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Summer Intensive English Program 2017

TED Talks

This page provides below a list of selected talks from TED.com. or TEDxTokyo. More talks will be added to this page.


These talks are great to:

  • learn about some very interesting topics and issues
  • practice your listening skills
  • learn pronunciation, which will help you make your speech clear in English.

Watch a talk and read the subtitles in English at the same time, OR
Go to the talks on the TED.com website itself and make use of the interactive scripts.

[Note: Some videos are from TEDXTokyo, which may not have subtitles and transcripts.]


  • To watch the video, click the play button.
  • For subtitles in English or another language, choose from the "Languages" menu, next to the play button.
  • To make use of the "interactive script," go to the video on the TED.com website and click "show transcript." Click on any phrase in the interactive trascript to play the video from that point.

[Note: Some videos are from TEDXTokyo, which may not have subtitles and transcripts.]


LIST
Click the link below to go to a specific video.

  • Video 1 Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity
  • Video 2 The amazing intelligence of crows: Joshua Klein on TED.com
  • Video 3 Shai Agassi's bold plan for electric car
  • Video 4 Michael Moschen juggles rhythm and motion
  • Video 5 Robert Lang folds way-new origami
  • Video 6 Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable
  • Video 7 Jay Walker on the world's English mania
  • Video 8 Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing
  • Video 9 Susan Cain: The power of introverts
  • Video 10 Garr Reynolds - Lessons from the Bamboo
  • Video 11 Black - A Yo-Yo Story
  • Video 12 Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty
  • Video 13 Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box
  • Video 14 Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine
  • Video 15 Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!
  • Video 16 Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer
  • Video 17 Stewart Brand + Mark Z. Jacobson: Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy?
  • Video 18 Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

Video 1:
Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity

"Larry Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the "ASCAP cartel" in his argument for reviving our creative culture."

"Stanford professor Larry Lessig is one of our foremost authorities on copyright issues, with a vision for reconciling creative freedom with marketplace competition."

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 2
The amazing intelligence of crows: Joshua Klein on TED.com

"Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human."

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 3
Shai Agassi's bold plan for electric cars

"Forget about the hybrid auto -- Shai Agassi says it's electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020."

"Shai Agassi wants to put you behind the wheel of an electric car -- but he doesn't want you to sacrifice convenience (or cash) to do it."

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 4
Michael Moschen juggles rhythm and motion

"Michael Moschen puts on a quietly mesmerizing show of juggling. Don't think juggling is an art? You might just change your mind after watching Moschen in motion."

"Quite simply, Michael Moschen has revolutionized juggling, refining it into an art and a bit of a science. With a few flying balls and well-chosen props he will completely re-wire your notions."

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 5
Robert Lang folds way-new origami

About this talk:

"Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful."

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 6
Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable

About this talk

"Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009."

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

Video 7
Jay Walker on the world's English mania

About this talk

"Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English -- "the world's second language" -- by the thousands."

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 8
Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

About this talk

"Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions."

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 9
Susan Cain: The power of introverts

About this talk

"In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Our world prizes extroverts -- but Susan Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative."

 To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 10
Garr Reynolds - Lessons from the Bamboo

 

To watch this video on TEDxTokyo, click here.

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Video 11
Black - A Yo-Yo Story

 

 To watch this video on TEDxTokyo, click here.

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Video 12
Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

About this talk

"Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development—with some surprisingly good news—snaps into sharp focus. "

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 13
Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box

About this talk

"The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you'll see)."

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 14
Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine

About this talk

"What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading."

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 15
Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!

About this talk

"At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.

Patricia Ryan has spent the past three-plus decades teaching English in Arabic countries -- where she has seen vast cultural (and linguistic) change."

 

To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 16
Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

About this talk

"Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames -- Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers."

  
To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 17
Stewart Brand + Mark Z. Jacobson: Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy?

About this talk

"Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind."

 
To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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Video 18
Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

About this talk

"In her talk, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants -- and can get -- a Coke. Why shouldn't this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?"

 
To watch this video on TED.com, click here.

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