(60′) ‘The secret structure of great talks’ TED

This lesson is part of a Business project I have developed to attend the Intermediate level (B1 CEFR) at the Institution I work for. The objective of this project is to provide a real-life environment where students will be able to enrich their business lexical sets on the topic chosen. In this lesson, I’m using Nancy Duarte’s TED talk on “The secret structure of great talks” in which she is able to share her views and findings on the comparison made between King’s “I have a dream” speech and Job’s “2007 iPhone launch” speech. She actually shows us that there is a clear and objective structure to follow, and that is exactly the objective of this lesson. To guide students towards giving great talks/workshops.  


jobs of the future


Material used 

Lesson Plan: The secret structure of great talks LP1

PPT file: The secret structure of great talks PPT


Obs.: All the steps can be found in the lesson plan file (.pdf) attached here.


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- 16 years of teaching experience (Seven Idiomas / Cultura Inglesa Jundiaí) - 5 years as an Academic and Pedagogic coordinator - 1 year as a Pedagogic Bilingual coordinator at a Regular school - Letras Inglês Licenciatura Plena (PUC-SP) (2007) - CELTA - St. Giles SP (2008) - ETYL (English Teaching for Younger Learners) - International House Sydney (2012) - Cambridge DELTA MOD II, III - Cambridge Train the Trainer Cambridge Course - Pós em Pegagogia - PUC RS - MBA em finanças e geração de valores - PUC RS - MBA em Gestão da Escola na Contemporaneidade

3 thoughts on “(60′) ‘The secret structure of great talks’ TED”

  1. Hi Bia, Please forgive me, but as an English teacher, I can’t help but proof-read documents. On your PowerPoint presentation, there are a few mistakes. On slide 2 you put ‘some of you may tried’ … You need ‘may have tried’. On slide 6 you wrote ‘overlay over’, you don’t need ‘over’ — it’s redundant. On slide 8, you wrote ‘having a presentation’, it’s better to use ‘making’ or ‘giving’. Your lessons are great, keep up the good work!

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    1. Hello! This is very important! Thank you very much for pointing out those typos. I have already corrected them, however, Nancy says “…I overlaid over it…” (6’15”) so that was what has confused me a little bit. Thanks again!


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