Bitcoin: The Future of Money
Dec29

Bitcoin: The Future of Money

Everyone is talking about Bitcoin these days, and for good reason. For nearly a decade, it has been quietly revolutionizing money, and most experts think that it will continue to do so in the future. In this fascinating TED talk, Neha Narula talks about the blockchain and what it means for all of us.   Vocabulary Let’s look at the video closely. At 06:36, Narula says: Cryptocurrencies are the first step of this...

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How Great Leaders Inspire Action, by Simon Sinek
May05

How Great Leaders Inspire Action, by Simon Sinek

This lesson is intended for intermediate and upper-intermediate level students, and should take about 1.5 hrs to complete. This is primarily a speaking class, although it features Simon Sinek’s TED Talk as a listening text during the second half. The lesson is comprised of the embedded Microsoft Word document below, which is pretty self-explanatory. I used the document projected on an overhead to guide my class. Where it...

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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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5 Ways to Better Listening, by Julian Treasure
Nov26

5 Ways to Better Listening, by Julian Treasure

Do you want to improve your IELTS listening skills? Well, here’s the perfect TED talk for you! It’s called 5 Ways to Listen Better, by Julian Treasure.   Vocabulary Extraction (noun) – the act or process of getting something by pulling it out, forcing it out, etc. : the act of extracting something Cocktail party (noun) – a usually formal party at which alcoholic drinks are served Discount (verb) – to believe...

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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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