Architecture That’s Built to Heal
May09

Architecture That’s Built to Heal

Today’s TED talk is located at the junction between architecture and society. It is a question of race and building. Could the design of a building help heal racial wounds that go back centuries? Michael Murphy thinks so. In his 2016 lecture, he tells a fascinating story of how working on a house helped save his father’s life, and how that led Michael to a career in architecture that has made a profound difference on lives...

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Sample Answer for Recent IELTS Writing Task 2 Question
May04

Sample Answer for Recent IELTS Writing Task 2 Question

A few months ago, this question was given in the IELTS writing task 2 exam: Some people think it is more beneficial to play sports that are played in teams, e.g. football. However, others think it is more beneficial individual sports, e.g. tennis and swimming. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Today, I will give you my sample answer for this recent IELTS writing task 2 question, and make a few suggestions on how you can...

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30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge
Apr11

30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge

I have some exciting news. Next month, I’m going to start the 30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge – a completely new feature from TED-IELTS. It is a totally FREE program for IELTS learners who want to improve their scores quickly. Think of it as as sort of boot camp: It will be the fastest, best way to get your IELTS score up towards a band 8. I will be your personal drill instructor, and I will take you up to a higher...

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A Difficult Flow Chart – Sample Answer
Apr05

A Difficult Flow Chart – Sample Answer

Process diagrams for IELTS writing task 1 can be difficult. Sometimes you look at the diagram and become overwhelmed by information. There can be so many parts that it is hard to see how they all fit together. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make it easier to understand and write about process diagrams. Today we’re going to look at one that is related to the IELTS topic of environment. This is a really common...

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Activism Needs Introverts
Mar31

Activism Needs Introverts

Today’s TED video lesson is about activism and personality. Many people think that if you want to change the world, you need to be outgoing – in other words, an extrovert. But is that really true? Isn’t it possible that the world could be changed by introverts? In this TED video, Sarah Corbett argues just that point. The Video   Vocabulary Activism /ˈaktɪvɪz(ə)m/ – noun – the...

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