Listening and Viewing Comprehension using Ted talk videos

Listening comprehension in a foreign language requires quite a lot of skills in order to be an effective listener. These include a firm grasp of vocabulary and grammar, perception as well as the actual comprehension and above all else enough concentration span. Without these skills you will struggle to understand and remember what you are hearing, which is difficult enough as it is in a classroom setting.

Questions and answers

You can train these skills by listening and viewing the Ted talks below and by answering the questions.

Ted Talk The surprising science of happiness by Dan Gilbert (advanced)

Ted Talk The magic washing machine by Hans Rosling (intermediate)

Ted Talk Your body language shapes who you are by Amy Cuddy (advanced)

TED Talk What if you could trade a paperclip for a house? by Kyle MacDonald (intermediate)

TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). 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 100 languages.

(source: TED: our organization)