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!
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 up. Join them together. (Answers can be found below)
|audacious||the use of something|
Next, let’s do a bit of practice speaking. Watch the video and focus on the main idea. Make notes on what you hear, but don’t worry too much about the details. For now, ignore numbers and names. Just focus on the key concepts.
After watching the video, discuss with a partner what it is about.
- What the man wants to do and why he wants to do it.
- Do you think he will be successful or not? Why?
Listen for Details
Now, let’s listen more closely. Listen and explain the significance of the numbers below by filling in the blanks:
|30 knots||the __________ at which his hydrofoil can travel|
|1000 years||_________ have a history that is this old|
|1827||George Pocock used kites for racing in _________|
|12 seconds||the length of time taken by the first ever ________|
|1970s||there was an _______ crisis|
|12 terawatts||humans can generate this much energy from _________________|
|above 300 feet||where the ________ of wind power is located|
|100 kilowatts||“Here we are _________ 100 kilowatts.”|
|747||can generate ___ megawatts|
|100,000||number of _________ being made there in 1945|
Here are some practice speaking questions that relate to the video. Try practicing these with a partner, or perhaps add your answer to the comment section below.
- What kinds of “clean” energy do you know?
- What do you think about wind power?
- What are some of the disadvantages of wind power?
- How would you feel if there were wind turbines in your hometown providing power to the community?
- Do you think humans will remain dependent upon fossil fuels in the future?
- In 2050, how will society provide power for our cities?
hit a target
pioneer the use of
Listening for Details
30 knots – speed
1000 years – kites
1827 – England
12 seconds – flight
1970s – energy
12 terawatts – fossil fuels
above 300 feet – majority
100 kilowatts – generating
747 – 6
100,000 – planes