – Sopranos• · Cops and Robbers (policemen and criminals) – Hill Street Blues, Cagney and Lacy, SWAT,• · Fantasy – Dungeons and Dragons• · Sports – Football, Basketball; Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football
• · Situation comedy "sitcom" - Frasier, Cheers, Friends; Malcolm in the Middle• · (Tabloid) talk show, Interview – Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno, David Letterman (Br. Chat show)• · Medical drama - Dr. House, Grey’s anatomy• · Superhero – Heroes, Hulk• · Reality TV - Big Brother, The Fly on The Wall• · Soap opera – Dallas, Gossip Girl, General Hospital• · Variety show – Saturday Night Live, i.e. A theatrical entertainment consisting of successive unrelated acts, such as songs, dances, and comedy skits.
• Serial drama - Lost• · Cartoons – Tom & Jerry, Mickey Mouse• · Documentary – National Geographic, History• · News – CNN, BBC World, Voice of America• · mini-series - A televised dramatic production, as of a novel or film, shown in a short number of episodes.• Travel or holiday programmes• Makeover• Cookery ·• Fishing and hunting
Other vocabulary words:• ·A commercial - an advertisement on TV• · A couch potato - a person who watches TV all day on the sofa.• · Flip through the channels, channel hop – to change channels frequently• · prime-time – the best time to watch TV, between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM every night• · to broadcast - To transmit (a radio or television program) for public or general use.• · Episode - A separate program that is part of a television or radio series.• · Anchorman> news presenter (also known as newsreader, newscaster, anchorman or ... a news program in the format of a television show, on the radio or the Internet.• · Talk show host - A person, such as Jay Leno, David Letterman or Oprah Winfrey, who is the main speaker of a talk show.• · Leading actors - The main actors in a TV series.
Speaking• How many types of TV programmes can you name in English?• Which type do you like best?• What is one of your favourite TV shows?• What do you usually watch on TV?• What kind of TV shows do you not like? Why?• Do you think TV is educational?
• Do you think we spend too much time watching TV?• What do you think of TV shows that are designed to "discover new talents?• Does TV make a person passive? Does TV take away a persons ability to think for himself or herself?• Do you think it is good for children to watch TV?• Could you live without TV for a week?• If you couldnt watch TV at home but had to stay there, what would you do?• What TV commercials do you like? Why?A presentation by Dulce RosalesSOURCE: http://www.madridteacher.com/English/television-speaking.htm