Easy ESL Games Adult Resource #007 – Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your dreams – TED

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

All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.



  1. 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.  
  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.