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...

Read More
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...

Read More
ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready, by Seth Shostak
Mar22

ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready, by Seth Shostak

Introduction Today’s TED talk is called “ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready,” by Seth Shostak. It is a rather long TED talk, at almost 20 minutes, so we’ll take a different approach. In previous lessons I have recommended watching the talk two or three times, but in this case, unless you have a lot of free time, it may not be practical. You may also be asking, “Hey! Aliens aren’t an IELTS topic!” That’s true, but Mr. Shostak’s...

Read More