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The oldest, the tallest, the most expensive...
Read about unusual ducks and very big stone clocks. There are 8 exercises for you to do. Practise using superlative forms in context.
Pre-Intermediate
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Mad Dash
A German mother-of-five drove her son to a jewelry store he wanted to rob because she was afraid he may come to some harm and a devoted mother traveled 900 miles (1,450 km) to take her son his GameBoy that he had left behind when he went on a school trip. (Parents, parenting, children, sequencing, irony, idioms).
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 23 February 2006
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Hard Workers
Many Britons don't take their annual holidays each year. Find out why.
Skills: Reading comprehension, Writing.
Pre-Intermediate
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Fishy Milk?
We look at a new kind of fishy milk that is said to be good for the brain, eyes and nerves.
Skills: Listening, Grammar, Prepositions.
Intermediate
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All Gadgets In One
Science and Technology, telecommunications, learning to use a new gadget.
Skills: Listening.
Advanced
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Gone to the Dogs
Away on Business: Traveling with, or without, your best friend. Many single professionals travel with their pets and some vacationing guests can't bear to leave Fido home alone, but if your name isn't Valentino or Eva Herzigova and your pet can't go with you when you frequently trip about, you may have a problem.
Skills: Reading comprehension, Scanning, Grammar, Adverbs.
Upper-Intermediate
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Two Courageous Dudes
A masked would-be thief had his plans stopped by the brave man in this story.
Skills: Reading comprehension, vocabulary, ordering, grammar.
Intermediate
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The Things They Get Up To In Europe
These exercises look at different nationalities - nouns, adjectives and stress patterns.
Skills: Listening, pronunciation and word forms.
Pre-Intermediate
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Survey Results 'Too Good'
Listen to an account of some family marketing practices.
Skills: Listening and grammar - passive.
Upper-Intermediate
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Blondes Earn Less
Pay scales in Iceland. Can blondes afford to have more fun?
Skills: Listening for numbers and describing what people look like.
Elementary
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Happy Birthday!
Birthday parties and traditions.
Skills: Listening and vocabulary.
Upper-Intermediate
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Tomatina Festival
Food Fight!
Skills: Reading comprehension - Learn more about the festival in this follow-on article.
Intermediate
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A Micro $4 Billion
More about Muhammad Yunus and microcredit. There are 2 exercises for you to.
Intermediate
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Cyber Crime
Cyber life - how have computers changed our lives? Read this student's essay and complete the exercises.
Skills: Writing an essay, vocabulary and finding mistakes.
Upper-Intermediate
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Not The Retiring Type
America's oldest bank robber was put away after holding up a bank and trying to make off with the money. He didn't get away with it!
Skills: Phrasal verbs and doing an interactive crossword puzzle.
Intermediate
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Beware of FrankenFish!
The vegetation grows thick in this dark-watered pond, hiding all that swims beneath. A dreaded land-crawling, all-eating fish lives here. Listen to find out more!
Skills: Listening and grammar - non-defining relative clauses.
Advanced
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Angry Head and Heart
Getting mad doesn't help you get even; in fact it makes your heartbeat uneven, which can lead to sudden death.
Skills: Vocabulary and word forms - suffixes.
Intermediate
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Management Survey
In which countries are women more frequently employed in senior management?
Skills: Looking at a graph and completing a table, antonyms and an interactive crossword puzzle.
Pre-Intermediate
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Golden Wool
Two Australian sheep farmers have produced the world's finest wool. Find out how much it is worth.
Skills: Reading comprehension and completing a summary, grammar - adjectives and passive sentences.
Pre-Intermediate
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
It seems some Western consumers may still be cautious of traditional Chinese medicines.
Skills: Grammar and vocabulary - phrasal verbs.
Upper-Intermediate
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Happy Pigs
Europe's farmers must keep their pigs happy with toys or receive a big fine, the government said - or do they?
Skills: Reading comprehension, answering True/False/Not Given questions, vocabulary - the prefix "un-".
Pre-Intermediate
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Photos and Stamps
The people of Britain have the chance to have their faces immortalized on a stamp. Harry is now in France
Skills: Listening, Reading comprehension and vocabulary - phrases with "take".
Elementary
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Plan To Fight Future SARS
A new study looking at the changes in the SARS virus should help researchers find a vaccine.
Skills: Identify the word forms, match the words and their definitions, answer the True/False/Not Given questions and then fill the gaps using the verb in brackets and an appropriate preposition.
Upper-Intermediate
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Something's Cooking for Career Changers
Need a change? Why not open up a Bed and Breakfast?
Skills: Listening, answering multiple choice and short answer questions.
Upper-Intermediate
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Eye in the Sky
This is a second story about a satellite helping to catch an ambulance thief.
Skills: Story building and a past simple crossword puzzle.
Elementary
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Believing the Web
Can the Web Be Believed? Not always a study finds.
Skills: Answering multiple choice questions and editing extra words.
Upper-Intermediate
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A Very Long Ride
This is about a roller coaster fan.
Skills: Listening and a crossword puzzle using past participles.
Elementary
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Corking Row over Sour Grapes
Corks or screwcaps? Some wine feel drinkers feel caps are not socially acceptable.
Skills: Rewriting an article, finding extra words and matching vocabulary.
Advanced
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Shhh! Workers Sleeping!
Don't lose the snooze at work, Portugal nap activists say.
Skills: Matching sentence beginnings and grammar - prepositions.
Intermediate
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Is Anybody Listening to Me?
Communicating with dogs.
Skills: Listening and completing a flow chart describing a process.
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Santa School
A Santa Free zone - that is what some are calling for.
Skills: Listening, reading and vocabulary. There are 4 exercises for you to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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24-hour plane delay
A runaway pet cost an airline US$95,250.00.
Skills: Listening, vocabulary and grammar - 8 exercises.
Upper-Intermediate
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Could You Mime That?
There is no point shouting at the waiters in this cafe.
Skills: Listening, colloquial expressions and grammar - prepositions.
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Can't See The Trees
Urban deforestation is a problem across the US. Which is the worst urban area for tree loss and which are the two best?
Skills: Sentence ordering and grammar - superlative adjectives.
Pre-Intermediate
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Sea 'Monster' Hijacks Boaters
Dragged by a monster
Skills: Listening and grammar - the passive.
Intermediate
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A Fishy Business
Are there plenty more fish in the sea? Maybe not.
Skills: Answering True, False, Not Given questions and rebuilding a news article.
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Tattoo for the Doctor
Speak up to Doctors!
Skills: There are two listening exercises to do and you can practice using articles.
Pre-Intermediate
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Mirrors Not Required
Exercise and the gym.
Skills: Vocabulary about sports and grammar - prepositions. There are 2 exercises to do.
Upper-Intermediate
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Stressed! Stressed! Stressed!
What causes work stress?
Skills: Understanding graphs and using linking words. There are 4 exercises to do.
Advanced
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Loans for Hope
We talk to the CEO of a microfinance company.
Skills: Listening and vocabulary - using prefixes. There are 4 exercises for you to do.
Intermediate
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Top Dog May Be Cheat?
Danny the dog may lose his title because of a possible facelift.
Skills: Listening and grammar - a dictation and looking at modal verbs and the passive.
Intermediate
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Rats Rats Rats
Experts are concerned about rats.
Skills: Listening - try the dictation exercise. You can listen as many times as you need.
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 31 July 2003
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Cleaning Up Their Acts
A sustainable waste management system in use on a world heritage site.
Skills: Reading, ordering and matching pictures to sort rubbish.
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Donor Debate
What do you think - should the organ trade be legal?
Skills: Letter writing and re-writing an article.
Upper-Intermediate
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Signing a Petition
Sayang the elephant signed a petition to save her friends. She had practiced for months!
Skills: Listening and grammar - past perfect, question writing.
Intermediate
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Stop That Train!
Umm, I think this train may have left without something!
Skills: Listening and matching pictures.
Elementary
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Thinking of You!
Unwelcome birthday cards. Police are keeping an eye on their local criminals.
Skills: Listening and grammar - present continuous.
Pre-Intermediate
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Criss-Crossed Lovers
Amy's story about the lovers who criss-crossed the world and missed each other.
Skills: Listening and phrasal verbs. There are 4 exercises to do.
Intermediate
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Antibacterial?
Antibacterial soaps - should we be using them?
Skills: Ordering a text and vocabulary - there are 3 exercises for you to do.
Upper-Intermediate
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Pampering Pets in Style
Health spas for dogs in Japan.
Skills: Ordering a reading text and inversion - changing word order for emphasis.
Advanced
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