Here comes a big excuse to watch television. What's more, you might be able to go on an all-expenses-paid trip to a remote part of the mainland and make your own TV documentary! English in the Air, a pilot project on learning English from watching television, will be broadcast on TVB Pearl every Wednesday evening beginning February 5. The first programme is the youth reality series Road Scholars, featuring eight 30-minute documentaries made by youngsters on their study tours around the world in 2001. This will be followed by American youth drama series Lizzie McGuire, which will chart the ups and downs of Lizzie as she copes with school work, friends, parents and romance, in April. The Hong Kong Education City Web site ( www.hkedcity . net/english/tv) will have preview material ready at least one day before each episode to help students understand the programme better. All material promises to be fun, said Dr Terence Lo Chi-hung of Polytechnic University, who designed it. After each episode, you can go to the chat room to discuss the programme with friends and Dr Lo. Don't forget to check out the Re-creation session for Road Scholars. That's where you will win your prize! Make sure you get two friends to form a team. The competition for Lizzie McGuire is being designed. The project was organised by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research after its survey found that 36 per cent of students have seldom or never watched local English TV channels. The idea is not to have dictation or worksheets afterwards, said Subrina Chow Shun-yee, secretary at the committee. It is to get students to enjoy the shows. If you want to learn more, get online. In the next two weeks letters will be sent to schools and parents to inform them about the shows. The project - which will run until June when it is up for a review - is supported by a $1.5 million grant from the Language Fund. For details, visit www.hkedcity.net/ english/tv. Get your pop-corn ready.