Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car
Jul28

Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google’s amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:...

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IELTS Listening Practice: Solar Power
Jan22

IELTS Listening Practice: Solar Power

Level: pre intermediate and above Time for completion: 10+ min   How does Solar Energy work? This video demonstrates how a grid-tied home solar power system works. It shows the exact process from the moment sunlight hit the solar panels, the actual power conversion, and how the DC (direct current) electricity from the panels is converted to AC (alternating current) for home use, as AC is the compatible form of energy for most...

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High-Altitude Wind Energy from Kites, by Saul Griffith
Oct25

High-Altitude Wind Energy from Kites, by Saul Griffith

Energy… climate change… technology… these are are all common IELTS topics, and in this TED video we can see them being discussed by Saul Griffith. Let’s watch this fascinating video together and practice our listening skills! Collocations First, let’s practice some of the vocabulary from the video. Below are several common collocated phrases that Saul uses while discussing wind power. They have been split...

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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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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...

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