Academic English Mini Lectures

These are a range of mini lecture listenings and worksheets. Each listening is about 3-4 minutes long and includes video/mp3, PPT slides, question sheet, transcript & answer key. These are listening note-taking exercises using PPT slides and then answering a range of questions to check understanding (T/F/NG, open answer questions, table completion and multiple choice). 

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Cruises Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 4-minute lecture focuses on the largest cruise ship in the world ‘The Symphony of the Seas’. The lecturer provides facts and figures about the ship and illustrates the true cost of the ticket with many of the hidden costs. It finishes with a summary about the popularity of cruising. The listening test worksheet includes: table completion / summary gap fill / vocabulary. Worksheet Example  Webpage Link Time: 60 minutes.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.15] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 1: cruises

 

Cruises Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 4-minute lecture focuses on the largest cruise ship in the world ‘The Symphony of the Seas’. The lecturer provides facts and figures about the ship and illustrates the true cost of the ticket with many of the hidden costs. It finishes with a summary about the popularity of cruising. The listening test worksheet includes: table completion / summary gap fill / vocabulary. Worksheet Example Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.15] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 2: charities

 

Charities Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 3.35-minute lecture focuses on Europe’s biggest conservation charity ‘The National Trust’. The lecturer provides information on how it started, the property and land that they own and the cost of conservation. He then discusses the National Trust’s annual income using their 2019/2020 annual report and highlights the diverse range of employment within the organisation. Worksheet Example Time: 60 minutes.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.35] MP3 / /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 3: electric cars

 

Electric Cars Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 4-minute lecture focuses on the recent facts and figures connected to the growth of electric car market. The lecturer compares the top two most popular models of EV in the UK at the moment. He then asks the question on whether the UK is ready for the electric car revolution and what needs to be done to meet this goal. Worksheet Example  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.12] MP3 / /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 4: single use plastics

 

Single Use Plastics Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 4-minute lecture focuses on the recent facts and figures connected to single use micro plastic pollution. The lecturer presents bioplastic as a possible alternative and analyses the company Vegware: plant-based compostable plastics. He discusses the process of creating bioplastic through the use of corn starch – polylactic acid. He questions whether bioplastic is a valid environmental alternative for SUPs and concludes by suggesting other measures that would be more successful. Worksheet Example Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.00] MP3 / /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 5: biohacking

 

Biohacking Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 3:40 minute lecture starts by defining cybernetic organisms and gives some examples of restorative medical procedures that are currently being offered. It then provides information about enhanced procedures that will be available in the near future. It finishes with a discussion about the ethical issues of cybernetic organisms.Worksheet Example  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.40] MP3 / /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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                              Lessons: Cruise Industry, Charities, Electric Cars, Single Use Plastics, Biohacking

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Mini Lecture 6: COVID-19

 

COVID 19 Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 4-minute lecture starts with an introduction to COVID-19 and its possible origins. The lecturer provides a basic description of how COVID-19 infects the body by preventing the interferons from recognizing it is a danger. He then discusses how the virus mutates and provides two examples of a UK and South African variant. The lecture also highlights how the virus spreads and its longevity in the air and on surface. The listening test includes: open questions, table completion and summary gap fill. Worksheet Example  Webpage Link Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.24] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini lecture 7: zero waste

 

Zero Waste Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 3.23-minute lecture discusses the issue with waste and explains what zero waste shops are and why people have set them up. It illustrates the benefits of zero waste shops and also explains the criticisms. It finishes with a range of questions that the lecturer proposes and attempts to answer about zero waste shops. The listening test includes: open questions & gap fill exercises. Worksheet Example  Time: 60 minutes.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.23] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 8: fast fashion

 

Fast Fashion Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 4.35-minute lecture discusses what fast fashion is and its purpose. It focuses on three serious environment impacts caused by the fast fashion industry. 1) materials 2) manufacturing 3) waste. The lecture provides examples and data to support the claims. It finishes by suggesting that we (the consumers) are the problem and we should support companies that follow a circular economic model.The listening test includes: open questions & gap fill exercises. Worksheet Example  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.35] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 9: fintech

 

Fintech Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 4-minute lecture explains what Fintech is and illustrates some the Fintech services, paying particular attention to payment systems. It compares two of the biggest payment services: PayPal and Stripe in terms of finances, users and security. It finishes with deciding which one is a better system. The listening test includes: gap fill exercises, open questions and multiple choiceWorksheet Example Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.05] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 10: mental health

 

Mental Health (mindfulness) Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

The 3.52-minute lecture starts by providing some important statistics connected to mental health: number of people affected, causes, demographics and economic costs. It then defines MBCT, mindfulness and cognitive based therapy and explains how they work. It finishes by looking at briefly at the success rates of this treatment. The listening test includes: gap fill exercises, open questions and multiple choiceWorksheet Example  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.52] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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                              Lessons: COVID-19, Zero waste, Fast fashion, Fintech, Mental health

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Mini Lecture 11: automation

 

Automation Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

This short lecture defines chatbots, discusses the industries that use chatbots and explains how chatbots work. It looks at the reasons why people prefer engaging with chatbots, the growth of the chatbot industry and identifies an untapped area where growth in the use of chatbots is possible. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example /  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.18] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 12: big data

 

Big Data Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

This short lecture defines big data, illustrates how it influences the business world and explains the importance of data protection. It introduces laws, guides and tools to help protect our private information, and it puts forward measures that could be implemented further to protect everyone’s data. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example /  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.41] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini lecture 13: business model innovation

 

Business Model Innovation Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

This short lecture compares Blockbuster and Netflix. It starts by looking at Blockbuster and talks about its product, how it expanded, its revenue and then its downfall. It then introduces Netflix and explains how it started, its pricing model, its business strategy and its global success. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example / Time: 60 minutes.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.40] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 14: cryptocurrencies

 

Cryptocurrencies Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

This short lecture defines bitcoin, talks about the success of bitcoin and explains how bitcoin works. It looks at the different perspectives from financial institutions, its market volatility and potential risks. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example / Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.25] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 15: cybercrime

 

Cybercrime Mini Lecture by Academic English UK

This short lecture defines cybersecurity, it looks at how we can protect ourselves from a cyberattack, it explains who is most responsible for cyberattacks in business, it puts forward the security measures companies can take and it provides data that indicates how cybersecurity is a booming industry. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example / Time: 60 minutes.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.40] MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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                             Lessons: Automation, Big Data, Business Innovation, Cryptocurrencies & Cybercrime.

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Mini Lecture 16: geometry

 

Geometry Mini Lecture (new 2023)

This short lecture discusses the purpose of a bridge, it introduces the use of triangles in bridge design, it puts forward the reasons why triangles are used in bridge design and illustrates some examples of some famous bridges. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example  Time: 60 minutes.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.13] MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 17: High Speed Rail 2 (HS2)

 

High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) Mini Lecture (new 2023)

This short lecture discusses problems that HS2 has faced since 2009. The key issues discussed include the environmental impact, the cost and the axing of the eastern leg. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example.  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.23] MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 18: peer-to-peer lending

 

Peer-to-peer Lending Mini Lecture (new 2023)

This short lecture discusses the origins of crowdfunding and explains the different types of crowfunding: reward-based, equity-based and donation-based. It then focuses on how crowdfunding has changed the financial landscape of borrowing money. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example.  Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.57] MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 19: Space X

 

Space X Mini Lecture (new 2023)

This short lecture discusses SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk’s mission to have a human presence on Mars. It explains how this will become a possibility through using reusable rocket ships and fuel-efficient engines. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example. Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.39] MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Mini Lecture 20: sustainability 

 

Sustainability Mini Lecture (new 2023)

This short lecture discusses how and why businesses are changing from globalised supply chains to more localised manufacturing. It focuses on the positive aspects of ‘reshoring’ and the reduced impact of environmentally conscience business strategies. The listening test includes: open questions, multiple choice and gap fill tasks. Worksheet Example. Time: 60 minutes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.34] MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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                              Lessons: Geometry, HS2, Peer-to-peer Lending, SpaceX & Sustainability..

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