Project
Global Issues Through TED Talks
Mon. 2nd. Period Tiina Matikainen
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Listening, Project, Speaking, Web Activities

In this course, we watch TED talks about global issues. Each week, the class focuses on comprehension of a TED video lecture. The students will first answer comprehension questions about the lectures, and then move on to critical analysis and discussion about the lecture and its content. The students will also have a chance to respond to some talks in writing.The course also includes student-led projects in which students will be responsible for selecting a TED lecture for the class as well as presenting this lecture with a lesson to the class.


This course will

1.     improve students’ listening and discussion skills,

2.     allow students to practice critical thinking skills,

3.     increase students’ vocabulary,

4.     allow students to practice working in a group and managing a class as a leader, and

5.     improve students’ writing skills through summaries and reactions to the lectures.


Active Participation: 30%
Reaction Papers (x2): 30%
Group Project : 40%


1

Class introduction and getting to know each other.

2

TED Talk 1 Comprehension and Critical Discussion

3

TED Talk 2 Comprehension and Critical Discussion

4

TED Talk 3 Comprehension and Critical Discussion

5

TED Talk 4 Comprehension and Critical Discussion

6

TED Talk 5 Comprehension and Critical Discussion

7

Group Project Workshop

8

Group Project Workshop

9

Student Group 1 TED Lesson

10

Student Group 2 TED Lesson

11

Student Group 3 TED Lesson

12

Student Group 4 TED Lesson

13

Student Group 5 TED Lesson

14

Student Group 6 TED Lesson

15

Class Wrap-up and Reflection


This class will be conducted only in English and students are expected to use English during class. Practicing our English is the only way we can improve our language proficiency. Students are also expected to actively participate during class, especially during group and pair work.

Note: More than three unexcused absences will result in a failing grade.