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October 18, 2009

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Want to share some great stories? Want your students (or yourself) to hear some great speeches? If you do, you have to check out...

...TED.

Yes, that is all caps TED. You can find the talks at http://www.ted.com/. And, they are all free!

They have a massive collection of great talks searchable by topic and speaker. For a list of themes, take a look athttp://www.ted.com/themes.

The speakers are world class including Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Bono, the lead singer of U2, Stewart Brand, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and many more.

For a list of speakers, look at http://www.ted.com/speakers.

Some of my personal favorites are;
http://live7.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/joachim_de_posada_says_don_t_eat_the_marshmallow_yet.html

http://live7.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success.html

and

http://live7.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_on_5_dangerous_things_for_kids.html.

TED talks are in varying lengths, from about five minutes to over one hour. Most are about ten to twenty minutes.

A few more that you should not miss are;

http://www.ted.com/talks/alex_tabarrok_foresees_economic_growth.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.htmll (author of Eat,Pray,Love)

And http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_tan_on_creativity.html.

Not only are the TED talks wonderful as they are, but they have also recently become available in translation in French, Chinese, Spanish and several other languages. For further details on translations, check out http://www.ted.com/OpenTranslationProject.

They are indeed "ideas worth spreading".

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together. We can learn as much from the past as from the present.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at October 18, 2009 08:22 PM

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