Jack Ma famously said we should not focus on giving our children knowledge, we should focus on them believing in themselves. In her talk, Ms Dweck expounds on her views as to how this can be achieved/
1: watch and react to ideas
2 – watch a second time / read pausing and answering the questions below 0:13 (time in transcript) a – what is the very first hook sentence used by the speaker? How does she give emphasis with her voice 0:15 b – what do you think about the anecdote that follows 0:44 c – How does she use adjectives when talking about the experiment with 10 year-olds? 1:59 d – What do you think about the rhetoric question delivery at e – How does she use repetition to emphasise the difference between the two groups? 3:13 – 4:02f – Does she use too many questions? How well does she deliver them?6:36g – do her examples sell her idea?
3 – read the transcript / watch a third time to make a note of rhetorical
questions / pauses/ sentence stress / imperatives / strong adjectives /
subject (we, you, they) / hand gestures / eye-contact with audience
You’ve probably heard of ted.com presentations, one of which we’re going to look at today. In this one we’re going to focus on how the speaker, Doctor Leana Wen, “sells” her idea to you, the audience. Which audience? A casual one that may not be that interested in the topic. Just like you.
Below you have the information on the general idea of the speech. How does it attract our attention?
Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling.
You will have noticed some of the following things Ted.com used:
a- questions, including a NEGATIVE question
b – “You / your”
c – emphatic words (right now / simply)
d – negativity (beliefs incompatible with / unsettling)
e – unfinished / unclear ideas (………. ) = mystery
Here is the title. Notice anything?
What your doctor won’t disclose
This is the doctor:
Here is the beginning of her speech. Can you see similar things (devices), or do you see a different approach? Do you think they match her dress / make-up / hairstyle / jewelry?
1 – the motivation to study at school in England USED TO be “if you study hard and got o college you will get a good job”, but kids now often don’t believe a degree is a guarantee of a good job. Is it the same in your country?
2 – Children in some Western countries are sometimes diagnosed with a psychological problem “ADHD” = attention deficit disorder. They can’t pay attention for very long. Do children in your country have this ADHD?
3 – How do we prepare our children for the 21st economy when we don’t know what it will be like?
4 – How do we teach our children their culture but also integrate them into global society?”
Now watch the video (load on ted.com if necessary)
Before watching the next video, answer the question:
‘Machines are much better than humans in specific areas. For this reason education must be changed. What do you think?