TED Talks- Comprehension Questions

Mid to high level listening worksheets on a variety of interesting topics. The worksheets ask questions on main ideas and supporting details / examples. These TED Talks sheets are a good way to practice and improve listening.

The Great Firewall of China – Michael Anti

TED TALK: How the central government controls the internet and how a number of micro-bloggers are finding ways around this control. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [18:51]

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Business Topics

 

What happens inside massive warehouses – Mick Mountz

TED Talk: The automation of warehouse picking and packing systems and how robots have increased productivity and efficiency. . Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [12:06]  / MEMBERSHIP 

Environmental Topics

 

10 ways the world could end – Stephan Petranek

TED TALK: A discussion of ten probable disasters, with examples and possible solutions. A detailed talk from an established colonisation scientist. Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [29:42]  / MEMBERSHIP 

 

Navigating our global future – Ian Goldin

TED TALK: Discussing the future fragility of society and the environment. The speaker offers possible solutions for a more focused future. Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [07:06]  / MEMBERSHIP 

 

The other inconvenient truth – Jonathan Foley

TED TALK: World’s food demand has driven climate change, biodiversity problems and environmental destruction. ‘Terraculture’ is a possible solution. Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [17:46]  / MEMBERSHIP 

English Topics

 

Texting is killing language – John McWhorter

TED TALK: How texting on smart phones is changing the way we view language and how it is a process of linguistic evolution. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [13:48]  / MEMBERSHIP 

 

5 tips to improve critical thinking (new for 2020) Samantha Agoos

TED TALK: This lecture discusses briefly what is critical thinking and five key strategies to apply to improve critical thinking. It is a good listening as an introduction to criticality. Example.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [4:16]  / MEMBERSHIP 

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Social Topics

 

The Social Progress Index – Michael Green

TED TALK: GDP is out-dated and was invented in the 1930s. There is a need for a more effective measurement tool – The social Progress Index. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [14:56]  / MEMBERSHIP

 

The price of happiness – Benjamin Wallace

TED TALK: Analysis of 12 top luxury products from a hotel suite to nano-particle soap.  Concludes with a study from Stanford University. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [14:41]  / MEMBERSHIP 

 
 

Philosophy Topics

 

A  gentler philosophy of success – Alain de Botton

TED TALK: Society is too focused on careers, materialism & what others’ think. True success is to change our focus & examine our own philosophy of life.  Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [16:51]  / MEMBERSHIP

How to see past your own perspective and find truth – Michael Patrick Lynch

TED TALK: This lecture discusses how we have become all polarised in our shared values and need to apply three concepts to create a common reality of truth.  Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [14:19]  / MEMBERSHIP 

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Would you sacrifice one person to save five? (new) Eleanor Nelson

TED TALK: This lecture discusses an ethical dilemma called ‘The Trolley Problem’ devised by Philippa Foot (1967). It highlights why this type of ethical analysis is important in contemporary society. Example.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [4:35]  / MEMBERSHIP 

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Crime Topics

 

Domestic violence victims  – Leslie Morgan Steiner

TED TALK: The secrets of domestic violence, and the four key steps to domestic abuse. How to leave a relationship of domestic abuseLevel: ***** [/B2/C1]  /  Video [15:59]  / MEMBERSHIP

Technology Topics

 

Why videos go Viral – Kevin Alloca

TED TALK: You Tube trends manager discusses viral videos are connected to three important factors and how audience participation is important. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [07:21]  / MEMBERSHIP 

 

 How can A.I save humanity? – Kai Fu Lee,

TED TALK: This lecture discusses how China has embraced A.I technology and is accelerating its advancement. It focuses on the main challenges that we all face with an A.I future and how it will positively compliment our lives. ExampleLevel: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [14:42]  / MEMBERSHIP 

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Medicine Topics

 

Doctors and the drugs they prescribe  – Ben Goldacre

TED TALK: Corruption and bias in medical trials and academic institutions. A range of evidence on research misconduct and fake fixes.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [13:29]  / MEMBERSHIP  

Economy Topics

 TED TALK: The Circular Economy: A simple explanation by Cillian Lohan [New for 2020]

TED Talk: A short listening lecture on what is the circular economy, how humans are the stewards of the earth and have a responsibility to protect it and examples of how the circular economy works. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [13.13] MEMBERSHIP 

Reading Test: The Circular Economy [new for 2020]

The text provides an overview of both the linear and circular economy. It discusses the positive aspects of a circular economy and how economies can change to this new model.The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Circular Economy. Reading & Summary Writing Lesson [New for 2020]

The text provides an overview of both the linear and circular economy. It discusses the positive aspects of a circular economy and how economies can change to this new model. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

 

Taking trash talk to a whole new level (New) – Peter Harris

TED TALK: The lecturer discusses how road transport related emissions could be significantly reduced by using waste-derived methane as a fuel. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [09:55]  / MEMBERSHIP 

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English Topics

Don’t insist on English – Patricia Ryan

TED TALK: The globalisation of English and its testing systems can have negative affects on students from various backgrounds. Level: ***** [B1/B2/]  /  Video [10:35]  / MEMBERSHIP 

 

Don’t insist on English – Patricia Ryan

AEUK has created a Power Point for this talk: Download PPT. 

Authentic idea! Print off Power Point slides (3 slides per page) and add notes while you listen, then answer the question sheet. 

Team-building Topics

Build a tower, build a team – Tom Wujec 

TED TALK: This talks discusses how a team-building activity called the ‘Marshmallow Challenge’ helps develop team cohesion.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / Video [06:44] MEMBERSHIP

 

Build a tower, build a team – Tom Wujec 

AEUK has created a Power Point for this talk: Download PPT. 

Authentic idea! Print off Power Point slides (3 slides per page) and add notes while you listen, then answer the question sheet. 

 

Activity lesson: Team-building and the Marshmallow Challenge. Go here.

University Topic

Procrastination: Inside the mind of a master procrastinationTim Urban

TED TALK: A really funny talk on three characters that play an important part in the mind of a procrastinator. Includes comprehension questions and a PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  Video [14.00]   / MEMBERSHIP

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Procrastination: Inside the mind of a master procrastination – Tim Urban

AEUK has created a Power Point for this talk: Download PPT. 

Authentic idea! Print off PPT slides (3 slides per page) and add notes while you listen, then answer the question sheet. 

 

More lessons on Procrastination. Go here.

Business Topics

Why work doesn’t happen at work – Jason Fried

TED TALK: the problems with working in an office environment & highlights two main reasons and three possible improvement solutions. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [15:21] / MEMBERSHIP

 

Why work doesn’t happen at work – Jason Fried

AEUK has created a Power Point for this talk: Download PPT. and also created a video that connects to the PPT: Video.

Authentic idea! Print off PPT slides (3 slides per page) and add notes while you listen, then answer the question sheet. 

 

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