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Ducks and Locusts
China is using ducks to stop locusts from destroying valuable crops, but the ducks will probably then be eaten in restaurants. (Pests, locusts, prediction, reading for the main idea, sequencing, true or false, discussion, in and into, recipe.)
Elementary
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Never Ending Weekend
This is a good Monday morning warmer to knock everyone from the slumber of the weekend.
Intermediate
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"Each" and "Every"
Anna explains the difference between the words 'each' and 'every'.
Intermediate
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Group Sentences 1
This warmer is good for mingling, and getting students talking and moving.
Intermediate
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"Did you have" Vs "Had you"
I have a lovely student who just can't seem to grasp the idea that we say, "did you have . . ." she always wants to say "had you . . ." and although she knows that her form is wrong she needs a better explanation than I can give her! Can you help?
Intermediate
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Cleaning Up Their Acts
With its landfill sites almost full, Japan has launched a plan to halve the amount of trash it buries. Meanwhile, Ireland battles a price of economic success: a waste disposal crisis. From a third island nation, New Zealand, comes a possible waste management solution. (Waste management, environmentally friendly waste management systems, matching sentence beginnings and endings, listening for information, true or false, choose the best answer, using 'also', understanding a process diagram.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Uncountable Nouns
Anna answers a question from Brazil about uncountable nouns.
Intermediate
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International Treaty Against Smoking
More than 190 countries approved the first international treaty against smoking, including an advertising ban, aimed at kicking a habit that kills nearly 5 million people a year. (Antismoking, WHO, complete the headline, scanning, reading carefully, summarizing, relative clauses, information exchange, debate, complete the drawing.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Atwood's 'Oryx and Crake'
Celebrated Canadian author Margaret Atwood has released a novel about a deadly virus that wipes out civilization. 'Oryx and Crake' is bound to touch a few nerves in her home country and around a world still plagued with the fear of SARS. (Science Fiction, the future, SARS, text organization, true, false or not given, choose the best answer, sequencing, discussion, words with similar spellings, acronyms, find someone who game - books and reading.) Warning: Adult themes.
Advanced
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Animal Hunt
This Warmer revises vocabulary and creates lexical sets around 'animals'.
Elementary
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Student Wins Geography Prize
A 14-year-old who is taught at home by his mother beat 54 other students to win the title of U.S. National Geographic Bee champion and a prize worth $25,000. (Geography, competitions, homeschooling, sequencing, thinking carefully, describing and comparing two pictures game, word find puzzle.)
Pre-Intermediate
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No-Frills Cinema
The world's first no-frills cinema is opening in Britain promising tickets from just 20 pence -- but with no popcorn or blockbuster movies on show. (Cinemas and movies, quick survey, gap fill, choosing a headline, scanning, true or false, have to..., brainstorming, movie crossword, peer dictation.)
Intermediate
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"There's many" Vs "There are many"
Some people tend to say "There's many different kinds..." should it not be "There are many different kinds..."? Well, yes and no!
Intermediate
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Contradictions
Use this Warmer to practice giving short contradictory replies to statements.
Pre-Intermediate
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Gemstones
This warmer is an interesting way to practice the first conditional (If + present simple..., will / won't...) by asking students to decide on something to buy.
Intermediate
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"I will" and "I'm going to"
Can you tell me good way to teach the difference between "I will..." and "I am going to..."?
Intermediate
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Tallest Building
The world's tallest building in Dubai is 828 meters (2,717 ft) high. (Burj Khalifa, Taipei 101, world's tallest buildings, discussion, comprehension, reading for specific information, reference words, identifying nouns, comparative and superlative structures, shouting dictation, information gap game.)
Elementary
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Country Countdown
This is a Warmer that revises vocabulary and creates lexical sets around 'countries'.
Intermediate
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A PETA Protest
The leader of a prominent animal rights group said she had drawn up a will directing that her flesh be barbecued and her skin used to make leather products in protest at people's ill-treatment of animals. (Animal rights, guessing the meanings of words in context, scanning, true or false, summarizing, discussion, dialogue build, reported speech.) Please Note: The material contained in today's article may be disturbing to some students.
Intermediate
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"Since" and "Because"
What is the difference between "since" and "because"? When do you use each of these and in what situations?
Intermediate
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The Genitive
Three weeks’ leave – but three years old – three months pregnant. Why?
Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Face
This warmer looks at idiomatic phrases to do with the word 'face' and can be used before the Lower-Intermediate Instant Lesson 'Top Dog May Be Cheat'.
Pre-Intermediate
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Tattoo for the Doctor
An 85 year-old widow is so determined not to be resuscitated against her will by doctors that she has tattooed the words "Do Not Resuscitate" across her chest. (Rights of patients, tattoos, finding the main idea, vocabulary in context, information search, a, an or the, discussion, 'Who am I?' game, dialogue.)
Pre-Intermediate
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If I were... a dog?!
This is an entertaining way to practice the second conditional and takes little preparation.
Intermediate
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Pampered Pets
The British, long ridiculed for pampering their pets, can now indulge their cats with a costly kidney transplant. Vets estimate the cost in Britain at between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds ($12,600 and $15,800). (Pets, cats, dogs, transplants, luxury holidays, discussion, understanding the headline, skim reading, true or false, punctuation, parts of speech, debate.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Today's News
Anna answers a question from Singapore: If possessives can be strung together, like: 'my son's friend's house is big', then why does 'my today's news is good' sound so wrong?
Intermediate
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Top Dog May Be Cheat?
The canine winner of the world's biggest dog show may be stripped of its title after being accused of having a secret facelift, the Times newspaper reported. (Dog shows, cosmetic surgery, dog breeding, facial expressions, understanding text organization, jumbled questions, active and passive, matching terms and definitions, sentences game.)
Intermediate
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Winning and Losing
A NZ$200,000 ($112,000) dispute between two New Zealand companies has been resolved in an unusual out-of-court settlement -- an arm-wrestling match. (Business, disputes, discussion, sentence order, writing questions, comprehension, a/an/the, prefix 'un', pair crossword, correct or incorrect game--the apostrophe for possession.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Donor Debate
A Moldovan woman, desperate to feed her family, decides to sell one of her kidneys to a rich Westerner for $3,000 - - more than a year’s salary for the donor, peanuts to the recipient. Is it an act of exploitation in Europe’s poorest country or a lifesaving transaction which could and should be regulated? (Body organ trading, understanding the main idea, understanding viewpoints, summarizing, discussion, words in context.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Auction, Auction
This is a good warmer for reviewing large numbers and guarantees student attention.
Pre-Intermediate
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Behind Schedule
What does "behind schedule" mean?
Intermediate
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
What are the differences between an idiom and a phrasal verb?
Intermediate
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Sharon's Game - Homophones
This warmer is a lively way to review homophones and get some exercise!
Intermediate
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Shopper Guilt
Do you ever wonder why you have a closet full of items you never use or have used just once? Canadian researchers found that retail shoppers often buy from helpful salespeople because they want to reciprocate a personal connection. (Shopping, relationships, discussion, multiple choice questions, true or false, conditional, matching, survey.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Sharon's Game - Homonyms
This warmer is a fun way for students to show off their vocabulary knowledge and artistic skills.
Intermediate
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How To Spot The Hit
Picking the next worldwide hit song could soon be as easy as running a software program that is designed to spot the hits before they are released. (Hit songs, record companies, predicting using a headline, correcting mistakes, complete the information, writing questions, talking about music game, infinitive of purpose, role play.)
Intermediate
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By and Until
When to use "by" and when to use "until".
Intermediate
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Vocabulary Bingo
This warmer from Pascal brings excitement into vocabulary review and can be used for all levels.
Intermediate
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Chinese Students Return Home
China began letting more of its students out into the world in the late 1970s. But it is only recently that foreign-trained Chinese have begun to return, lured by a booming economy and more opportunities in the growing number of private companies and foreign firms that now have offices in China. (China, students, employment, scanning, comprehension, gap fill, true, false or not given, the suffix 'ee', role play, essay topic.)
Advanced
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"Most Friendly"
There's an advertisement that uses the phrase "The Most Friendly Airline". What do you think about that?
Intermediate
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Missing Mouse
A missing mouse kept a Swiss airplane on the ground for more than a day while officials put carbon dioxide into the plane's cargo hold to kill it. (Air travel, strange but true stories, predicting, constructing questions, information exchange, main idea, sequencing, infinitive of purpose, word find puzzle, air travel vocabulary, ranking, summarizing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Survivor English
This warmer encourages spoken fluency and also looks at a useful grammar point that doesn't get a lot of attention in the text books.
Intermediate
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Hyperactivity
Some hyperactive children thought to be suffering from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder may just be overtired because they are bad sleepers or heavy snorers. (ADHD and sleep disorders, brainstorming, complete the sentence, matching sentence beginnings and endings, true or false, writing a headline, features of headlines, writing a news report, dictation, prefixes.)
Intermediate
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Angry!
Max tells us about words to do with anger!
Intermediate
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"as though" and "as if"
How can I explain the difference between "as though" and "as if"?
Intermediate
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The Business of First Impressions
You have 10 seconds; no more than 90. That's how long it takes to form a first impression, which for business travelers can ultimately sink or seal a deal. (Business etiquette, preparing for a meeting, making a good first impression, understanding the headline, finding ideas, business crossword, thinking carefully, writing an e-mail, ordering text game, conditionals and even.)
Advanced
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Police Cars For Sale
A Charlotte, N.C. company, Government Acquisitions, has come up with a plan to provide police departments free cruisers in exchange for having the cars sport advertising reminiscent of blurbs seen on NASCAR race cars. (Police departments and advertising, discussion, sequencing, matching information, true, false or not mentioned, expressing an opinion, listing advantages or disadvantages, have / get something done ...)
Upper-Intermediate
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Smiling Cities
Smiling can be a thankless task in some British cities, where a survey shows not many people smile back. (Human behavior, friendliness in big cities, asking and answering questions, information exchange, true or false, a, an, the, pair crossword, research project, discussion.)
Elementary
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Idioms - True and False - Sport
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Intermediate
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Does 'the' in names have a capital 'T'?
In the sentence "I study at the University of Florida" is "the" with a capital letter as part of the name, or not?
Intermediate
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