teaching professional people english
You’ll be pleased to know that while I was rooting around in TED I found some stuff you could actually use at work. (The piece on philosophy in prison may have been pretty awesome, but even after lessons with me, none of my students would be quite able to keep up with it!) I therefore offer the gem which follows for your viewing pleasure and the inspiring of many fascinating conversations in class …
The really great thing about TED for teaching is that it has transcripts and subtitles which students can switch on and off at will. There is a huge variety of languages available, the English version being what we’re after ….. and in case you’re wondering, the subtitles are proper ones, unlike the hilarious offerings on U-tube which take us back to the BBC coverage of Charles and Di’s wedding …. The menu is at the bottom of the video picture beside the volume control. The transcript menu is under the video to the right …. on TED directly – click here.
As well as discussing all the wierd and wonderful projects you and your class could engage in personally for thirty days, you could always get out your rogues gallery (see previous post here) and speculate about what sort of projects your anonymous ‘rogues’ might go in for. Or think about figures in the public gaze – politicians, celebrities.. – and come up with some ideas for them. We are on the cusp of the summer break, after all.