EFL/ESL lesson plans: TED English

General English course plans - Upper Intermediate - Advanced

This evolving course plan consists of a series of EFL/ESL worksheets based on TED talks. In each lesson, students watch a talk, which can be played online via the lesson summary page or downloaded as a video file. Each worksheet includes several key vocabulary exercises followed by a discussion on the subject of the talk.

The theme of this lesson is education and the global ‘obsession’ with learning English. Students watch Jay Walker explaining why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. Vocabulary related to manias and obsessions is introduced. After watching the video, students learn a number of terms for describing the British and American education systems and talk about their own countries’ education systems as well as discuss the lesson topic. The worksheet key includes instructions for playing and pausing the video as well as selecting subtitles.

The theme of this lesson is setting and achieving goals. Students watch Matt Cutts of Google talk about setting himself 30-day challenges. Vocabulary for describing challenges is studied. Students discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.

The theme of this lesson is comedy and robotics. Students watch Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot Labs giving a talk and demonstration of how a robot can be used to perform stand-up comedy. After watching the video, students study a variety of adjectives for describing different types of humour, comment on the robot’s performance and discuss humour-related topics. The worksheet key includes instructions for playing and pausing the video as well as selecting subtitles.

In this lesson, students watch Kevin Allocca, the trends manager at YouTube, talk about how and why online videos go viral. Phrasal verbs and other words/expressions used in the talk are studied and practised. Students discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.

In this lesson, students watch Derek Sivers talk about the importance of keeping silent about one’s personal goals. Expressions for describing different degrees of accomplishment are studied. Students discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.

In this lesson, students learn some common verbs for describing how to physically interact with iPads, iPhones and other touchscreen devices. The lesson is based on a video demonstration of new type of interactive e-book developed for the iPhone and iPad. Students watch the demonstration and complete the vocabulary exercises. The topic of interactive e-books is discussed at the end of the lesson. Students also have the opportunity to talk about global warming issues, which is the subject of the book ‘Our Choice’ by Al Gore presented in the video clip.

This lesson should be of particular interest to students who regularly use touchscreen devices. Additional video files are provided to demonstrate a few of the multi-touch gestures presented in Exercise 2 (source: Wikipedia).

In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they’re 10 years old. But does dieting really work? In this lesson plan, students watch neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt talk about how our brains manage our body weight and why dieting doesn’t usually work. The lesson warms up with a vocabulary exercise on words related to eating problems. After watching the talk, there is an exercise on phrasal verbs and in the grammar section, students review conditional structures. The lesson rounds off with a discussion on the topic. To access or download the video, copy and paste this link into your browser:
http://video.ted.com/talk/podcast/2013G/None/SandraAamodt_2013G.mp4

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Intermediate

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Intermediate

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Company and job

This lesson teaches students useful vocabulary for talking about their company and job. Learners study expressions for describing a company’s history, location, size, market position, financial results and strategy. Students listen to or watch an animated video of three co-workers talking about their work. They learn how to talk about their job responsibilities and what they like/dislike about their work. This worksheet is particularly suitable for the first or second lesson of a business English course.


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