Epidemiquiz! Bill Gates called for a pandemic in a 2015 conference

The Coronavirus disease is setting back the whole world, but were we actually prepared to face this sort of epidemic? Five years ago, Bill Gates was invited to give a TED talk on such a matter. The main theme was, more specifically, how to prevent such a terrible scenario.

We’ve created some quizzes so that you can test your listening skills while you hear the words spoken by one of the most influential people of our time. Italian or English subtitles are also available.

Before getting into the specifics of it all, let’s have a look at the vocabulary Bill uses to describe the situation:

Virus Definition Match

Before watching Bill Gates’ TED Talk, have a look at these vocabulary words and try to match up the definitions.


Had enough? Then it’s time to watch the video!

A pretty impressive video, if I may say so myself. But that’s not all. The quizzes below will test your knowledge of the video! Watch it one more time and then see how you do:

Ted Talk Virus: Key Points

Have a look at the sentences below. Then watch the TED Talk held by Bill Gates which discusses a potential virus outbreak. Minute-by-minute, choose the key phrase which describes what he is discussing per minute.


Virus Outbreak: Fill in the blanks

Using the words from the word bank, fill in the blanks in the below sentences.


Nice job, you made it the whole way through! Still hungry for more English language exercises? Have a look at the links below for some inspiration, whether it be listening, gap fills of writing compositions. Don’t waste your time even if you’re stuck at home! There’s still a lot to learn!