How to plan an ESL lesson around a TED talk


If you’re an ESL teacher, then you’ve probably used TED talks in class once or twice before. Whether to provide variety, or simply to practice listening skills with authentic materials, these videos are great resources with endless teaching potential. Though there are plenty of ready-to-use, TED talk oriented lesson plans available online, sometimes you just want to cater to your students’ specific interests and language level and prepare one yourself. If that’s the case, here are five tips to help you create interesting, tailor-made lesson plans based on TED talks – or any other online video, for that matter.

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