Six YouTube channels to use with curious students

In this post, I am sharing my favourite YouTube channels which I use during lessons with adult students. You might find them appropriate for older and more mature teenagers as well. The only prerequisite is for both you and your students to be curious, open-minded and eager to learn new things about the world. Take a look at my list.


I have already mentioned why I use videos with my students and how my criteria are in this post. Given the wealth of available videos and the fact I tend to teach adults coming from various walks of life, I constantly look for new sources of interesting content and videos that could be not only education but also inspiring and thought-provoking. Excellent quality and appropriate language used are also a must as I would not want my students to be exposed to poor production value and even poorer English in my classes.

All the suggestions below contain the type of videos I would definitely use during my lessons and I hope you will find them interesting as well.


#1 BrainCraft 

This Channel is where Vanessa Hill shares her knowledge about the human brain, body, and behaviour that aims to help the viewers understand yourself and the world a little bit better.

My pick: Why will power doesn’t predict your success

#2 The Verge

The Verge is all about technology which obviously is a topic which we can hardly avoid nowadays. A great debate starter.

My pick: This little robot needs you more than you need it

#3 SciShow

SciShow channel comes with a specific schedule telling us what to expect every day. As their About page boasts: SciShow explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!

My pick: Will there ever be a cure for common cold?

#4 Seeker

Seeker is where science meets technology and a lot of interesting questions arise.

My pick: What’s the difference between teen and adult brains?

#5 The Economist

This one probably needs little introduction. Current news meets social commentary, technology, and science. On top of that, mos their videos are perfectly timed not to lose the audience.

My pick: What makes elite athletes thrive or dive under pressure?

#6 The World Economic Forum

This channel is my number one source for all things business, environment, and innovations. I built this lesson about the throwaway culture around one of their videos.

My pick: Will you lose your job to automation?


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Where do you find quality video content to share with your student? Leave a comment and share some of your favourite YouTube channels!


  1. Hello Gosia! Your blog is amazing and very helpfull! Keep it up 🙂

    • Hi, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Particularly I love Kurzgesagt, VOX and It’s okay to be smart. But I usually just recommend they watch, I’ve rarely used any video in class, mostly because of their length and complexity. TED Ed is a good solution for these problems, short and easy on the language.

    I’m a big fan of your website and your work 🙂

    • Hi Sheila, thank you so much for commenting.
      I agree, longer and more complex vids are better left for homework (pre teaching some more challenging vocabulary might be a solution here) while TED Ed or some shorter things released by World Economic Forum work great as discussion stimulators for the classroom.

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