1. Before watching
GATHER a group of friends before you sit down to watch a movie or a TV show.
This will make it easier for you to practice some of the English words and expressions you hear.
To aid your conversations, find out as much information as you can about the movie or TV show's basic plot, characters, actors, director and awards.
Be sure to have all of your discussions in English.
2. While watching
You might need to watch an episode, or certain scenes of a drama, a couple of times.
This will depend on your level of English, and on the complexity of the drama.
For a complicated show like The Office, watch it in English with Chinese subtitles first.
This will help you get the gist of the themes and plot.
When you're done, start thinking about issues to discuss with your friends.
Then, a couple of days later, watch the piece again – this time with subtitles in English.
Focus on the language.
As you are watching, write down at least 10 new words and 5 phrases or expressions.
Guess their meaning.
Later, check your guess by looking up the words and expressions in a dictionary, or by asking a native English speaker.
Remember, some of the language will likely not be found in your textbooks! Be careful about how you use the words!
Finally, watch the piece a third time, in English only, without subtitles.
If you have fully mastered the meaning, lip-synch the dialogues from the script with the actors.
Try to memorize and act out your favorite scenes. Stage performances for your classmates.
Ultimately, you must take responsibility for your own learning.
Let watching movies and TV series teach you about life in other countries and help improve your knowledge of English.
But remember they are just dramas and not necessarily true to real life!