Ted Talks are a great lesson idea for adult learners. ESL lessons aren’t always about games but they should always be interesting.
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- I teach TED.com lessons by asking topic related advanced level introductory questions to get the conversation started. E.x. "What are your goals/dreams" "Can you name some obstacles that have made it harder for you to achieve your dreams?" etc.
- After that, I play the the talk once and ask the students to listen and tell me what they heard.
- Then, I let them watch the TED talk and ask them to tell me any addition information they gathered.
- Next, I hand out the fill-in-the-blanks .pdf file and ask the class to follow along with the talk.
- Then, the entire class takes turns reading the TED talk PDF (provided below) and we discuss any English vocabulary or comprehension issues.
- Finally, the class breaks into pairs and works on the questions provided in the PDF (provided below). It’s important to switch partners frequently.