This app makes it fun to pick up litter
Oct30

This app makes it fun to pick up litter

Today’s TED talk is by Jeff Kirschner and is called “This app makes it fun to pick up litter.” In his six minute talk to the people of New York, he describes a journey he went on in creating an app to help keep the planet clean. Watch Vocabulary crowdsource – verb –¬†obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically...

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Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?
Oct17

Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

Sports is a really important IELTS topics that can pop up in the speaking, reading, writing, and listening parts of the IELTS exam. It is particularly common in the speaking exam, where you may have to describe a sportsperson you admire, for example. In this TED Talk, the author David Epstein discusses whether or not athletes are really getting better every year as it appears they are. This findings are quite surprising. Vocabulary...

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Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
Aug29

Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully...

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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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