By Kevin Fabris

February 8, 2014

45 Minutes - 1 Hour, Adult, Advanced, Complete Lesson, Discussion, EFL, ESL, Resource, TED, Vocabulary

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

In this talk, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

  1. I teach lessons by asking topic related advanced level  introductory questions to get the conversation started. E.x. "What is a movement?"  "Can you name any movements?" 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.

Watch more here:

May 31, 2020

This video is packed with a ton of

November 19, 2015

The majority of ESL games focus on one

September 7, 2016

Finding new and interesting ways to teach new

April 2, 2017

This is a really fun game that sure

December 26, 2015

In my experiences teaching English in Japan, Asking

September 3, 2016

Classroom games are often based games we all