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Title: High Heels At Work
Date:2 July 2019
Topic:Yumi Ishikawa, a part-time receptionist in Japan, has more than 20,000 signatures after she tweeted a #Ku-Too petition ('kutsu' - shoes and 'kutsuu' - pain) about having to wear high heels at work. A London temporary worker got more than 120,000 signatures in a petition in one week asking Britain to say companies can't make women wear high heels at work. (Gender equality, work, shoes.)
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Title: Message In A Bottle
Date:5 September 2019
Topic:On a beach in Alaska, a man found champagne bottle with a letter inside. “Warm greetings from the Russian Far East fleet,” the letter began. It was a hand-written note, in Russian, dated 1969. Forty-four years after it was thrown from a ship into the Indian Ocean, a bottle with a message has turned up in New Zealand, the new home of the author. (Strange stories, message in a bottle, transport, phrasal verbs)
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Title: Sea Horses
Date:10 August 2019
Topic:In the small western Belgian fishing village of Oostduinkerke, fishermen use horses, rather than boats, to go shrimp fishing — one of the very few places in the world still using a technique dating back to the 15th century. (Traditional fishing for shrimps, plastic in the oceans, referencing words, fish idioms.)
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Title: Solar Brings New Life
Date:5 August 2019
Topic:A solar plant in Malawi saved people's lives during a cyclone. After the cyclone villagers hope their irrigation scheme and continued access to solar power would enable them “to start a new life”. (Solar power, cyclones, Malawi, present perfect continuous.)
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Title: That's Just Not Cricket
Date:1 May 2019
Topic:During a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket. Cricket is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting. They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team. (Cricket, sport as a unifying force, Afghanistan.)
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instant workbook
Date: 19 February 2019
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Instant Workbook
Feeling stressed out? Find out how some people around the world are dealing with their anger. There are 6 exercises for you to do.
anna grammar
Date: 5 September 2019
Anna Grammar - Multi-word Verbs - SeparableView PDF
Multi-word verbs can be separable (the verb and particle can be separated by other words) or inseparable (the verb and particle must stay together). This worksheet helps you practice phrasal verb.
weekly warmer
Date: 1 July 2019
What Insect Am I?View PDF
This warmer is a good activity when the group is relatively new and still learning about each other. It helps student practice listening for instructions and to share ideas.
max vocab
Date: 30 March 2019
??What's The Weather Like??View PDF
This vocabulary worksheet looks at ways to describe the weather and weather forecasts.