Easy ESL Games Adult Resource #005 – Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car – TED

Easy ESL Games Adult Resource 005 - Google's driverless car

Ted Talks are a great lesson idea for adult learners. ESL lessons aren’t always about games but they should always be interesting.

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.



  1. I teach TED.com lessons by asking topic related advanced level  introductory questions to get the conversation started. E.x. "What inventions can you think of that changed the world?"  "What invention could you not live without?" etc.
  2. After that, I play the the talk once and ask the  students to listen and tell me what they heard.  
  3. Then, I let them watch the TED talk and ask them to tell me any addition information they gathered.
  4. Next, I hand out the fill-in-the-blanks .pdf file and ask the class to follow along with the talk.
  5. Then, the entire class takes turns reading the TED talk PDF (provided below) and we discuss any English vocabulary or comprehension issues.
  6. Finally, the class breaks into pairs and works on the questions provided in the PDF (provided below).  It’s important to switch partners frequently.