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Shaking hands between the trenches
The last known surviving allied veteran of the Christmas Truce that saw German and British soldiers shake hands between the trenches in World War One died Monday at 109, his parish priest said...Troops in the trenches swapped cigarettes, uniform buttons and addresses and even played football in one of the most extraordinary episodes of the war. (War, Christmas, peace, friendship, memories, predicting, true, false or not given, comprehension, thinking carefully.)
Intermediate
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What's Your Problem?
This warmer is great for putting some energy back into a class. (Making small talk, following instructions.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Three Language Questions
Anna answers three grammar questions asked by a difficult student!
Intermediate
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Word Order - All Correct?
Anna says a range of word orders are all 'correct', and her Linguistic Professor friend agrees, except he doesn't like using the word, 'correct'!
Intermediate
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Money Money Money
An Irish winner has won of Europe's biggest lottery prizes - 115 million euros ($139.2 million) in the EuroMillions jackpot. The woman has five children of whom the youngest two still live at the family home. Her youngest son, 13, cycled around telling excited friends he would like to buy a horse and go on holiday. (Lottery jackpots, unreal situations, second conditional, discussion, comprehension, giving an opinion, sequencing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Would You Like A Drink?
This warmer gets learners practicing how to order a drink at a cafe.
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Future Perfect (UpInt)
The Future Perfect expresses an action that will be completed before a certain time in the future. This worksheet gives you practice with this form at the Upper-Intermediate level.
Upper-Intermediate
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"ed" and "ing" Adjectives - Anna Grammar Worksheet
This worksheet looks at -ed and -ing adjectives and has two practice exercises for Upper-Intermediate students.
Upper-Intermediate
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?Tag Questions? - Anna Grammar Worksheet
An explanation and exercises on the use of tag questions.
Pre-Intermediate
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That's pretty wacky!
This warmer gets learners asking and answering questions. Don't do it when you are hungry though...
Elementary
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Trouble At The Top
Leading celebrity photographer Mario Testino has defended Kate Moss after she lost lucrative modeling contracts over allegations of cocaine abuse: "I know Kate very well and I don't think she's at all tormented, torrid, depressed." (Famous models, alcohol abuse, drugs, judging or forgiving someone, word hunt, true or false, comprehension.)
Intermediate
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Usage - 'Like'
Anna answers a question about the use of 'like'. She uses it like this, but others use it like that!
Intermediate
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Vocabulary - Missing Word! Excuses.
Anna answers a question about a word that seems to be missing from English: 'the behaviour of making excuses'!
Intermediate
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Usage - You are recommended to do
Anna answers a question from Canada about using "recommended". Anna has a recommendation!
Intermediate
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When was it built?
An icebreaker about famous buildings to practise using the passive, asking and answering questions and to practise listening and gap filling.
Pre-Intermediate
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Believing the Web
More than 70 percent of adults aged 50 or older use some type of alternative medicine, such as herbal medicine, meditation, or seeing a chiropractor, according to new study findings. New strategies are needed to help assure the quality of information on the Internet; not all information is true. (Alternatives to conventional medicine, health information on the Internet, comprehension, finding information, giving an opinion, word search, should, shouldn't, have to, doesn't have to, had to.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Protecting famous places
Italy tightens its security at famous places. (Famous places, the Tower of Pisa, passives, comprehension, ranking activity, writing a poem.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Quantifiers (UpInt)
Quantifiers (quantity words) are words that describe different amounts of things i.e a lot of, lots of, some, any, few, a few, a little, little, many and much. This worksheet has some rules and some practice for Upper-Intermediate students.
Upper-Intermediate
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Fish Soup And Buffalo Racing
Hungary's fish soup festival and Thailand's annual water-buffalo racing festival help preserve something special. (Hungary, Thailand, festivals, conservation, working with unknown words, completing a table of information, discussion, present simple tense: uses and spelling.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Present Perfect (PreInt)
A Pre-Intermediate worksheet with three exercises which looks at the main uses for the present perfect simple.
Pre-Intermediate
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Madagascar
Madagascar, which lies off the eastern coast of Africa and is home to thousands of species of animals found nowhere else on earth, has been severely damaged by a cyclone. (Madagascar, the environment, cyclones, disasters, Present Simple or Present Perfect Simple, used to or am used to.)
Upper-Intermediate
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'Articles: A, An or The' - Anna Grammar Worksheet
An Elementary Grammar Worksheet with exercises on the use of articles.
Elementary
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A Girl's Best Friend
For centuries diamonds have lured women up the aisle; in future they may drive them to work as engineers find a use for the precious stones in electric cars and other applications. Industry officials say the uses for diamonds are multiplying and advances in synthetic production have opened the floodgates to ever more innovative applications. (Diamonds, jewelry, industry, electric cars, comparing information, completing a table of information, matching names and definitions, passive.)
Advanced
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Listening Cloze
This ice-breaker gets students listening, reading and writing at the same time and hearing examples of the past perfect.
Pre-Intermediate
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Keeping the river flowing
The Jordan River is heavily polluted with sewage and is in danger of drying up after decades of conflict and intense agricultural use, environmentalists say. (Environment, agriculture, natural resources, religions, the Middle East, rivers, answering true or false questions, comprehension, cloze reading, reported speech, direct speech, team quiz.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Modals & Have to (PreInt)
A Pre-Intermediate worksheet and explanation of how we use modal verbs in different ways: to say that something is necessary, possible or to give advice.
Pre-Intermediate
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What Must I Do...?
Students hear about someone with a lot of serious problems. They listen, take notes and then give some strong advice!
Pre-Intermediate
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Have You Ever Milked A Goat...?
This lesson warmer or additional grammar exercise gets all students using the present perfect.
Intermediate
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"Anna Grammar Worksheet" - Past Continuous (Elem)
This Elementary Anna Grammar Worksheet looks at three uses of the past continuous tense.
Elementary
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Running over with Happiness
Dean Karnazes is 42-years-old and loves running - he often runs all night. R. Laurence Macon is 67 and sometimes runs 7 marathons a week. He runs while he works. (Marathon running, hobbies and free time, introductions, matching and discussion, making questions, comprehension, present simple, be, checking information.)
Elementary
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World's Largest Lesson 2005
All Level Lesson - WLL 2005.
Governments are doing far too little to remove unexploded bombs and landmines. Landmine Action said not only were children being killed and maimed as they unwittingly played with the brightly colored unexploded bomblets from cluster bombs, but land and antitank mines were slowing postwar aid delivery and development. (Landmines, world's largest lesson, postwar development.)
Intermediate
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I'd Like To Say Thank You...!
This Warmer practices speaking and saying thank you in a formal situation, using appropriate business English language expressions. It reviews verb patterns - verbs that take the infinitive. It gets students to listen for correct information, to practice listening to connected speech, and to practice listening and gap filling.
Intermediate
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"Am / Is / Are" - Elementary Worksheet
This Anna Grammar Worksheet looks at the use of am, is and are.
Elementary
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Food For Stairs
People who eat fruit, vegetables and dairy foods may not have problems with walking or climbing stairs when they are old. (Healthy diets, foods, old age, mobility, discussion, true or false, comprehension, possessive adjectives, questionnaire.)
Elementary
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Get To A Chair!
This Warmer get students to review lexical items and to categorize words. In this case, to review which nouns are countable and which are uncountable.
Elementary
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Back in Fashion
"We want gold to be contemporary, something that is young and people want to possess, to wear," says Bobby Godsell, chief executive of South African mining house AngloGold Ashanti, which last year mined six million ounces of gold worth $2.6 billion (1.4 million pounds). Gold is claiming more of the traditional markets for objects of desire. (Gold, luxury items, making choices, predicting from the text, comprehension, cloze reading, understanding figures, persuading someone.)
Advanced
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It's Mine, It's Yours
Revision of possessive pronouns and adjectives and pronunciation of pronouns and adjectives, using pair crosswords.
Elementary
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Mustn't and Don't Have To
Anna answers a question about mustn't and don't have to.
Intermediate
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Where Do They Go
This Weekly Warmer gets students to practice listening and reading at the same time, while discussing rules for definite and indefinite articles.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Past Simple - Elementary
Anna Grammar presents a Past Simple Worksheet for Elementary students.
Elementary
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Sentence Snakes - Infinitive of Purpose
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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Ethical Education
An Indian teenager fooled governments, the media and even the president into believing he had topped the world in a NASA science exam. Canadian university students cheated on an ethics course. (Dishonesty, plagiarizing, examinations, understanding the main idea, answering true, false or not given questions, describing past habits and routines, writing a questionnaire.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Using Past Tense for the Present
It isn't often that Anna uses the phrase "vestiges of the subjunctive", but she does in this answer to why we use the past tense in sentences like "I think it is about time we left," and "Isn't it about time you did your homework?"
Intermediate
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Roman Chariots in England
Archaeologists have found remains of a chariot racing track in Colchester. 8,000 people probably watched chariot races at the track. Archaeologist, Philip Crummy thinks the track is one of the most exciting things he has found. (History, chariot racing, archaeology, the Romans, brainstorming, comprehension, true or false, reading for understanding, comparative adjectives and superlative adjectives.)
Elementary
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Escaping a Date!
You're on a date, it's a disaster but there's no way out. A mobile phone company in Australia has a service offering an escape. All you have to do is dial three numbers and then hang up. The company will call you back a minute later with a perfect excuse to get you out of there. (Dating, relationships, quiz, predicting from the headline, reading for gist, crossword: telephone words, reading for understanding, functional language: making excuses, dialogues, have to and should.)
Pre-Intermediate
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What are you going to do this weekend?
This warmer encourages students to talk about plans, and learn about each other.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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What Were You Doing...?
This Warmer can be used at most levels to practice describing actions (using the Past Continuous).
Elementary
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Worksheet - Present Continuous - Elementary
Anna has put information and exercises about the Present Continuous in this worksheet for Elementary students.
Elementary
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Making/Taking A Decision
What is the difference between: "make a decision" and "take a decision" and when should we use them? - Bola, Germany
Intermediate
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Finished?
What's the difference between "are you finished" and "have you finished"? - Eva from France
Intermediate
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