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For fluency–let TED Talks get you talking

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TED Talks are a popular resource to learn about ideas that may transform our world. They also provide a platform for developing English fluency, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, and more.  Let’s look at fluency, for example. Try this.

1. Watch a cool TED talk (one of the 6-minute talks if you’re in a hurry) at http://www.ted.com or with the Apple or Android TED app.

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2. Turn on the subtitles and watch a second time, and if you’re using the web browser version, click on any phrase to skip around the talk to parts that interest you the most.

3. Pause the video three times to ask a question. Yep. Just pretend the speaker can hear you. Ask out loud if you’re in a private space; imagine speaking your questions otherwise.  For each question, speak (or imagine speaking) a possible answer.

4. Tell a friend about the parts of the TED Talk that interested you. If there isn’t someone nearby who’d like to hear about it in English, pretend there is! Even without a real audience, speaking to an imagined audience will boost your fluency.

5. Add a comment here recommending TED Talks that others should check out. Thanks!

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Author: pamelash

Language teacher, mentor, learner. Specialize in English for Academic Purposes, pronunciation, fluency. Motivated by community-building and social justice.

One thought on “For fluency–let TED Talks get you talking

  1. TED talks have been a major source of inspiration for me. I never get bored watching them. My trainer at inlingua New Delhi gave me this idea. What also helps is to see that people from varied backgrounds/nationality/ethnicity speak in English. It helps to instill confidence in you that you too can speak in English.

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