Easy ESL Games Adult Resource #002 – Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time – TED

Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time TED

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

A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much.



  1. I teach TED.com lessons by asking topic related advanced level  introductory questions to get the conversation started. E.x. "what is a tradition"  "Does your family have any traditions?" 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.