|Upper-intermediate||Cleft sentences||Hacking & Hacktivism|
|Advanced||Technology vocabulary||The Internet|
|Intermediate||Future time clauses||Technology & Ethics|
|Upper-intermediate||Technology & business vocab||Sports & business|
|Advanced||Equality & empathy|
“It’s sometimes said of Facebook that the users aren’t the customer, they’re the product. And so how do you get a company to cede control of their main asset back to the users? It’s possible, but I don’t think it’s something that we’re going to see change quickly.”
|Upper-intermediate||More discourse markers||Data & Privacy|
|Advanced||Vocabulary||Monetizing the Internet|
“There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.
Through his new project, MuckWork, Derek Sivers wants to lessen the burdens (and boredom) of creative people.
|Pre-intermediate (high)||Modals of speculation||Cultural difference|
|Intermediate||Modals of deduction||Innovation and inspiration|
“My point is this: In the long run, some news stories are more important than others.”
“The real question: is this distorted worldview what we want for Americans in our increasingly interconnected world? I know we can do better. And can we afford not to? Thank you.”
|Intermediate||News & Journalism vocabulary||News and media|
|Advanced||Discussion & debate|
This is a quote from Dame Cicely Saunders, whom I met when I was a medical student. She founded the hospice movement. And she said, “You matter because you are, and you matter to the last moment of your life.” And I firmly believe that that’s the message that we have to carry forward.
|Intermediate||Present Perfect Revision||Death and dying|
“We can design new materials, new products, and new facilities. We need to move past just killing animals as a resource to something more civilized and evolved. Perhaps we are ready for something literally and figuratively more cultured.”
“So, if you’re in the audience today, or maybe you’re watching this talk in some other time or place, you are a participant in the digital rights ecosystem. Whether you’re an artist, a technologist, a lawyer or a fan, the handling of copyright directly impacts your life.”
|Advanced||Mixed conditionals||Morals and ethics|
|Proficiency||Modal verbs of obligation||Cultural difference|
|Fluent||Academic debate||Religion and philosophy|
NB: Possibly controversial talk depending on the nature of your class.