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Signing a Petition
A baby elephant in Germany has signed a petition to protect wild elephants around the world, an environmental protection group says. (Ivory trade and elephants, ranking, predicting, writing questions, guessing the meanings of words in context, true or false, verb forms, short talks, describing an animal.)
Intermediate
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Knowing How to Drive a Car
Two Canadians learned that knowing how to drive a car is important when you want to steal one. (Bizarre crimes, matching pictures and information, gap fill, comprehension, to know how to do something, word find puzzle, discussion.)
Elementary
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Idioms - True and False - Food etc.
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Phrasal / Two-Word Verbs
Anna answers a question from Brazil about the difference between a verb using a preposition and a verb using a particle.
Intermediate
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Work Stress Health Woes
Healthy people with stressful jobs who work long hours but get little satisfaction from what they do have twice the risk of dying from heart disease as satisfied employees, according to a study. (Work stress and heart disease, causes of work stress, summarizing, matching information, discussion, interviews, suffix -ful, brainstorming.)
Upper-Intermediate
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New Pet Craze in Japan
Depressed by rising unemployment and an uncertain future, more and more Japanese are turning to an unlikely source of solace -- miniature pigs. (Unusual pets, scanning, matching details, true or false, choosing a headline, prefixes, percentages and numerical expressions.)
Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate
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Pampering Pets in Style
Pet salons are but the latest sybaritic development that help make a dog's life in Tokyo these days very, very good indeed. Statistics are not kept on Japanese pet spending, but the industry seems immune to the chill economic winds that have caused consumer spending to otherwise slump. (Beauty treatments for dogs in Japan, how people spoil their pets, predicting, reading and matching pictures, text organization, comprehension, descriptive language, writing an ad.)
Advanced
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Topic Cards
This is a spoken fluency Warmer that you can use to arrange impromptu talks with your class.
Intermediate
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More Bark Than Bite
Dogs are probably much cleverer than most people think, according to a new study. Scientists are convinced that dogs can count and researchers at the University of California Davis say they try to convey different messages through the pitch and pace of their barks. (Intelligent animals, dogs, true or false, scanning, fill the gaps, error recognition, guessing by context, comparative and superlative adjectives.)
Intermediate
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Kinds of Adjectives in English
How many kinds of adjectives are there in English?
Intermediate
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"I like reading" and "I like to read."
What's the difference between "I like reading" and "I like to read"?
Intermediate
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Eavesdropping
This fun conversation warmer asks students to not only make small talk but to eavesdrop as well.
Intermediate
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No excuses!
"The dog ate my homework." If students at a Houston middle school say this to their teachers, their parents may be asked to go to court. (Schools, parents and students, understanding the main idea, multiple choice, matching information, true or false, discussion, making excuses, crossword.)
Elementary
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Chimney Sweep?
It may work for Santa Claus but two people found that going down a chimney may not be such a good idea unless you want to get stuck. (Bizarre stories, rescues, matching pictures and information, predicting, gap fill, reading for detail, comprehension, try + infinitive + to, role play, pair crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Australians Slip Slop Slap
Helen Lawton-French remembers her childhood in Australia as a haze of sunshine, with weekends spent basking in the sun to get the perfect tan. But 20 years later, she's paying the price for her years of sun worship, joining the 280,000 Australians diagnosed with skin cancer each year. (Skin cancer and ways to avoid it, fill the gaps, matching information, true or false, reading for detail, listening and ordering information, prepositions, role play.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Plurals - 'fish' or 'fishes'?
Anna answers a question from the UK.
Intermediate
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Never Too Late
A 92-year-old Australian woman has become the nation's oldest first-time home buyer after getting a housing loan she does not have to pay off for another 30 years. (First home buyers, banking and housing vocabulary, discussion, predicting, gap fill, true or false, reading for information, 'have to' / 'don't have to', pair crossword, group discussion.)
Intermediate
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Lawyers Want Government Jobs
Today, the Enron and WorldCom stories have transformed corporate crime fighting into a top choice for law students who, only two years ago, might have looked down their noses at a career in government. (Legal graduates and government law, listening comprehension, discussing pros and cons, true, false or not given, comprehension, completing statements, verbs that take the infinitive, role play.)
Advanced
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Description Flash Cards
Here's a warmer that students really enjoy and, once it's prepared, it's simple and quick to use.
Intermediate
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Aussie Thieves Steal Water
Thieves are stealing water from rivers and selling it to Australian farmers. The farmers are fighting one of the worst droughts in a century. (Drought and its effect on crop farming, prediction, reading for gist, comprehension, categorizing words, true or false, reading for detail, word find puzzle, discussion.)
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Moving On
This warmer is a loud and enjoyable way to review topics and vocabulary. And it only takes 5 minutes. Really!
Pre-Intermediate
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Antarctica and Arctica?
Anna answers a question from New Zealand: "Why is 'Antarctica' used, but I never hear 'Arctica'?"
Intermediate
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No Driver's License
A German motorist who was sentenced to prison for repeatedly driving without a license was caught driving just moments after leaving the court, police said. (Careless driving, matching pictures and words, prepositions, word find, sequencing, comprehension, true or false, discussion, role-play.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Homeless Problem
Faced with the worst homeless crisis in New York's history, officials are considering whether cruise ships tied up at city docks could be used as temporary housing. (Accommodation for the homeless, complete the headline, ordering ideas, scanning, true or false, meanings in context, -ed clauses, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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I'm From Got Milk?
Biggs, California is not "Got Milk?"... After a week which saw the small community catapulted into the international spotlight after it considered changing its name to "Got Milk?" to mark the 10th anniversary of a milk marketing campaign, city elders turned down the proposal. (Changing the name of a town for marketing purposes, listening gap fill, scanning, checking for details, true or false, meanings from context, direct and reported speech, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Modals - A to Z!
In an answer to a request from France, Anna gives a quick A to Z on modals.
Intermediate
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Madonna sings for her supper
Multimillionaire pop singer Madonna had to borrow money in a London restaurant after finding she didn't have enough money to buy a slice of cake for her son, a British newspaper reported. (Madonna biography, information exchange, question formation, comprehension, reading for gist, reading for detail, word find puzzle, test your memory.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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TV Violence
Watching lots of violence on television and playing violent video games not only makes kids more physically aggressive, it makes them meaner and more distrustful, researchers said. (Effect of television and video game violence on young viewers, survey, writing a headline, comprehension, completing a table, vocabulary, prepositions, making rules for TV watching, evaluating different TV shows or computer games, interviews.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Housework After a Baby
After the arrival of baby, new fathers can help hold on to marital harmony by picking up a broom more often, according to new research. (Discussion, understanding a headline, true or false, matching information, multiple choice questions, summarizing, -ing clauses, negotiating.)
Intermediate
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Short Question - Short Answer
Please help me to rewrite the following sentence without inversion: Never was a story of more woe than that of Juliet and her Romeo.
Intermediate
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My Name Is...
A great warmer to use on the first day of a new class where students don't know each other.
Intermediate
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Heady Scents
It's cocktail hour in Rome's posh shopping district, but women at one trendy bar are trying a new kind of aperitif: perfume. (Perfume bars, perfume vocabulary and attitudes to perfume, survey, categorizing words, prediction, finding the main idea, fill the gaps, reading carefully, true, false or not given, interpreting information, language: preposition 'of', discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Gum Law May Change
Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992. The law said that Singaporeans could not import, sell or make it. But now Singapore may change the law. (Chewing gum ban in Singapore, understanding the main idea, comprehension, true or false, matching ideas with pictures, discussion, group project imperatives.)
Elementary
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Confusables - "make" and "do"
Anna answers a question, and supplies lots and lots of examples!
Intermediate
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What's in the Box?
This warmer can be used every day to provide lower level classes with an opportunity to practice wh- questions.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Confusables - "Some" vs. "Any"
Anna answers a question about 'some' and 'any'.
Intermediate
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Pregnant Advice
Children of women who drank while pregnant show the effects as long as 14 years later in the form of stunted growth, US researchers said. (Effects of alcohol on physical development of fetuses, brainstorming, predicting from a headline, matching information, true or false, scanning, complete the sentences, role play, summarizing.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Inventing the Future
Three years ago, few people stopped to consider that a $70 or $80 monthly charge might deter the typical American consumer from buying online music, video and games. The actual product being peddled was broadband Internet access, and it was supposed to be an easy sell at any price. (Broadband access and the fate of companies promoting it, making predictions, understanding the main idea, true or false, comprehension, inventions through history, prepositions, discussion.)
Advanced
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Tired Bank Robber
A man went to rob a bank in the Austrian city of Graz. However, before he robbed the bank, he fell asleep in his car... then the police found him! (Bizarre crimes, reading for overall understanding, answering questions, sequencing, reading for detail, gap fill, infinitives of purpose, describing where something is, finding differences in two pictures.)
Elementary
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Making a Scene
This warmer is a fun way for students to practice their descriptive writing.
Intermediate
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Confusables - "use to" and "used to"
Anna answers a question about 'used to' and 'use to'.
Intermediate
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Free To Speed
A computer game company's offer to pay the speeding fines of all British drivers as part of an advertising promotion for a new motor racing game has been branded irresponsible and dangerous by the government. (Dangerous driving and speeding, scanning, true or false, direct and reported speech, the prefix 'ir-', discussion, writing a radio advertisement.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Do You Want To Save The Planet?
Some campaigners insisted on going overland to Marrakesh's U.N. conference on climate change, not because they are scared of flying, but because they are worried about what airplanes do to the planet. (Airplane emissions and their effect on the environment, avoiding flying because of environmental impact, discussion, true, false or not given, prepositions 'by' and 'or' and methods of travel, dialogue, fluency practice, crossword - environmental words.)
Intermediate
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Smiling Bank Robber
A man had his two gold teeth knocked out as he ran into traffic and was hit by a van after robbing a bank, FBI agents said. (Understanding a headline, matching words and pictures, gap fill, comprehension, reference words, past simple and base verb forms, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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Check the date
This warmer was developed to precede an IT lesson that asked students to create a newspaper front page with news stories from the day they were born.
Intermediate
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Vocabulary - schedule
Aloisio from Brazil asks Anna about being behind schedule.
Intermediate
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Redheads Feel More Pain
Redheads may actually have another trait that makes them stand out - sensitivity to pain, specialists reported. (Redheads, pain and anesthesia, discussion, gap fill, true or false, matching statements, reference words, comprehension, word families.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Shopping Switch
Employers beware: Fruitless weekend shopping trips into stores this shortened holiday shopping season may mean less is getting done back at the office as many workers flock to the Web in search of bargains. (Internet shopping and shopping trends, matching information, gap fill, comprehension, check your understanding, discussion, 'in fact', 'in most cases' and 'for example'.)
Intermediate
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Cat Saves Family
A cat saved its family by raising the alarm after it started a fire, German police said. (True animal stories, understanding a headline, reading for overall understanding, putting pictures in the correct order using a text, vocabulary: animal sounds, continuing a story, memory recall and listening, word find puzzle, role play.)
Elementary
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If The Shoe Fits
Max takes a look at words to do with footwear.
Intermediate
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