Intermediate+ speaking and reading worksheet:How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED translators

If you ask me, I like to reflect (and inspire my students to do the same) on learning languages and what works and what doesn’t, so I’m always happy to offer to my students such opportunities.

Here is a worksheet that brings actual learning languages experiences into class: some practical advice (from professionals!) how we should do it, and a lot of opportunities to discuss how your students do that. The worksheet is based on an article “How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED translators” from TED Blog. If you do all the worskheet’s tasks, it should take you around 90 minutes, and probably one of the last activities will be left as a homework.

You can start with some general talk about learning laguages (see p.1 for some quotes and ideas”, then proceed to the reading and matching, and then do the follow-up tasks focusing on the vocabuary. This lesson plan is suitable both for group and one-to-one setting.

I should also say it’s good to provoke a discussion about various ways of learning (and probably teaching) languages, as there has already been some time since I wrote and started using this worksheet with my students.

TED tips learning a language fresh


About Svetlana Urisman

I am an ADOS and an English teacher (and materials writer) in a language school in Moscow. I have been an ADOS and a teacher trainer for a couple of years and a teacher for about 10 years. I am keen to share some ideas and materials I've developed in order to take them further and not to lose them. You are welcome to use any materials represented in this blog, and I will be happy to get your feedback afterwards if you take them to your classroom! ;-)
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2 Responses to Intermediate+ speaking and reading worksheet:How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED translators

  1. Thanks for this. TED provides for excellent lesson material. Your post reminded me of this talk on language learning by Tim Doner I’ve used it a lot with higher level students, they love it.

  2. Olga, thanks for the link! I didn’t know about that talk, and I’ll definitely use it with my students in future/

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