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The Great Green Wall
The Sahel area, straddling 27 countries, has now been mapped in detail showing where and how to create Africa’s Great Green Wall. Some 166 million hectares of land have been identified for restoration - nearly three times the size of Kenya or France. The Great Green Wall project was launched by the African Union to combat desertification. (Great Great Wall, Sahara, Africa, FAO, reversing desertification, sustainability.)
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Bags to Boats
The beaches of Kenya’s idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional houses, mansions, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. One man has decided to design traditional sailing boats from recycled plastic. (Plastic bags, Kenya, boat building, effects of plastic on environment, matching information, discussion.)
Intermediate
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A Lot On Your Plate
One in six U.S. parents say their teen has tried a diet that is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan or paleo at some point in the last two years. “Parents should recognize that this is part of normal adolescent development toward becoming an independent adult; with that in mind, try to avoid seeing the situation as a challenge to parental authority,” a researcher said. (Teenagers, nutrition, diets, celebrations, Thanksgiving, shopping, pair crossword and conditionals.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Bikesharing: Way To Go!
There are orange, yellow and other brightly coloured rental bikes in cities in Asia. The bikes are outside train stations and condo gates. (prepositions of place)
Elementary
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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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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Gerunds
Gerunds are words formed with verbs (base verb + -ing) that act as nouns. Practice using them to talk about what you hope to do.
Intermediate
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Rapping For The Party
In his baseball cap and baggy yellow t-shirt, the rap star Li Yijie - better known by his stage name “Pissy” - is an unlikely face of China’s strait-laced ruling Communist Party. is group, Tianfu Shibian, has won fans and the support of the party’s youth league with songs like “Force of Red” and “This is China” that chime with President Xi Jinping’s nationalist vision of China and its place in the world. (Music, millennials, politics, Communist Party.)
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Chocolate!
Chocolate and um... chocolate. Chocolate festivals and eating chocolate mindfully at Halloween. (Festivals, food)
Upper-Intermediate
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Fence Them Out
Wildlife rangers in Australia’s outback have started building a 185 km (115 miles) electrified enclosure to protect native animals from pests such as feral cats, which are threatening some species with extinction. (Conservation, pests, endangered animals.)
Intermediate
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He's Over Roads
Benjamin David swims to work in Munich. He was tired of taking a bus or bike to work every day on congested streets. Now he gets into the River Isar and swims to work. (Transport, adjectives.)
Elementary
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Child Brides
The hidden economic costs of child marriage: this warmer gets students talking, forming questions and scanning for information.
Intermediate
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Growing Well At School
Planting a successful school garden requires a lot more than just soil, seeds and water, say researchers who have come up with a planning tool that can help ensure school gardens thrive and endure.
Intermediate
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Waste Warriors
Naz is one of five Afghan refugee women who are not only battling traditional gender roles by going out to work, but who have also become unlikely warriors in the Indian capital's fight to curb plastic waste pollution. (Refugees, small businesses, dealing with plastic waste, India.)
Advanced
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Not Enough Room For More Fish In The Sea??
Lizzie Carr is on a mission. She recently became the first woman to cross the English Channel solo on a paddle-board to draw attention to the "global plastic crisis". From fishing lines to flip flops, there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world's oceans. (Global plastic crisis, oceans, working for a cause.)
Upper-Intermediate
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"Overfishing"
An Upper-Intermediate Max Vocabulary Worksheet that looks at words connected the exploitation of fisheries. Students can work with excerpts from three Reuters article about overfishing and conservation.
Upper-Intermediate
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Bug Off?
Trying new foods. This lesson is centered around different articles about bugs as a food. Australians can buy chocolate-covered bugs and cricket lollipops. Germans bored with food crowded into a restaurant in Berlin to try insects, but people in Belgium aren't too sure.(Restaurants and unusual menus, reading in detail, true or false, discussion, some/any, much/many and ordering a hamburger.)
Elementary
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Working Dogs
Many California tech companies are encouraging employees to bring their dogs to the office, saying their presence can boost productivity, relieve stress and improve the work environment.
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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It's All Relative...
We use non-defining relative clauses to give extra information about the person or thing. It is not necessary information. We don’t need it to understand who or what is being referred to. This warmer gets students thinking about sentence formation and non-defining clauses.
Intermediate
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"Rather" and "Quite" - Anna Grammar Worksheet
Rather and quite are adverbs used to suggest we think something to a degree. They are called moderating adverbs. We can use them to modify adjectives or other adverbs. Check out this worksheet.
Intermediate
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Allergies
Do pets in fact help kids to overcome allergies? Exposing babies to puppies and other furry pets might help them accumulate two types of bacteria in their gut that are associated with a lower risk of allergies and obesity (Health, pets, asthma, allergies)
Upper-Intermediate
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U.S. Makers Moving Homeward?
Why move production from the world's low-cost workshop back to a unionized U.S. factory where wages are six times higher than in China? Efficiency. Monster Moto's experience is an example of the obstacles American companies face as they, along with President Donald Trump, try to rebuild American manufacturing. (Business, China, the United States, brainstorming, despite and however.)
Advanced
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We Want To Learn
Iraqi girls are back at school in Mosul, Iraq after years of life under Islamic State. "We want to learn, we do not want to be ignorant," said one student.
Intermediate
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Memories ....
Tiny memory cards and fluffy teddy bears are among the most popular items for North Koreans shopping in Dandong, China's gateway city to its neighbor. (North Korea, souvenirs, television shows, influence of media.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Life In the Dry Zone
Myo Myint fondly remembers when his one-acre farm regularly produced 100 baskets of rice. But as rainfall became erratic, he started growing betel leaves, a less thirsty cash crop. This summer, the 50-year-old is considering leaving fallow his land in Myanmar's central "Dry Zone". (Drought, climate change, Myanmar, water conservation and irrigation sensors)
Advanced
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The Students Who Are In The Classroom Next Door...
Students think about defining relative clauses and relative pronouns as they form sentences.
Intermediate
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I Dare You .....
An Australian teenager who was bitten by a crocodile when he jumped into a river in northern Queensland on a dare is now recovering in hospital and looking forward to a date with the British backpacker he was trying to impress.(Truth and dares, sequencing, Australia and crocodiles, find someone who game, discussion on how to impress other people.)
Intermediate
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Canned Air
A Chinese company is selling lots of cans of fresh air. The air costs 48 yuan ($6.95). It comes from a forest in western China. The bottles will last for 2 minutes. (Business, air pollution, China.)
Elementary
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Medical Max
An Upper-Intermediate Max Vocabulary Worksheet that looks at words connected with medicine. Students can work with excerpts from three Reuters article about medical procedures treatments.
Upper-Intermediate
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Girlfriend App
As millions in China head home to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with their families, 24-year-old Luoluo is busy answering messages on a mobile app from desperate men looking to hire an instant girlfriend whom they can present to mom and dad. (Dating apps, phrasal verbs.)
Upper-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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Free Time ....
People tend to become less involved with community work and social groups as they age, but those who were most active in their high school years are the most likely to stay engaged as they age, researchers say. (Community involvement, young people and older people and involvement.)
Intermediate
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Enslaved
Pimp turned do-gooder Kaushic Biswas has swapped the brothel for the kitchen and is now teaching the sort of women he once exploited how to cook their way out of sex trafficking. (Slavery and forced labor.)
Advanced
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Groundhog Day
Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog with an even more famous shadow, came out of his burrow on Thursday and predicted a long North American winter. (Groundhog Day, interview with a woodchuck, first conditional.)
Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 13 February 2017
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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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Raw Deals for Dads
With more British men wanting to take an active role in raising their children, are workplaces preventing fathers from spending more time at home, asks an inquiry launched on Monday, with men's rights groups calling for a "childcare revolution". (Dads and dads' rights, parenting and the workplace.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Dancing on Ice
It is a very cold morning in Budapest. Elderly Hungarians are ice dancing in the beautiful City Park Ice Rink. They skate to keep fit. (Old people and fitness, the present continuous tense, ice dancing.)
Elementary
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First Lady A Climber
Scientists using sophisticated scanning technology on the fossil bones of the ancient human ancestor from Ethiopia dubbed "Lucy" have determined that she was adept at climbing trees as well as walking. (Lucy and fossils, gerund following preposition.)
Upper-Intermediate
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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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Sentence Snakes - Saying Thank You
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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Beauty Beyond the Skin
With its evening gowns, celebrity judges and tears of joy, the beauty pageant in Nairobi was like others elsewhere, except for one thing - all 20 contestants who strutted, sashayed and swaggered down the catwalk had albinism. (Beauty, albinos, discrimination, Kenya.)
Advanced
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Conservation - Endangered Animals
An Upper-Intermediate Max Vocabulary Worksheet that looks at words connected with conservation. Students can work with excerpts from three Reuters article about conservation and endangered species.
Upper-Intermediate
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Antibiotic Misuse
If drug-resistant infections in people and animals are allowed to spread unchecked, some 28 million people will fall into poverty by 2050, and a century of progress in health will be reversed, the World Bank said on Monday. (Overuse of antibiotics, farming, drugs, World Bank.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Dancing in Cuba
Catherine Conley is the first American to study full-time at Cuba's famous National Ballet School. (Ballet, Cuba, going to.)
Elementary
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'This and That, These and Those'
An Anna Grammar worksheet that practices using the demonstratives "this, that, these and those".
Intermediate
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Endangered Animals! SOS!
This warmer gets students talking about environmental issues. Students discuss decisions made at U.N. meeting on wildlife trade in South Africa.
Intermediate
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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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Soccer Speaks
On a muggy day in late July, dozens of student refugees ran relentlessly after a soccer ball, stopping only to help up a fellow player who had slipped. (Writing questions, matching sentence beginnings and endings, ordering a text, giving an opinion)
Upper-Intermediate
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Bikes Against Trafficking
Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order, www.drukpa.org/index.php/en/ on Saturday complete a 4,000-km (2,485 mile) bicycle trek from Nepal's Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote region. (Human trafficking, disaster relief, Buddhist nuns, extraordinary journeys.)
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