Levels/contexts Archives: intermediate upwards

Face to face with a lost tribe

The clip shows that a previously isolated indigenous people from the Amazon has come face to face with a settled community of villagers for the first time. The lesson talks more generally about the risks posed to these peoples by the increasing encroachment of globalised civilisation.

Continue Reading · Comments { 2 }

What the internet is doing to our brains

The clip highlights some of the potential dangers of the internet by getting us to think about the difference between information and knowledge. It provides food for thought and can be a good starting point for a follow-up debate or discussion.

Continue Reading · Comments { 2 }

Looking under the streetlight

Wayne Dyer tells a story to illustrate that personal development often involves an inner struggle that can bring about a change in the way we perceive the world. The language used makes the clip suitable for lower level learners: the important words are articulated clearly and repeated several times.

Continue Reading · Comments { 1 }

Five Women

The 8th of April is International Romani Day – a day to celebrate the Romani culture and to raise awareness of the issues facing Roma people. In this clip five women share stories about their past, their struggles, their successes and how they see their own identity.

Continue Reading · Comments { 1 }

What makes a good leader?

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu is interviewed on what makes a good leader. He mentions aspects of leadership that are often forgotten when we think of leadership qualities and skills.

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Think for yourself

An American high school student gives her views on school and education. The activities to go with this clip focus on intensive listening. These days many learners have a great deal of exposure to English and get a lot of practice in extensive – and often superficial – listening. This E-lesson encourages them to listen carefully and attentively.

Continue Reading · Comments { 2 }

Meet Jim

This clip shows a homeless person going through a physical transformation. It’s a good trigger for talking about the way we make judgements about people based on looks and first impressions. It is also a powerful way in to thinking about perception and change.

Continue Reading · Comments { 1 }

Mind in a Jar

The metaphor of a jar full of water and coloured sand is used to show the way different emotions and states of mind affect the way we see things. The power of meditation to calm the mind is illustrated.

Continue Reading · Comments { 2 }