You’ve probably heard of Ted Talks, the media organisation that posts short powerful talks online under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”.
Ted Talks can be a good way to practice and improve your English at home. With an emphasis on informing, they cover a wide range of subjects including science, business, education and global issues. Stimulating and short (18 minutes or less), they can help you improve different aspects of your language.
With hundreds of videos to choose from, presented by speakers from many different nationalities, Ted Talks can help you improve more than just your listening skills. They can also help you with pronunciation, vocabulary and even writing – every Ted Talk has a “comments” section where you can engage in a written debate about the subject under discussion. The videos also have a transcripts function to allow you to read the scripts if you need extra help.
Here are six Ted Talks which we’ve found very successful in our English classes:
Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives.
Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food.
Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the internet.
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
Neil Harbisson: I listen to color.
John McWhorter: Txting is killing language. JK!!!