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TED Talk listenings with PPTs & adapted video

Hi Everyone,

We've been trying to make our listenings more authentic and represent what the students do on university courses. So, we've created lessons around TED Talks using PPT.

Powerpoint slides: The idea is that the students are given the PPT before they listen and add notes to it while listening. This is then followed with a listening worksheet.

Adapted Video: Some TED Talks do not have PPT slides in the lecture, so we have created a powerpoint and video (without the speaker) to accompany the lecture.

Feedback from students is generally very positive due to the fact that they can see they are practising a key skill they need for university.

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FREE LESSON: We have included a free sample in this newsletter.
All the best,

Newsletter #44

TED Talks Powerpoint & Adapted Video Sample

TED Talk: Two reasons why companies fail
Two reasons business 1AEUK
Free worksheet download: here
Two reasons business 2 AEUK
Adapted Powerpoint: Here
Two reason why business fail video AEUK
Adapted video Link:


Print off 3 slides per page
TED Talks PPTs x 3 AEUK


1) Students listen twice and take notes on slides.
2) Give out TED Test worksheet - students have 25 minutes to answer questions using their PPT slide notes.
3) Teacher goes through answers.
4) Students listen again to identify questions they didn't answer or were incorrect [homework?]

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