David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments
Jul16

David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:  ...

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Richard St John: 8 secrets to success
Jul10

Richard St John: 8 secrets to success

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below: Comprehension Questions   Where did it all start?   How many interviews did he do?   Who said work was fun?   Who pushed...

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Camille Seaman: Photos from a storm chaser
Jul04

Camille Seaman: Photos from a storm chaser

Photographer Camille Seaman has been chasing storms for 5 years. In this talk she shows stunning, surreal photos of the heavens in tumult. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:     Comprehension Questions   Where is her tribe situated?   When did she start storm chasing?   What percentage of supercell produce tornados?   What has she learned to respect?   What...

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Life Lessons Through Tinkering
Jun07

Life Lessons Through Tinkering

If you’re reading this webpage, it is likely that you are studying for your IELTS exam. As a student of English, you know that it can be a difficult experience to learn a new language. However, everyone learns differently. For some people, it even seems easy! Yet we all have ways that work for us and don’t work for others. Most children learn best through doing. Sure, they need to listen and read sometimes, but they...

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How to Save the Oceans
May23

How to Save the Oceans

I love the sea. I love everything about it. Even at its most terrifying, I still love it. For these reasons, I also really enjoyed listening to National Geographic photojournalist, Brian Skerry, talking about his attempts to share the ocean with the rest of the world. Try to peel your eyes away from his beautiful photography to practice some listening skills that will help boost your IELTS score. Vocabulary Firstly, look at this PPT...

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How to Grow Fresh Air
May15

How to Grow Fresh Air

Air pollution is a problem for most of the world’s population. With the rise of industrialism in many developing countries, fresh air is now in short supply. Particularly in large cities, people need more fresh air and less pollution. In this TED Talk from 2009, Kamal Meattle demonstrates how to improve the quality of air in your home by using a simple arrangement of plants. Watch and Listen As you watch this video, try to make...

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