TED Should Be Your Friend

TED.com is one of my absolute favorite Web sites. You can watch fascinating speeches about science, entertainment, business, culture, arts, and anything else under the sun. The speeches are often funny or touching, and they are always informative and thought-provoking. Many of the speeches I’ve watched have been between 15 and 20 minutes.

Advanced listening or speaking classes first come to mind when I think of TED, but really an activity for any class could be designed around a speech from this site. If nothing else, you should tell your students about it. They’ll be able to find topics that interest them and watch the videos at their own pace, rewinding as necessary.

About Kendra Johnson

Kendra Johnson
Kendra is pursuing her master's degree in TESOL at the University of Central Florida. She brings to teaching 10 years of experience as a reporter, writer, and editor for local newspapers. Just two years ago, she had never taught in a classroom, but she is slowly building her professional muscle in the field of education. She has worked as an instructor for an intensive English program and as a discussion group leader for a community English class. She has also tutored students preparing for the SPEAK exam. Through personal experience and picking the brains of veteran teachers, Kendra is filling her own bag of TESOL tricks. She'll share what she's learning and hopes you'll join the conversation.
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3 Responses to TED Should Be Your Friend

  1. lea dongling says:


  2. ZuzanaCipak says:

    I also have to agree with you! TED has helped me make my classes interesting, and there is the possibility of developing materials based on certain talks. Personally, I am not into natural sciences, but it has happened to me that a course required a more cross-curricular approach to language teaching. In these cases I would prepare talks -related to science- and, while I was learning something new myself, I managed to draw my students’ attention to the subject area in a refreshing way. I can only recommend TED.com.

  3. Lydia Kuniholm Lydia Kuniholm says:

    You’re preaching to the converted on this one! TED Talks (and their local affiliates like TEDx Doha) have been my favorite since I started working in Jeddah. I used the speeches in an advanced speaking class. In addition, it’s extremely easy to embed their videos into a WordPress blog. I recently used the site in an advanced writing class when the topic was the argumentative essay. Personally I find the speakers and topics inspirational. Thanks for highlighting this worthy website!

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