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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

Course Plans

Provide a comprehensive course with our ¼ϲͶע worksheets. Each of our evolving course plans and worksheet series can be followed systematically or you can select lessons to use as supplementary material.

Video Talks

Level: Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This series of worksheets for advanced students is based on online video talks in English, given by expert speakers at conferences.

Business English
Lesson 1
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English mania

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is education and the global ‘obsession’ with learning English. Students watch Jay Walker explaining why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. Vocabulary related to manias and obsessions is introduced. After watching the video, students learn a number of terms for describing the British and American education systems and talk about their own countries’ education systems as well as discuss the lesson topic. The worksheet key includes instructions for playing and pausing the video as well as selecting subtitles.


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Lesson 2
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Challenges

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is setting and achieving goals. Students watch Matt Cutts of Google talk about setting himself 30-day challenges. Vocabulary for describing challenges is studied. Students discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.


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Robot comedy

Advanced (C1-C2)

The theme of this lesson is comedy and robotics. Students watch Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot Labs giving a talk and demonstration of how a robot can be used to perform stand-up comedy. After watching the video, students study a variety of adjectives for describing different types of humour, comment on the robot’s performance and discuss humour-related topics. The worksheet key includes instructions for playing and pausing the video as well as selecting subtitles.

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Lesson 4
Going viral

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch Kevin Allocca, the trends manager at YouTube, talk about how and why online videos go viral. Phrasal verbs and other words/expressions used in the talk are studied and practised. Students discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.


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Lesson 5
Silent ambition

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch Derek Sivers talk about the importance of keeping silent about one’s personal goals. Expressions for describing different degrees of accomplishment are studied. Students discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.


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Lesson 6
The future of reading

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students learn some common verbs for describing how to physically interact with iPads, iPhones and other touchscreen devices. The lesson is based on a video demonstration of a new type of interactive e-book developed for the iPhone and iPad. Students watch the demonstration and complete the vocabulary exercises. The topic of interactive e-books is discussed at the end of the lesson. Students also have the opportunity to talk about global warming issues, which is the subject of the book ‘Our Choice’ by Al Gore presented in the video clip.


This lesson should be of particular interest to students who regularly use touchscreen devices. Additional video files are provided to demonstrate a few of the multi-touch gestures presented in Exercise 2 (source: Wikipedia).


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Lesson 7
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Diet obsession

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they’re 10 years old. But does dieting really work? In this lesson plan, students watch neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt talk about how our brains manage our body weight and why dieting doesn’t usually work. The lesson warms up with a vocabulary exercise on words related to eating problems. After watching the talk, there is an exercise on phrasal verbs and in the grammar section, students review conditional structures. The lesson rounds off with a discussion on the topic.


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Lesson 8
Misdirection

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch a talk by Apollo Robbins, the 'world's greatest pickpocket'. The lesson plan includes vocabulary and discussion activities.


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Lesson 9
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The life cycle of a cup of coffee

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson focuses on a video entitled: The life cycle of a cup of coffee which looks at the process of growing coffee and how it reaches customers. Exercises look at how to identify and use the passive voice, related vocabulary and different word forms, and comprehension. Students are given the option of researching and writing about a process of their choice.

by Joe Wilson


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Lesson 10
Half a million secrets

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch a talk by Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret.com. The lesson includes vocabulary development and discussion activities. There's an audio file which can be played instead of the video. Cultural sensitivity note: please watch the video first and decide if it is appropriate for your students.


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Lesson 11
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How to sleep

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is how we sleep. Students watch Jessa Gamble talk about our natural sleep cycles. The worksheet includes several vocabulary and comprehension exercises, and there is a discussion activity at the end.


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Lesson 12
Unintended consequences

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch Jon Gosier talk about how new technology can make things actually worse for some people. The lesson plan focuses on vocabulary development and speaking.


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Lesson 13
Saving the rainforest

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch Topher White talk about how a simple, low-cost technological solution involving a used cell phone (mobile) can help prevent the illegal destruction of rainforests. The lesson plan focuses on vocabulary development and speaking.


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Lesson 14
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Tech tips

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch David Pogue present his ten top time-saving technology tips. The worksheet is designed to help advanced students talk about using modern electronic devices in a more natural way.


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Lesson 15
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Privacy

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch Christopher Soghoian, a privacy activist, talk about government wiretapping and how to avoid surveillance in the modern world. The worksheet presents vocabulary related to communication security and provides opportunities for students to discuss the lesson topic.


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Lesson 16
Printing clothes

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch Danit Peleg, a fashion designer, talk about how she uses 3D printers to print her own clothes. The worksheet presents vocabulary related to fashion design and provides opportunities for students to discuss the lesson topic.


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Apartments

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch architect Moshe Safdie talk about how his projects reinvent the apartment building to create a natural, more suburban environment. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary, comprehension and speaking.


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The Panama Papers

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch Robert Palmer of the anti-corruption group Global Witness talk about the Panama Papers scandal. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary and discussion.


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Lesson 19
Brain control

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch neuroscientist Greg Gage talk about and demonstrate how to take away someone's free will using simple DIY equipment. The lesson includes a grammar activity on the two forms of the continuous infinitive.


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Lesson 20
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The future of work

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch business CEO Anthony Goldbloom, who is also a machine learning expert, talk about how robots might affect our jobs in the future.


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Lesson 21
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How to listen

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch a talk by a sound expert about how people can listen better. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary, watching/listening and speaking.


GRAPHIC CONTENT ADVISORY: The TED Conferences LLC video may contain graphic imagery not appropriate for all audiences. Please use discretion to determine if this is suitable for your students.


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Lesson 22
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Playful inventions

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch a talk about how inventions often happen as a result of people playing and experimenting. Worksheet activities focus on listening and speaking, adverbs and key vocabulary from the talk.


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Lesson 23
A slice of Pi

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-based lesson explores the mathematical concept of pi. Students develop both general and mathematical vocabulary and watch a short animated video to practise listening skills. The lesson concludes with a discussion about pi and the importance of mathematics. This lesson plan does not require any specialist knowledge, so even students who lack confidence in this area should be able to access the content. There is also an optional extension activity related to some useful phrases from the video.

by Stephanie Hirschman


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Lesson 24
The power of smiling

Advanced (C1-C2)

In this lesson, students watch health expert Ron Gutman talk about the benefits of smiling. The worksheet activities focus on listening and understanding, plus key vocabulary and verbs. There are also opportunities for students to discuss the talk.


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Lesson 25
Evolution

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students watch scientist Prosanta Chakrabarty talk about how we need to question what we have been taught about evolution. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary, comprehension and speaking.


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Lesson 26
Go for a walk to get creative

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students watch a behavioural scientist talk about how going for a walk is the best way to stimulate creativity. Activities in the lesson plan cover key words, phrases, and understanding the text. Students also do a creative task from the video and discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.


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Lesson 27
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The death of the universe

Advanced (C1-C2)

Students watch an animated presentation on how the universe may end, according to three simplified scenarios explored by cosmologists. The worksheet activities focus on comprehension, vocabulary (verbs of motion and phrasal verbs) and speaking.


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