What would happen if you didn’t drink water?
Mar08

What would happen if you didn’t drink water?

Level: pre intermediate and above Topic: Health Time for completion: 15+ min Introduction Our world is comprised of 70% water, and the average human is composed of between 55 and 60% water. So what role does water play in our bodies, and how much do we actually need to drink to stay healthy? Mia Nacamulli details the health benefits of hydration. Questions https://youtu.be/9iMGFqMmUFs   Watch the video and provide TWO answers of...

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Have you ever wondered why we yawn?
Jan11

Have you ever wondered why we yawn?

Level: intermediate and above Time of completion:  10+ min   Introduction *Yaaawwwwwn* Did just reading the word make you feel like yawning yourself? Known as contagious yawning, the reasons behind this phenomenon have been attributed to both the physiological and psychological. It’s been observed in children as young as four and even in dogs! Claudia Aguirre visits the many intriguing theories that might explain contagious...

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This virtual lab will revolutionize science class, by Michael Bodekaer
May15

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class, by Michael Bodekaer

Introduction It’s been two weeks since our last TED video lesson, and in that time we’ve had a number of other lesson types such as YouTube videos and reading passages. Today we’re going to look at a TED talk video which bridges the divide between technology and education – two vital IELTS topics. It’s called “This virtual lab will revolutionize science class,” by a social entrepreneur called Michael Bodekaer.   Vocabulary Below...

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The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready, by Bill Gates
Apr06

The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready, by Bill Gates

Introduction In this lesson we’re going to look at a video called “The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready” by Bill Gates. This video appeared one year ago, just shortly after the Ebola scare of 2014 began to fade away, and it concerns preparedness for future disease or virus outbreaks. IELTS Skill Bill Gates is a good public speaker, who consistently uses simple words and speaks at a slow, intelligible pace. This speech and others by him...

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One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, by Jeff Iliff
Apr02

One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, by Jeff Iliff

Introduction Today’s video is called “One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep,” and is given by Jeff Iliff – a neuroscientist. This video contains a lot of difficult vocabulary, and the focus of this lesson is to train you for a valuable IELTS Listening skill – focusing on the question, and not getting overwhelmed by difficult words and ideas. IELTS Skill We’re going to use a very difficult video today to teach a simple idea. That...

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