Alireza Yazdian Alireza Yazdian

TED talk
Intermediate level


The lesson revolves around the receptive skill of listening. Students watch a TED talk called "Why work doesn't happen at work!". They then discuss how this video has changed their views on management.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in the same context
  • To provide gist listening practice in the context of management and meetings at workpalce

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review, clarification and practice some useful voccabulary


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I start the lesson by writing a question on the board: "Why do you think office can be a good place to work as an employee?"

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

To prepare students for the text, I ask them a number of questions. We can discuss the same questions after watching the talk to see how it has changed their opinions on the topic. 1. What is the role of a manager in an office? 2. How important is it to have meetings on a regular basis? 3. How can we make the office a better place to work? 4. What distractions are there in an office? What about home? Which ones are more disruptive?

While-Reading/Listening #1 (15-20 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

I display the talk and we watch it together in order to find the answers to the same questions I asked in the previous stage.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (15-20 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

I give a hand-out with some sentences from the talk written on it. Students watch a part of the video again and fill in the blanks. We discuss any new vocabulary in if needed.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

In the end, we can hold a discussion to see whether or not this talk has changed their views on management and how. As homework students can write a short essay summarizing the talk and giving some further suggestions to make the office a better place to work.

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