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Gooooooaaaaaal!
Soccer: "The referee found the ball at his feet in front of the goal, kicked it into the net, then signaled a goal." The referee later resigned. This is a strange sports story. (Soccer, sports, referees, umpires, judges, guessing vocabulary by context, using 'when' and 'while' to connect two actions in the past.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Finnish Grapes
Grapes will soon ripen for wine production in Finland using warm water from a nuclear reactor cooling system. (Technology, farming, dictionary work, using 'will' to talk about a future fact.)
Elementary
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Vocabulary - Duper
A student in Brazil wanted more information about the word "duper" so Anna gives Andrea a hand. As an update, Anna also responds to more letters about this word: one from Deborah in New Zealand and another from Beth in the USA.
Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 7 February 2002
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English stories are boring
Peter from Hong Kong asks whether Anna thinks his teacher is correct about the need to read more English stories.
Intermediate
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I Saw You Last Weekend
This is a good Monday morning warmer that will make even the more timid students speak up.
Intermediate
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Birds of a Feather
Singapore is fighting an army of crows plaguing its high-rise apartments. Rome is battling swarms of starlings that swoop down on Rome's historic piazzas and baroque churches by broadcasting bird "distress calls'' over loudspeakers. (Scientific study, pests, proverbs, writing letters, relative clauses.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Wild Elephants
Wild elephants killed four people and injured 15 others while rampaging through two villages in southeastern Bangladesh. (Problems related to protecting endangered animals, elephants, the Simple Past and Simple Present Tenses.)
Elementary
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The Drinks are on Me
A businessman offered to pay for everybody's drinks at a British nightclub, and ended up with a bill for more than 42,000 pounds ($59,000). (Alcohol rules and laws, drinking alcohol, spending a lot of money on others, non-defining relative clauses.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Verb forms - Present perfect simple and continuous
Elisabeth from France asks about "unfinished actions".
Intermediate
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World's Oldest Man Dies
The world's oldest man, 112-year-old Antonio Todde from Sardinia, has died. His life has been a part of a scientific study. A remarkable number of Sardinia's 1.6 million inhabitants live through a century. Some 135 people per million live to see their 100th birthday while the western average is nearer 75. (Secrets of a long life, habits and lifestyle, scientific studies, prepositions.)
Intermediate
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Knitwise
Max talks about the history of such warming words as cardigan, jersey, sweater, jumper, pullover and balaclava.
Intermediate
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Fluency Dice
Jane from the UK says this is a really popular and motivating warmer with her students.
Intermediate
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Traveling Great Whites
Great white sharks have always been thought to stay in their own small territories. However, a new study shows that these massive creatures are in fact world travelers, with some swimming thousands of miles into the open ocean on mysterious migrations. (The passive, punctuation, Internet research)
Upper-Intermediate
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Amnesia
This warmer is a good way of practising questions and Eliana from Brazil says her students have a lot of fun with it.
Pre-Intermediate
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Participle clauses
Cherie's 'friend' from New Zealand wants to know about relative clauses and participles. Anna helps out ...
Intermediate
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Warning: Money
Do you think that having lots of money can make you become a nicer person? See what Americans think! Can it make you happy? A British survey seems to think so! (Money, surveys, wealth, modal verbs 'can' & 'can't')
Pre-Intermediate
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What You Read is What You Get
A London real estate agency believes in telling it like it is in its advertisements, for example: "Almost certainly the scruffiest two-bedroom flat we've seen for a long time." (Real estate ads, honesty in descriptions, euphemisms, writing descriptions of houses, adjectives, adjective order, describing things in positive and negative ways.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Stowaway Cat
This is about an international rescue mission to rescue a New Zealand cat that stowed away on a ship to South Korea. (Ships, ports, rescue, stowaway, quarantine, phone call, use of "tried to... but... too...".)
Elementary
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We Do!
Policemen in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh played fathers of the bride when an orphan they raised at their police station got married. (Police, weddings, public safety and rescue workers, different forms of the word "marry".)
Pre-Intermediate
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Find A Good Match
In order to review vocabulary and phonetic transcription, students need to find someone who has a card that matches theirs.
Intermediate
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Used to
Anna settles an argument on ways to present the auxiliary verb 'used to' to a class.
Intermediate
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Stolen Animals
Criminals steal an estimated 38 million animals from Brazil's forests each year. A recent report has estimated that local traffickers of endangered animals earn about $1 billion a year, causing untold losses to the country's natural habitat. (Smuggling, synonyms, the passive, participle clauses, word forms, suffixes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Vocabulary - Chic
Anna looks at the comparative forms of this word and talks about pronunciation.
Intermediate
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Verbs - Have to
Lan Phuong asks about the use of "have to".
Intermediate
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Verb forms - Teaching the present perfect
Hasan from the UK asks for some tips on teaching the present perfect. Anna suggests some exercises and recommends some Instant Lessons that also deal with this potentially tricky verb form.
Intermediate
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Quantifiers - many and a lot of
Chomyaen asks about having a lot of friends and many friends.
Intermediate
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Quantifiers - lots of/a lot of
Francisca from Argentina asks about the use of "lots of" and "a lot of".
Intermediate
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Pronunciation - past verb endings
Patricia from the USA asks for help with the teaching of /id/, /t/ and /d/ verb endings. Anna suggests a number of tried and true drills.
Intermediate
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Prepositions - like/as, in/on
Lea from USA asks about the use of these prepositions.
Intermediate
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Prepositions - in/on/at
Anna answers a letter from Spain and suggests using an Instant Lesson to provide some practice.
Intermediate
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Modals - should have/must have
Ducpham from Vietnam asks how to use these two modals in the past. In her reply, Anna talks about job interviews.
Intermediate
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Do us proud
A letter from France asks Anna about "You do us proud". Anna gives a musical reply ....
Intermediate
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Water, water everywhere...
Many of the world's freshwater lakes face death by pollution, resulting in catastrophe for the human populations that depend on them. Experts have warned that there is not a lake left on the planet that is not already being affected by human activities. (Discourse markers, text structure, participles as relative clauses.)
Advanced
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Lost and Found
A British tourist who lost a gold-plated watch while on holiday in Malta found a gold ring on her way to a police station to report her loss. (Losing and finding, holidays, travel, honesty, relative clauses using "who".)
Elementary
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Hello
A tactile warmer to practice vocabulary for greetings.
Pre-Intermediate
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Conditionals - I wish I were
Lesley from Argentina asks about the difference between was and were in conditional sentences.
Intermediate
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Eye in the Sky
This is about a bank robber in Vancouver who was caught by the police because he used a taxi with a global positioning system to try and escape. (Crime, high-tech, Canada, transport, escapes, simple past tense.)
Elementary
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Six questions from Vietnam
Anna answers questions about vocabulary, pronunciation, ever/never and the use of articles.
Intermediate
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Fly Away Peter, Fly Away Paul
Thirteen tiny endangered songbirds stopped a Cathay Pacific Airways jet after a flight attendant heard them in a passenger's hand luggage just before takeoff. (Smuggling, endangered species, travel, scanning, joining words.)
Intermediate
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A State of Emergency
Italy has declared a state of environmental emergency in Venice, one of its most popular tourist destinations. "Extraordinary measures are needed because of the high levels of pollution," said Federica Cingolani, the environment ministry press secretary. "The states of emergency could last a year but it will be up to local officials to decide." (Pollution, Italy, tourism, collocations Writing / Peer Editing.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Crossword Relay
An energetic warmer to practise learned vocabulary and spelling.
Elementary
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Stress
Researchers have found that people with optimistic personalities are only half as likely as their more pessimistic counterparts to develop heart disease. Also, a Berlin car recycling center has come up with a novel way to win customers and reduce the public's need for therapists: car smashing. However, let's not forget that another study suggests that certain types of stress may boost the immune system. (Stress, health, optimism and pessimism, use of "likely".)
Upper-Intermediate
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What's your name?
A good warmer for the first day of a new term or for a class that doesn't know each other and are reluctant to interact.
Intermediate
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What's This in My Yogurt?
Fifty tubs of fake yogurt containing sensors will be hidden in French supermarkets to test the efficiency of cold storage in the distribution system. A break in the "cold chain" -- the non-stop refrigeration needed to preserve food such as dairy, meat, fish and frozen dishes -- can heighten the risk of bacteria such as listeria which can cause an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. (Bacteria, health, food storage, "will" + infinitive used about official arrangements in the future.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Drunken Wedding
A British student went to Las Vegas, had a few drinks and got married. His problem was that he already had a girlfriend, and she was not pleased to hear that he had married a complete stranger. (Travel, strange stories, marriage, ordering events, apologizing.)
Elementary
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Confusables - older and eldest
Anna is asked to clarify the difference between elder/eldest and older/oldest.
Intermediate
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Picture this!
A cool little warmer where students introduce themselves by drawing pictures which represent aspects of their personality.
Intermediate
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Model E Ford
Ford Motor Co.'s unprecedented scheme to give its 350,000 employees free personal computers and printers has been canceled due to an auto industry slowdown and fallout from the September 11th attacks on the United States. (E-mail memo, job descriptions, communicative crosswords, pair dictation.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Mother and Father Christmas
Under European Union sex equality rules, Father Christmas does not need a "Mother Christmas" partner. Also Santas with their own beards earn more money. (letter of complaint, job advertisement, the roles of men and women)
Intermediate
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Meet Prof Wolfie

Intermediate
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