WEEK 1: 21ST Century Skills
WEEK 2: MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND JOBS
WEEK 3: THE ENVIRONMENT AND ART
WEEK 4: A GOOD LIFE

Vocabulary and Speaking

Use this mind map to study and practise the words and phrases you came across in this TED talk.

Now practise answering the following questions. Try to use some of the words and phrases you’ve learnt.

Space exploration

  1. What have we achieved so far?
  2. Why is Mars one of the main targets of space exploration? How is it being explored?
  3. What is the Fermi paradox all about? What solution to the paradox does the speaker suggest?

The Earth: the only habitable planet we know of

  1. How does human activity affect the environment?
  2. Why should the preservation of Earth be our main priority?
  3. How are the extreme environments of our planet similar to and different from the surface of Mars?

"Two sides of the same goal"

How can we reach a balance between space exploration and saving the Earth?

Discussion questions

  1. Do you think the speaker is generally optimistic or pessimistic about the future of humankind? Give reasons?
  2. Can you think of a few more possible solutions to the Fermi paradox?
  3. Do you think humans will ever colonise other planets, such as Mars? Why (not)?