Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole
Aug16

Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole

In January 2009, Ray Zahab broke the record for fastest unsupported trek across Antarctica, to raise awareness and money for kids’ environmental education. In 2006, he ran across the Sahara to raise awareness of water shortages. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   How many days did it take them to trek to the South pole?   How many days did...

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Joe Landolina: This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly
Aug13

Joe Landolina: This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly

Forget stitches — there’s a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   What does he want you to imagine?   How many years has he been working on...

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Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
Aug08

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension...

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Improve your IELTS Speaking Score Immediately
Aug04

Improve your IELTS Speaking Score Immediately

The IELTS Speaking Exam terrifies many students, but it shouldn’t. If you are prepared, you have nothing to worry about. Don’t view the examiner as your enemy; view him as your friend. IELTS Difficulties A few years ago I had a Chinese student called Joe. He really wanted to go to Australia, and he needed to get IELTS 7 in every part of the exam. Even before I started to coach him, he could get an 8 or even a 9 in the...

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Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
Aug02

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   What has happened to our happiness levels in the last 50 years?   What does less stuff and less space equal?   What was...

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