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 mentions a vocabulary PPT, please see the second embedded document below.


I found it very helpful to pre-teach the vocabulary contained in this PPT. Even just a short introduction was helpful, particularly when I drew the students’ attention to the “diffusion” slide. By doing this, I helped them follow the video easily and ensured a colorful debate afterward.

Author: David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' and the founder/editor of Beatdom literary journal. He lives and works in rural China, and loves to travel. His other IELTS website is called IELTS Teaching.

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