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Talking About Climate Change
Dec16

Talking About Climate Change

Climate change is a huge problem – perhaps the greatest problem in the world at the moment. It is what we can an existential threat, meaning that it’s something that could possibly destroy the whole world. If it got bad enough, everyone could die.  Today we are going to watch an interesting video by Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist. In the video, she talks about how we can reach out to climate change deniers and...

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How To Speak So That People Will Listen
Nov12

How To Speak So That People Will Listen

Speaking. It’s a topic that terrifies IELTS learners. There’s so much to consider, and you have so little time to prepare. But speaking is something we do every day in our own language. We learn it from childhood. Some people are naturally good at it… and others not so much. In this TED Talk by Julian Treasure, we learn how to speak in a way that makes people want to listen to us. It contains some good advice for...

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How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope
Nov04

How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope

Today we’re going to look at an incredible TED Talk by Alex Hannold, a man who is famous around the world for his death-defying climbs. In this new TED Talk, he describes climbing two mountains – one of which he found to be unsatisfying, and the other turned out to be the best day of his life. I’d like to use this video to teach you some useful vocabulary, as well as to practice your listening skills, and also take...

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Straw No More, by Molly Steer
Oct07

Straw No More, by Molly Steer

A few days ago I posted an article to help you with your IELTS listening section 4 preparation. In it, I linked a YouTube video that contains a practice listening passage you can use to prepare. Today I’ll be doing something similar… In the IELTS listening section 4 you will hear a person giving a talk on a topic. This is usually a presentation or lecture in an academic context (such as school or university)....

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Why you should define your fears instead of your goals
Aug31

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

Today we are going to look at an interesting TED talk by a popular American author called Tim Ferriss. In his speech, he talks about a radical idea: defining our fears instead of our goals. He explains that humans are often afraid of failing, and so it is useful to think about failure so that we understand it is not so bad. Watch First, watch the TED talk. As always, don’t worry too much about understanding everything. Just try...

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How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed
Jul24

How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed

They say that stress is a killer. It’s true – being stressed is so bad for your health that it could actually cause you to die!!! But don’t worry. Don’t we’re not talking about dying from stress. We’re talking about doing badly in exams because of stress. This TED Talk is called How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed, and it’s by Daniel Levitin. Enjoy. Watch the Video  ...

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