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Calling a person 'it'
Wolfie answers a question about why we sometimes call a person 'it'.
Intermediate
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'No Better Than' and 'Not Better Than'
"Please comment on the differences between 'no better than' and 'not better than'."
Intermediate
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New Year's Resolutions
This warmer encourages students to talk about future intentions by making resolutions. It's a good warmer for New Year's Eve.
Intermediate
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Talking Digitoys
Toys are changing fast, not least because their vocabulary is increasing, fast! New toys have computing power that makes them completely different to toys of even 10 years ago. There's even a doll that can read! (Toys, computer chips, children's development, scanning, writing definitions, identifying viewpoints, summarizing, discussion.)
Advanced
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Football Flowers
A Canadian Football league player says he doesn't want more flowers. He missed a kick in a game. The Saskatchewan Roughriders did not make the Canadian Football League final because he missed the kick. Fans are sending him flowers. (Sport, football, obsessive fans, matching words and pictures, discussion, comprehension, understanding the main idea, ordering events, true or false, present continuous tense, sporting vocabulary.)
Elementary
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Worksheet - Question Words - Elementary
Anna talks about Question Words for the Elementary level - with an exercise.
Elementary
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Find My Partner
This warmer gives students practice with different question words (who, what, where, etc.) and in asking and answering questions that could be used as part of a short speaking test.
Elementary
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Doctors' Writing
Prescription medication errors kill thousands every year. Courses organised to teach doctors to write quickly and legibly have been tried, and now computers are being brought in to help. (Doctors, bad handwriting, computer records, greek and latin roots of words, tag questions, role play: conducting a doctor/patient consultation.)
Intermediate
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"Hello, is that Travel Dot Com?"
Online travel booking was meant to save businesses money, and make the whole process easy and painless. However, some problems have emerged, and business people are again reaching for the phone to make travel arrangements the old-fashioned way. (Business travel, online business, discussion, travel vocabulary, finding the main idea, sequencing, ranking and listing activity, Internet research.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Vocabulary - Very
Is VERY both an adjective and an adverb?
Intermediate
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The Humble Potato
Max tells us about the history of the words to do with potatoes.
Intermediate
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'Yes/No' Questions - Elementary Worksheet
An Anna Grammar Worksheet.
Elementary
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Yes I Do/No I Don't
This warmer helps students practice reading, understanding and answering yes/no questions.
Elementary
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A Healthy Diet?
A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent heart disease and strokes, says a large study from Spain. (Healthy diets, food vocabulary, reading for the main idea, scanning, true or false, crossword puzzle, What Is It?, countable and uncountable nouns game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Safe Food
A plastic tag could soon stop people worrying about whether food has gone bad and isn't safe to eat. (Freshness of food and a new invention, vocabulary, discussion, comprehension, sequencing, true or false, the suffix -ness, word find puzzle, word order exercise and interview.)
Elementary
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Healthy Tea
A tea lover has released a book on throwing tea parties. A study of over 3,400 adults in Saudi Arabia - a country of tea-lovers - found that people who drank more than 6 cups of tea per day had a more than 50% lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to tea abstainers. (Benefits of drinking tea, survey, true or false, meanings in context, completing information, headlines, role play.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Coffee - A Complex Brew
Angela Holder does not swallow her coffee at work. In scenes redolent of a wine-tasting session, she slurps it, swishes it around her mouth and noisily spits it out. She 'cups' coffee. (Coffee tasting, coffee market, coffee, Make a choice Game, coffee knowledge quiz, reading for the main idea, multiple choice questions, reading about a process, Talking about coffee or tea Game, descriptive writing, finishing an ad.)
Advanced
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Idioms - True and False - Bread and Meals
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Blind Date
"Blind restaurant an eye-opener for London diners." Dining in a completely dark room, unaware what's on your plate while sitting next to a complete stranger may not sound like an ideal restaurant experience but it's certainly an intriguing way to spend a rainy night in London. (food, five senses)
Intermediate
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Stative Verbs - An Exception
Most stative verbs are pretty rigid in their usage, but with some of them, it is possible to express a temporary situation. One of these is "love".
Intermediate
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Habit and the Present Continuous
"Anna,"I don't sell houses" is perfectly acceptable. Why can't we say, "I don't sell my house", but require a modifier such as "I don't want to sell my house"? Oh yoiks. I am sure there is a simple explanation but it eludes me!"
Intermediate
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'Except' and commas
Question: I just read your explanation on the use of except. Could you tell me which of these is correct?
- All of them except Lisa were asleep.
- All of them were asleep except Lisa.
Intermediate
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Are 'almost' and 'nearly' the same?
Well, Anna's answer is, 'yes, almost', but you better have a look to make sure!
Intermediate
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Business Travelers Can't Afford to Skip Breakfast
Corporate travelers need to be alert and ready to deal from the moment they wake up. So, skipping breakfast is not recommended, nutritionists say. (Business travel, business culture, importance of breakfast, nutrition, quiz, reading for the main idea, reading and comparing, finding ideas, functional language - ordering from a menu, apologizing and greeting, summarizing, dialogue, find someone who...)
Upper-Intermediate
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Work
Mr Vocab tells us about the history of words to do with 'work'.
Intermediate
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Boardroom Equality in Norway
Norway said it would force companies to guarantee that at least 40 percent of board members are women. The proposal also says that at least 40 percent of board members have to be men. (Business, gender issues, quotas, direct speech to indirect speech.)
Upper-Intermediate
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No More Embarrassment
A London clinic is charging stressed professionals $5,680 to drill a hole in their armpits, snip away their nerve endings and eliminate their blushes for good. (Blushing, operations, predicting from headlines, comprehension, simple past verb forms, working out meanings from context.)
Intermediate
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What Would You Do?
A warmer about job interviews to get Business English students thinking and discussing.
Intermediate
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Blondes
After listening to her boss repeatedly call her a "dumb blonde" in front of colleagues, a Brazilian woman sued him and won $1,300 in moral damages plus recognition that she was unduly fired -- which paves the way for more compensation. (discrimination, racism, C.V writing, dictagloss, adjectives used to talk about personal qualities and skills)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Blondes Earn Less
"Blondes Earn Less"! Can it be true? Well, according to research in Iceland, it is! (Pay rates, personal appearance, Iceland, Descriptions - what do they look like?)
Elementary
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A Couple of TOEIC Questions
Anna answers a couple of questions from Japan about the TOEIC test.
Intermediate
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A Bad Job Interview
You know your job interview did not go well when your interviewer calls the police to arrest you. (Bizarre crime stories, job interviews, finish the sentence, sequencing, categorizing vocabulary, comprehension, write a headline, role play, word find puzzle, complete a picture, giving advice - you should / you shouldn't / don't forget to... )
Pre-Intermediate
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Looking Up
Tall people earn considerably more money throughout their lives than their shorter coworkers, with each inch adding about $789 a year in pay, according to a new study. (Successful people, employment, sharing points of view, completing a table, scrambled words, true, false or not given, words made with 'short', talking about employment problems and problem solving game.)
Intermediate
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Let's Talk About Scars
Students always have one or two interesting tales to tell and this activity invariably helps students to learn things about each other which in turn leads to further interesting discussion.
Pre-Intermediate
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Worksheet - Questions - Intermediate
Anna shows us a drawing of Wolfie, and tells us a little about questions for Intermediate students!
Intermediate
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Scientists Go Back to the Future
British scientists hope to exhume the body of a young woman who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic to examine the virus that claimed up to 40 million lives worldwide. (Flu, pandemics, true/ false/not mentioned, verbs that take the infinitive or -ing forms, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Cold and Flu
Scratchy throats, stuffy noses and body aches all spell misery, but being able to tell if the cause is a cold or flu may make a difference in how long the misery lasts. (Health, colds and influenza, signs and symptoms, remedies, present simple active and passive, zero conditional.)
Intermediate
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Delivering The Mail
This is about postalworkers who won't deliver the mail when it's too cold and postalworkers using scooters to deliver mail. (Transport, mail, jobs, addressing, France, Canada, the weather, the present simple, the present continuous.)
Elementary
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*Anna Grammar* - Present Simple - Elementary
Another Anna Grammar Worksheet, this one about the present simple for Elementary students.
Elementary
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Sentence Snakes - Present Simple Tense Forms
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
Elementary
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Loans for Hope
Maqsood is one of more than 1,600 beneficiaries of a micro-credit program launched by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan. The program provides interest-free loans to disabled Afghans eager to start their own small-sized businesses. There is also an interview with the founder of SPBD, a microfinance organisation in Samoa. (Microeconomics, microfinance, Afghanistan, jigsaw reading, vocabulary in context, comprehension, past perfect, synonyms, discussion.)
Intermediate
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The Most Powerful Man In Music
The new album is nearly here, and U2's lead singer Bono is the most powerful man in music, and not just because of his singing, says a poll of top music business people. (Bono and U2, music and politics, reading for overall understanding, reading for detail, true or false, because, gap fill, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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Happy Birthday!
Fifty came with a televised bash, celebrity friends and a black-tie dinner, but Oprah Winfrey is having a low-key 60th birthday at home in California. Bill Clinton, turning 60, hated being so old. (Birthays, listening comprehension, talking about birthday celebrations, scanning, writing questions, jigsaw reading, Grammar - the present continuous to describe an action in progress.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Party Time!
Famous! Britain's second richest man spent $17.5 million on a party for 600 guests on a luxury liner. He is known for being very careful with his money, but he treated his guests to a week of luxury living and exclusive entertainment. (Entertaining friends, parties, Britain's second richest man, prediction, true or false, verbs 'spend' and 'sell', crossword.)
Elementary
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AK-47
Famous! Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 rifle, said he was proud of developing the rifle but wishes he'd designed something to help people instead - like a lawnmower... or... (Weaponry, inventions, discussion, word order, reading for detail, the structure "I wish I had..." crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Sentence Snakes - "Don't Have To" vs "Mustn't"
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
Intermediate
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ATM Thieves
There has been a huge increase in Japan in the number of robbers using large diggers to remove automated teller machines (ATMs) from the lobbies of banks. (Bizarre crimes, construction and crime, vocabulary, matching pictures and words, predicting from the headline, main idea, reading for detail, reading carefully, before / after + -ing, pair crossword, gap fill.)
Elementary
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'Must, Mustn't and Didn't Have To' - Worksheet
Anna presents a worksheet about must, mustn't and didn't have to. You must have a look: Wolfie is quoted!
Intermediate
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"May, Might and Could" - Worksheet
This might be an Anna Grammar worksheet about may, might and could.
Intermediate
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Hiss!
The world's longest snake - perhaps. Also, snake pits in Canada! (Snakes, nature, Canada, tourism, punctuation, 'used to / be used to' and gerunds.)
Upper-Intermediate
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