IATEFL – Anatomy of an iceberg: the hidden power of TED talks

IATEFL – Anatomy of an iceberg: the hidden power of TED talks

Nowadays English teachers have a lot of opportunities to empower their learners with skills that are necessary for communicating and acting as mindful citizens in the world. In this respect, TED talks can serve as a perfect tool to promote English learners’ awareness of global issues. But how to use TED talks in the classroom effectively? The speaker of the talk at IATEFL -- Lewis Lansford, introduces examples from the program and gives tips on how to apply them  in the learning procedure. 

Who is Lewis Lansford?

He is an award-winning coursebook writer, materials developer and teacher trainer. Lewis is also a co-author of two coursebook series featuring TED Talks for National Geographic Learning: Perspectives (upper secondary) and Keynote (young adult and adult). 

Why is watching TED talks so significant?

TED talks, being an open forum for big ideas, have lately become a motivating source for English learners. Many ESL teachers