Three Secrets to Help You Engage Your Students Using TED Talks

I personally love using TED talks and videos in class with my students. Above all, for me:

  • they can be great examples of authentic English as a Lingua Franca language use in action
  • they help bring in examples of successful users of English, many of whom are ‘non-native speakers’ (just like our students)
  • they allow us to showcase the incredible variety of the English language.

But, above all, videos – and TED talks in particular – are ENGAGING.

They feature fascinating speakers with fascinating ideas presented in a captivating manner.

So I was really excited when Lewis Lansford, an award-winning author specialising in the use of TED talks for teaching English, shared with me the first video from his upcoming course How to Teach With TED Talks, launching at the beginning of May.

And I had to share it with you 🙂

You will learn the 3 secrets why video will help you engage your students.

The video is the first lecture from Module 1 of Lewis Lansford’s course “How to Teach With TED”, in which you learn how to choose the perfect talk for your students. In this particular video, you will learn:

  • why video is able to convey a huge amount of information quickly
  • how video compares to reading as a source of classroom input
  • how it can help engage learners and help them remember new language.

So go ahead and watch it above.

The course “How to Teach With TED” will be launching at the beginning of May, but very soon we’ll make Module 1 available for FREE. If you want to be notified when we release it, head here and join the giveaway – we’re giving away 5 free access codes to the entire course!

What will you learn during the course? 

  • Module 1: How to choose a TED Talk that’s perfect for your students
  • Module 2: How to make the most of TED Talk visuals in the classroom 
  • Module 3: How to make the most of TED Talk audio in the classroom
  • Module 4: How to use L2 English in TED Talks as great speaking models for your students
  • Module 5: Bringing it all together

Check out the course here and join the giveaway to win FREE access.

PS Do you use TED talks with your students? What do you like and dislike most about them? What are your biggest challenges when it comes to using them? Have you got any tips for other teachers?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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