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]  / MEMBERSHIP 

 

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

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 envrionmental destruction. ‘Terraculture’ is a possible solution. Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [17:46]  / MEMBERSHIP 

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 

 

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 

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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 

 

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

 

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 

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 

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] /  PPT  / MEMBERSHIP

 

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Procrastination: Inside the mind of a master procrastination – Tim 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] / Power Point /  Video [14.00]   / MEMBERSHIP 

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Well-structured talks on three or four key points. A range of questions mainly information tables and summaries.

Test Questions

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A variety of question types ( T, F, NG / matching ideas / open questions / gap fills / information tables / summaries)

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