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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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]

Why work doesn't happen at work - Jason Fried

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

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]

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]

The other inconvenient truth - Jonathan Foley

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

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]

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]

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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]

The price of happiness - Benjamin Wallace

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

A  gentler philosophy of success - Alain de Botton

TED TALK: Modern society is  focused on careers, materialism & what other people think. True success is to change our focus & examine our own philosophy of life.  Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [16:51]

Domestic violence victims  - Leslie Morgan Steiner

TED TALK: The secrets of domestic violence, four key step to domestic abuse, why the victim doesn't leave and how to leave from being physically abused.  Level: ***** [/B2/C1]  /  Video [15:59]

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]

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]

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