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Reading Helps Prisoners Escape
Web Guide to Prison - Thai crooks can now find out what it's like in Thailand's prisons. Prisoners have made a new web site which has tips on living in prison.
Skills: Grammar - use of as...as.
Elementary
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Fish and Chimneys
Flying Fish?
Skills: Grammar - past simple, Reading comprehension, Vocabulary. There are six exercises to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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A Different Taste in Music
Learn about vegetables and the vegetable orchestra.
Skills: Vocabulary, memory game and rebuilding an article.
Intermediate
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Old Advice
Learn about amazing marathon runners and read about a film on happy older people.
Skills: Reading comprehension, Grammar - quantifiers: much & many, Vocabulary, Listening.
Pre-Intermediate
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Jump!
Read about a popular form of exercise and match the pictures and different types of exercise.
Skills: Grammar - present simple, Vocabulary - sports and exercise, Reading comprehension - completing a summary, Listening for detail
Elementary
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Back in Fashion
All That Glitters ....
Lured by tales of fortunes made overnight, thousands spend weeks braving blistering heat, bandits and snakes.
Skills: Reading comprehension, Grammar - so & such, Vocabulary - idioms, phrases. There are six exercises to do.
Advanced
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A Day in the Life of a .....!
A Day in the Life of a Duckmaster
Skills: Listening, Vocabulary - everyday actions, telling the time, Grammar - present simple. There are nine exercises to do.
Elementary
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Chimney Sweep?
One Texan found that going down the chimney was no way to enter his home after he lost his keys. There are six exercises to do.
Skills: Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar - reported speech
Pre-Intermediate
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Watching is Catching on
Hundreds of butterflies are emerging from chrysalises, taking flight, sipping aphrodisiac and delighting children at London's Natural History Museum.
Skills: Vocabulary, Grammar - state verbs, dynamic verbs, Reading comprehension.
Advanced
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Holiday Blues
Sleep Time - Meetings going bad!
Skills: Reading and Vocabulary. There are 4 exercises to do.
Elementary
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Safe SUVs?
Read about SUV safety and listen to an interview with a contented SUV owner.
Skills: Listening - multiple choice, ordering, Vocabulary - crossword puzzle, suffixes, Reading - completing a table, short answers. There are 6 exercises to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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U.S. Makers Moving Homeward?
Surging costs see some North American manufacturers moving back onshore. There are 5 exercises to do.
Skills: Grammar - past perfect simple and continuous, Vocabulary - business words, homonyms
Advanced
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Seeing-eye Sheep and Goats
Read about Sissy the blind horse and her amazing 40-legged, seeing-eye team. There are five exercises to do.
Skills:Reading comprehension, Grammar - adjectives, Vocabulary - animals, hangman
Pre-Intermediate
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Lucky Pets
Read two articles about pet trends and write sentences using the pictures and the word prompts. Practise using comparative adjectives to compare pet popularity. There are five exercises for you to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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Web Doctor
Online medical help means people are now becoming more proactive. But who uses the Internet for health information more - men or women? Do some people use it too much and imagine they have diseases?
Skills: Reading comprehension, Listening, Grammar - present perfect, Writing - rebuild a news article.
Upper-Intermediate
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Meeting & Greeting
Listen to someone discussing meeting people in Britain and read two articles about meeting people from other cultures and about first impressions when meeting someone at a job interview.
Intermediate
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Choose Your Toy
Lego Building New Business
Read three articles about Lego and the New York Toy Fair. Grammar - present continuous. There are six exercises for you to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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Strange Stories
Foxes shooting people, dogs shooting people, sheep shooting men, dogs shooting cats and cows shooting cows. There are 3 exercises to do.
Skills: Reading comprehension - sorting stories, Grammar - definite and indefinite articles.
Pre-Intermediate
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Can We Share?
A background to the Nobel prize.
Skills: Vocabulary, Morphology - suffixes and prefixes. There are 6 exercises to complete.
Advanced
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Peach the Police Dog
In Sydney, a police dog trained to detect bombs ran away after being scared off by fireworks. There are four exercises for you to do. Skills: Grammar - passive, have/get something done.
Pre-Intermediate
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Accent on Second Language Development
Will hearing a second language as a child influence accent? Is "Dora the Explorer" a good language teacher? Is there a need for the development and maintenance of the first language if people are to succeed in a second?
Skills: Vocabulary - completing a cloze, crossword puzzle, Reading comprehension - short answers, spotting errors, multiple choice, completing a summary, Pronunciation - Pronunciation of -ed.
Advanced
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Hot bodies
Read 4 articles about power usage and heating:
Paris metro body heat to help warm building
Commuters' body heat to warm office
Energy-gulping buildings ripe for savings
Greener buildings easy, but barriers remain - expert

Grammar: Grammar - will vs. going to
Pre-Intermediate
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Hospital in a Box
Some doctors may not be so happy about "Health Tourism".
Skills: Reading and grammar - verbs in context.
Intermediate
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Blind Date
Eating Blind around the world!
Skills: Listening, Vocabulary, Matching headings and Writing about your experience of eating in the dark. There are 8 exercises to do.
Intermediate
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On Your Bike
Every day, traffic seems to get worse. How can we reduce the number of cars on our roads? What alternatives can we offer car drivers? What do you think? There are 7 exercises to do.
Upper-Intermediate
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Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship
Weird World Championships - read about these bizarre festivals. There are 4 exercises to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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Replacing the Carrot with a Stick
Health insurance for everyone?
Skills: Writing a 250 word essay giving your opinion and grammar - using the correct discourse markers.
Advanced
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Tips and Hints for Visitors
How much do you know about the Commonwealth Games?
Skills: Listening - completing a cloze.
Upper-Intermediate
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Heroin Help
We look at Thailand's giant new opium museum in the Golden Triangle. The museum aims to exploit the tourist trade and looks at the history and economics of opium. However, it pulls no punches on the tragedy and trauma inflicted by drugs on abusers, even containing a wrenching gallery full of powerful true stories of victims of drug abuse from around the world.
Advanced
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$40.00 a Foot
Read about an organization that has helped over a million people walk again.
Skills: Reading and understanding newspaper articles, Grammar - past simple and used to.
There are 5 exercises to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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Mobile Phone Health Question
Does texting affect grammar and spelling? In this lesson you will practise vocabulary - abbreviations and "texting language", reading and understanding newspaper articles, scanning for numbers and reading for detail, grammar - using discourse markers. There are 5 exercises to do.
Upper-Intermediate
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World Cup 'Sickness'
What would you give for your team to win? Ideas on how to tell your boss you're "sick" so you can watch the World Cup.
Skills: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar - second conditional.
Intermediate
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A Prince Among Men
A family who is who? Practise your family and relatives words.
Pre-Intermediate
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Real-life Avatar
"Canada's Avatar Sands," reads the ad featuring a massive dump truck, which is used in oil sands extraction, and an open pit mine. Drawing parallels between the sci-fi blockbuster and the mining industry.
Skills:Grammar - present perfect, Reading comprehension - locating information, matching features, Writing - describing pictures using prompts.
Advanced
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Tallest Building
Find out about famous buildings, tallest buildings, new buildings and old buildings! Practice your grammar and listening. There are 5 exercises for you to do!
Elementary
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Banker to the Poor
More about Muhammad Yunus and microcredit. There are 3 exercises to do looking at banking words and the present perfect continuous.
Advanced
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Welcome To Clone Farm
In this lesson you will practise talking about certainty.
Skills: Reading and understanding newspaper articles, Grammar - modal verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
Advanced
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Operation Flower
Read an article about crime. Listen to someone reporting a crime, answer comprehension questions, complete a summary and practise using the present perfect simple. There are five exercises to do.
Skills: Listening, Grammar - present perfect, Reading comprehension
Pre-Intermediate
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The Gleaners
Foraging, trading and recycling. Read 2 news articles and practise using -ing forms and gerunds as adjectives. There are 5 exercises to do.
Upper-Intermediate
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Coffee - A Complex Brew
These three exercises look at how to make a good coffee. Skills: Grammar - using the passive to describe a process, matching descriptions and recreating a text.
Advanced
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A Second Chance
Vocabulary - clothing words, Reading and understanding newspaper articles. There are 5 exercises for you to do.
Elementary
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Under Attack
Read an article about cyberbullying and listen to what one the biggest teenage stars in the world thinks about it. Practise using modal verbs to talk about possibility and see if you can find the mistakes.
Upper-Intermediate
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Super Milkman!
This exercise is an account of what our super milkman did.
Skills: Grammar - verbs in the past
Pre-Intermediate
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Modern American Dads Given a Raw Deal?
Parenting and work ....
Skills: Reading comprehension, Listening, Grammar - using conjunctions and adverbs to show contrast. There are 7 exercises for you to do.
Advanced
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Are You a Billionaire?
Warren Buffett at a glance! There are 8 exercises for you to do.
Skills: Reading comprehension, Grammar - present simple and the verb "to be".
Elementary
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Surprise Trips
There are 4 exercises for you to do about the three young German children who were fed up with cold weather at home and set off on a voyage to Africa. Skills: Reading comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar - past continuous and past simple.
Pre-Intermediate
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The Running of the Bulls
Do you think bullfighting should be banned? Read about bullfighting in Portugal and write an essay giving your opinion. Practise using topic sentences. There are 9 exercises to do.
Upper-Intermediate
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No Medals For Athletes' Families
Sports and Routines
These six exercises talk about life in two families who are involved with sports.
Pre-Intermediate
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Homework For Sale
Looking at homework and websites. In this lesson you will practise reading comprehension, word order and using the present simple to describe facts. There are 10 exercises for you to do.
Pre-Intermediate
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Thin is Not In
In this lesson you will look at: Diets, Fashion and Health. By the end of the lesson you will be able to: Match paragraphs and information, Scan for specific information to complete a table, Write a report describing a line graph, Write a report analysing a pie graph, Write a summary, Use correct word forms. There are seven exercises for you to do.
Intermediate
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