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10 NEW TED Talks Listening Worksheets

10 new TED Talks listening worksheets based on recent TED Talks. The worksheets are a range of comprehension questions designed to help students develop lecture and note-taking listening skills. The listenings range in length from 10 – 15 minutes. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. All topics chosen are interesting, highly-motivating and challenging.

TED Talks Worksheets / Lessons

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Brexit

 

 Why Brexit happened and what to do next – Alexander Betts [new 2022]  

TED TALK: This lecture discusses the reasons why Brexit happened and how the UK can move forward post Brexit. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. Example.  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [17:15] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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China’s Air Pollution

 

 How China is (and isn’t) fighting air pollutionAngel Hsu [new 2022]  

TED TALK: The lecture discusses the issue of air pollution in China. The speaker talks about fine particulate pollution, actions of the Chinese citizens to raise awareness of the issue and the Chinese government’s measures to help combat the issue. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. Example.  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [12:09]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Climate Change

 

 How we could change the planet’s climate future David Wallace [new 2022]  

TED TALK: The lecture discusses the causes of climate change,  effects of climate change especially on cities in South Asia and the Middle East and the solutions to prevent the climate from getting warmer. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [11:12] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Government Deficit

 

 The big myth of government deficits Stephanie Kelton [new 2022]  

TED TALK: The lecture discusses how government debt can be seen viewed positively. The speaker makes the case to stop looking at government spending as a path towards frightening piles of debt, but rather as a financial contribution to the things that matter. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. ExampleLevel: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [13:51] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Higher Education

 

 Three ways to lower the barriers to higher education Adrian K. Haugabrook [new 2022]  

TED TALK: The lecture discusses how less than 7% of people worldwide have a bachelor’s degree. The speaker introduces an innovative approach to expanding access to higher education by driving down costs and rethinking three key things.The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [13:11] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Internet Inequality 

 

 Why a free and fair internet is more vital than ever  Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa  [new 2022]  

TED TALK: A short lecture on digital discrimination. The speaker calls for collective access to the opportunities and potential the internet provides, underscoring the necessity of free and fair digital rights for all. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key.  Example. Webpage link. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [09:23]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Investing in People

 

 What makes a job good and the case for investing in people – Warren Valdmanis [new 2022]  

TED TALK: The lecture discusses how businesses need to stop cutting labor costs and start investing in people. The speaker breaks down the essential ingredients of a “good” job and shares why they’re key to building great companies.The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [11:11] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Obesity

 

 Obesity: the modern famine  Kathy Campbell [new 2022]  

TED TALK: A short lecture on obesity. The lecturer talks about who is obese, why they are obese and why culture is the foundation of a healthy life. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [13:39] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Plant-based Diets

 

The power of plant-based eating  Dr. Joanne Kong [new 2022]  

TED TALK: A short lecture on the power of plant-based eating. The speaker talks about the benefits of eating plant-based, the issue of consuming meat to the economy and the unethical side of meat production. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key. ExampleLevel: ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [14:54] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Tax Evasion

 

Tax avoidance: a necessary evil by Alexandre Stylianoudis  [new 2022]

TED Talk: In this short (12 minute) lecture, the speaker explains how MNCs use the ‘double Irish Dutch sandwich’ to significantly reduce their tax liabilities. He also explains why many corporations have left their home countries and have set up in London instead. The listening test consists of ten comprehension questions, six critical thinking questions and an answer key. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [12.27] / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Wind Energy

 How wind energy could power the Earth… 18 times over   Dan Jørgensen  [new 2022]  

TED TALK: A short lecture on how the wind power industry has grown exponentially. The speaker, Denmark’s climate minister Dan Jørgensen, lays out his plan to end the country’s oil industry by 2050 and transition to a fossil-free future powered by wind energyThe lesson includes teacher’s notes, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions and an answer key.  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [09:23] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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