Global warming vs. local warming

Posted: 2013 年 10 月 21 日 in TED
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Instead of addressing the issue of global warming, Joseph Yossi Vardi ventured local warming. He is a lengenday community-builder, connector and prankster with an absurd sense of humor and a refreshing set of values that drive his approach to new investments. In this video, he warns male bloggers of how a laptop increases scrotal temperature and results in health problems.

For instructors, the video may serve as a warm-up to get learners ready for a serious topic such as global warming or a complement to rigid textbook readings. For learners, you may find it useful to follow the step-by-step instruction and improve your language skills.

Step 1: Please watch the video with Chinese subtitles to get the main idea of the whole speech.

Step 2: Please change Chinese subtitles into English subtitles to locate the following target words and figure out their meanings from the context. (You can change the subtitles from the bottom of the video.)

target words: posture, ventilation, balance, thigh, gene, geek, endangered species, population growth, laptop penetration, wireless keyboard, Wi-Fi, protection measures, scrotum/scrota, sleek, well-groomed, overpopulation

Step 3: Please watch the video with English subtitles AGAIN and answer the following questions with an oral presentation or a written composition.

  1. What is Joseph’s definition of “inconvenient truth"?

  2. What is the important health message that Joseph delivers?

  3. Why did people laugh when Joseph was explaining the difference between scrotum and scrota?

  4. In your daily life, do you follow the principle of “Practice the preach; walk the talk” as Joseph do?

  5. Nowadays, there are many social campaigns in the world featuring “think globally; act locally.” Could you give more examples?

Step 4: Please watch the video WITHOUT subtitles, and keep up with the speech rate.

Note: You may be interested in the transcript at the bottom of the video.

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