We are all different - and that's awesome!

This video is a TedTalk by a boy named Cole Blakeway. He talks about his special friend with autism. This video is 4 minutes and 39 seconds long. This video is a great chance for lower intermediate level learners to practice their listening skills! 


Start by looking up the vocabulary words I have provided for you below, then watch the video. Try to answer the comprehension questions. If you are struggling, watch again! At the end you will find the answers for the comprehension questions and some more discussion questions to get you thinking in English! Leave answers to the discussion questions in the comments below! 


Video link: https://youtu.be/sQuM5e0QGLg *

Vocabulary

  • To stand out from the crowd

  • The cover of a book

  • A misfit

  • An oddball

  • A range (of something)

  • Repetitive behaviours

  • Nonverbal communication  

  • To be starving 

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did the book say that Cole’s mom pointed to in the bookstore?

  2. Who is one of Cole’s best friends? What makes him unique and awesome?

  3. How did Cole meet Steven?

  4. What are some activities that Cole’s family does with Steven?

  5. What is autism?

  6. What is Steven really good at?

  7. What does Steven want to be when he grows up?

  8. Where does Steven hide when they play hide and seek?

  9. Why does Cole look up to Steven?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What do you think the overall message is of this video? Do you agree with it?

  2. Do you know anyone who has autism? What is their unique strength? 

COMPREHENSION QUESTION ANSWERS

  1. It’s called “You’re Weird - A Creative Journal for Misfit, Oddballs and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Different”. It tells everyone that it’s cool to be different. 

  2. Steven a 44 year-old with autism. 

  3. Steven became Cole’s mom’s friend when she was in high school.

  4. They have family dinners, watch movies and have sleepovers.

  5. It refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours and speech and nonverbal communications. As well as by unique strengths and differences.

  6. Memorizing every phone number he’s ever heard. 

  7. A fire truck! 

  8. He always hides in the closets.

  9. Because he is the happiest person he knows and doesn’t try to be like anyone else.

* Disclaimer: This video content is linked and intended for educational purposes only. The views or opinions of the content are that of the original creator and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Habit Language Lab.

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