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. He has worked as an IELTS tutor since 2010, has completed both TEFL and CELTA courses, and has a certificate from Cambridge for Teaching Writing. In 2018, he wrote the popular IELTS handbook, Grammar for IELTS Writing. His other IELTS website is called IELTS Teaching.

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