TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. Ideas free to stream and download.
TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED is a non-profit organization committed to building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers, who present their “ideas worth spreading” via more than 2,000 TED Talks accessible via their website. TED also engages a global community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. TED welcomes people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.
Keynote TED talks
The National Geographic has published a series of books called “Keynote TED Talks”. The books are set at levels Elementary to Proficient and provide an English language course aimed at professionals etc.
The books feature some remarkable people communicating passionately and persuasively, the Keynote books provide the ELT classroom with inspiring ideas and an unparalleled source of authentic language input. Keynote invites students to explore these life-changing stories and develop a deeper understanding of our world.
Underpinned by a carefully designed language syllabus, Keynote enables students to express themselves powerfully and proficiently in English – in their professional and personal lives.
- Twelve TED Talks at each level provide a springboard for students to develop their authentic listening, critical thinking and presentation skills.
- Clear communicative aims of each lesson are linked to 21st-century outcomes and encourage students to respond to ideas and find their own voice.
- Language is presented using real-world input, including infographics, varied text types and profiles of exciting innovators, companies and organizations making a difference.