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Pre-Intermediate

Roof Farms
Farming on the rooftops of Paris has been such a success that the mayor is introducing more projects. By 2020, Paris will have more] than 100 hectares (0.39 square mile) of rooftop gardens and planted walls. (Gardens and cities, benefits of gardening, information exchange: sunflowers.)
Pre-Intermediate
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We Used To Bath.....
A Tokyo bathhouse is offering classes on topics ranging from comedy to gaming. The bathhouse hopes to encourage younger bathers and reverse Japan's dying tradition of communal baths. (Bathhouses, Japan, traditions, used to + infinitive to talk about past actions and states that no longer occur, talking about traditions.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Hailing Women
Taxi-hailing service Careem is introducing women taxi drivers to Pakistan.
Pre-Intermediate
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I'm not very good at...
This warmer encourages students to say what they hope or plan to do in the future and gets them to practice using gerunds at the same time.
Pre-Intermediate
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And The Winner Is...
This warmer is designed to be done before the U.S. Academy Awards. It gets students to practice arguing for or against something, to discuss choices, and to express opinions.
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 11 February 2017
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Chinese New Year
To practice reading for understanding, to practice asking and answering questions, to learn about customs of different cultures.
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 3 January 2017
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Politicians Haunt Halloween
A model of a hot air-blowing Donald Trump and another of a toothy Hillary Clinton riding the Democratic Party's donkey mascot are among the skeletons and zombies in a Halloween display that has become an attraction and is stopping traffic in a Connecticut town. (Halloween, displays, presidential election.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Teen Childbirth a Deterrent
Girls whose friends have experienced teen childbirth are less likely to get pregnant themselves, a new study suggests. (Teenage pregnancy, speed reading, should and sharing information.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Olympic Accommodation
For the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the largest athletes' village in the long history of the Games was unveiled. (The Olympic Village, treatment of athletes, hosting an international event, sport.)
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 25 July 2016
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Woman Punches Through
Sweat drips from Arafat Abkar's face as she [boxes] in an open-air arena in Khartoum's summer heat... "When I train, more spectators watch because women's boxing is new... in Sudan," the 22-year-old said. (Women's sports, Sudan, boxing)
Pre-Intermediate
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Best Sleep
Many parents have only a poor understanding of how much sleep their children need, a New Zealand study found. (Sleep, children, discussion.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Superdads
Chung Sang-hoon, 34, is at home with his two small children. Chung, a salesman, took a year of paternity leave from his job in a big foreign company. Before now very few men took paternity leave. Now dads taking paternity leave is more common in South Korea. (skimming, scanning, understanding text organization)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - New Year's Eve
An All Levels Max Vocabulary Worksheet that looks at New Year's Eve celebrations.
Pre-Intermediate
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Suing Your Family ....
A Connecticut jury on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a New York woman. The woman sued her 12-year-old nephew for injuries that resulted from the boy's "exuberant" greeting at a party on his eighth birthday...(Children and teaching responsibility, apologizing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Punctuation - Apostrophes and Contractions
An apostrophe is used for contractions. We use contractions when we are speaking to make our speaking (and writing) more informal. Try our worksheet.....
Pre-Intermediate
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Mayor For A Year
A freckled-faced three-year-old boy has got a few valuable pieces of advice from his six-year-old brother since he succeeded his elder brother as mayor of a small town in northern Minnesota. (Sequencing, vocabulary)
Pre-Intermediate
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Tish the Fish
Read about goldfish invasions, goldfish rescues and one fish that despite spending his life going around in circles, he still achieved international fame, unlike some of us. (Goldfish, world records, word order)
Pre-Intermediate
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A Prince Among Men
Read articles about Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of England, and share information about him to build a picture of what he is like. (Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, sharing information, family)
Pre-Intermediate
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Coyotes Moving In
Police caught a young female coyote outside a cafe in lower Manhattan, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City. (Coyotes, wild animals living in cities, sharing information.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Kitchen
The kitchen is a room where you cook food. This vocabulary worksheet looks at where you can cook and what with.
Pre-Intermediate
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Which Character From A Book Are You?
This is a warmer for Book Week at your school.
Pre-Intermediate
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It's Raining Cats and Tourists...
An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan. There are six cats for every person in the village. (Cats, cat control, collective nouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Home Office - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
The office is a room in a home with a desk for business. This vocabulary worksheet looks at all the things you might find in a home office.
Pre-Intermediate
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Find Your Other Half - Coordinating Conjunctions
This Pre-Intermediate and above warmer is an enjoyable way for students to practice use of coordinating conjunctions and, but, so.
Pre-Intermediate
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Better Late Than Never
An overdue copy of "Gone with the Wind" has been returned to a high school library in Washington state, 65 years past its due date. (Libraries and late returns, borrowing books, scanning, jigsaw reading, role play and dialog, saying sorry.
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Christmas
An All Levels Max Vocabulary Worksheet all about Christmas. We hope you enjoy it!
Pre-Intermediate
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First Jobs
It doesn't matter how famous, or how important or how rich the person is - almost everyone likes to remember their first job, which was usually very menial and low-paid... This month we ask famous authors what their first jobs were...(Sharing experiences, First jobs, Famous writers, work vocabulary.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Just Don't Go There
If Halloween is supposed to be spooky, some Halloween costumes this year will be terrifying. Some trick-or-treaters will dress as emergency careworkers for people who are sick with Ebola. (Halloween and costumes, Ebola, appropriacy of what people do.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Dining Rooms
This vocabulary worksheet looks at the dining room or dining. Another student worksheet in our "homes" series. 
Pre-Intermediate
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Raising Kids
How much does it cost to raise a child in the United States? A middle-income family will spend about $245,000 over 18 years to raise a child who is born in 2013. (Cost of raising a child in USA, cost of living.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Bridging the Gap
Do you want a bridge? The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is selling 11 historic bridges. (Bridges, historic buildings and structures, tense revision, passive and active voices.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Bathroom
Another worksheet in our pre-intermediate "Homes" series. Bathrooms: the bathroom is a room in a home where you wash yourself and usually you can go to the toilet.
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Bedroom
The bedroom is a room in a home where you sleep. This vocabulary worksheet is another in our homes and houses series.
Pre-Intermediate
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Avoidance Apps
Trying to avoid an awkward encounter with an ex? Fearful of an embarrassing meeting after an argument? New apps can help people avoid bumping into others and provide escape routes if they do. (Avoiding people you do not want to see, vocabulary hunt, answering a questionnaire.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Easter Bunny?
The Easter Bunny may not always be an Easter icon in Australia and New Zealand, as conservationists remove to replace it with the Bilby or the Kiwi. (Easter, conservation, the rabbit as a pest.)
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 15 April 2014
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Easter Egg Surprises
A Fabergé Easter Egg made for Emperor Alexander 111 of Russia and lost for more than 100 years will be displayed in London. The egg was nearly melted for scrap, but an American scrap dealer realized what it was. (Russian Revolution, Fabergé eggs, writing questions, passive voice.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - The Lounge
A worksheet for lounging about with!
Pre-Intermediate
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Social Climbers?
When most people go into crocodile territory, they keep a lookout for crocodiles in the water or on the land. But now researchers say people should look up. Researchers say crocodiles can climb trees. (Crocodiles, ability of animals for different tasks, using 'can/can't' to describe ability to do something, being good at something.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Nine Months to Mars
More than a thousand people will now take tests to decide who will live on Mars. In 2011 two Dutchmen set up Mars One with the aim of having people live on Mars permanently from 2025. They hope the project will get money from investors and the rights from a TV documentary-reality television show of the tests, training and final selection. (Mars, reality television, science, travel, future forms and would like/love to do something.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Dear Santa
One 13-year-old boy who sent a "Dear Santa" letter to the U.S. Post Office this year asked only for covers for his bed, "so I can stay warm this winter." Heartrending letters like this are sent each year to the Post Office "Letters to Santa" program, now in its 100th year. Some of the letters are answered by charitable groups, businesses, schools, postal employees and individual anonymous givers, who pick letters and go shopping. (Santa letters, helping others, Ho!, Ho!, Ho! competition.)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Real Heroes
Encouraging students to think about real heroes - people who make a difference in the community.
Pre-Intermediate
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Surprise Trips
A 9-year-old boy from Minneapolis went through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and caught a flight to Las Vegas without a ticket and three German children aged five, six and seven who said they were fed up with cold weather at home set off on a voyage to Africa but only got as far as the local train station. (Children and mishaps, transport, taxis, past simple and past continuous tenses, ordinal numbers, the prefix -un.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Robots
Tiny recon robots have introduced a new generation of drones at a DSEI defense fair in London. Robots that can talk, find [lost] glasses, draw airplanes and play with your children attracted thousands of visitors at another expo. Robot nurses may soon be helping the sick by telling them when to take their pills. (Robots, nurses, health, technology, 'will', 'by + verb + ing' used to say how something is done.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - The Environment
This worksheet looks at words to describe the air, water, plants, animals and land around us and the people who care about them. There is a pair crossword puzzle for your students to try.
Pre-Intermediate
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Let's Party! - Pre-Int
A Pre-Intermediate lesson. When we are very happy, we want to celebrate. We may decide to have a party. This worksheet looks at some different kinds of parties.
Pre-Intermediate
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Expensive Counter
It will take someone with pretty deep pockets to buy and move one of four surviving 17th-century French "pocket" calculating machines, to be sold in London in October. (Computers, pocket calculators, development of machines, antiques, opinion and descriptive adjectives, writing a description.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Record Chat
Popular Norwegian crime writer Hans Olav Lahlum set the world record for the longest interview on Thursday after spending more than 30 non-stop hours chatting in an online television broadcast.(World records, interviews, superlative adjectives, nationality suffixes.)
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 8 August 2013
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You're Kidding Me!
First, there were the maid cafes and then there were cat cafes for cat lovers to play with cats while they sipped a cup of coffee. Now, there is a goat cafe. The cafe has a pair of friendly goats for customers to pet, play with and even take for walks through Tokyo's concrete jungle. (Cafes, animals, present continuous, planning a dream cafe)
Pre-Intermediate
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At a Hotel? - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Our worksheet on hotel words looks at where guests sleep and eat and the people who work in hotels. Students can practise vocabulary with a fun pair crossword puzzle.
Pre-Intermediate
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Tattoo Me Too!
Do the Obama daughters want tattoos? Probably not. Their father told "Today" show how the Obama parents are keeping their daughters away from tattoos. (Tattoos, different viewpoints on tattooing, first and second conditional)
Pre-Intermediate
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