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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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Prefixes
Mai Phuong from Vietnam asks Anna some tricky questions about prefixes.
Intermediate
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Stop!
This warmer is a competitive but fun way to review vocabulary.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Spot-less!
It's red, smelly, grows in the sea -- and it could spell the end of hours of angst in front of the mirror for teenagers stricken by pimples or dandruff. (seaweed, synonyms, dictation.)
Intermediate
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A Nightmare Dream Holiday
A contest to win a dream holiday for two people turned into a tax nightmare for a Swedish student. (Income tax, dialogue, past simple and past continuous.)
Elementary
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What's New
This warmer from Canada is useful for practising the reading skills necessary for understanding news articles.
Intermediate
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Verbs - Intransitives and passives
Sharon from Taiwan wants to know if there is any grammatical rule that says we can't use intransitive verbs in a passive sentence. Anna replies ...
Intermediate
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Yummy Fish
It's a stressful job, living in a fish tank and waiting to be cooked. But a Greek university is making progress in getting fish to relax. According to research, relaxed fish taste better. ('For' and 'when' - when something happened and how long - past simple and present perfect, listening)
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Where did you go on the weekend?
This great warmer is a good variation on the usual Monday morning questions and answers.
Pre-Intermediate
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Pronouns - I or I am?
Mei from Germany asks Anna about short answers and the use of pronouns.
Intermediate
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Family Shield
A warmer to introduce yourself to others.  This mini-lesson encourages spoken fluency through students describing themselves and their families. It could also tie in very well with these instant lessons: "What's in a Name?" a pre-Intermediate lesson about a German court deciding whether the name a couple have chosen for their new baby is suitable for a girl and "What's your surname?" a lesson that looks at why people change their surnames.
Pre-Intermediate
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Cyber Lambs
Ten of New Zealand's 44 million sheep have their own web site, after Japanese school children adopted them. (Animals, the Internet, using 'at least', 'or more', 'over' and 'plus' with numbers.)
Elementary
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Pass the Pit Bull, Please
A Californian man who used to have two pets -- a pit bull terrier and a Burmese python -- now has only one -- a 200-pound python with a pit bull-sized bulge. (Pets, animals, dangerous pets, must + infinitive of verb, must have + past participle of verb.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Describe me
This warmer practises the present simple and present continuous verb forms. Students are asked to describe people in photographs. A good warmer to use with the instant lesson "Blondes Earn Less".
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Confusables - Big or large?
This week Anna helps Katrin from Germany.
Intermediate
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Meet You At The Mall
Max tells us the history of the word "Mall" in "Shopping Mall".
Intermediate
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Turkeys Galore
Each Thanksgiving, Americans eat about 535 million pounds of turkey, and a turkey-cooking hotline gives advice to people with problems a trucker who needed to know how long to cook a turkey on the engine of his truck, and a Kentucky woman who panicked when her tiny chihuahua jumped inside a turkey carcass and couldn't get out. (Thanksgiving, holidays and festivals, synonyms, apostrophes, use of 'although' and 'even though'.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Parking Meters
Hundreds of motorists didn't have to pay for parking when new solar-powered parking meters stopped working because of Britain's bad weather. (Solar power, traffic, cars, sequencing, use of 'don't have to'.)
Elementary
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A costly drink
Austrian police arrested a man who robbed a branch of a savings bank where he was known as a customer. (Crime, headlines, guessing from context, the passive voice.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Talking about seasons
A good warmer for talking about dates and seasons in different parts of the world.
Elementary
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Nostradamus Email
Thousands of people received e-mails containing a prophecy from 16th century French astrologer Nostradamus that forecast the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, often with a second part forecasting that the attack on the twin towers would mark the beginning of World War III. (Believing information, Nostradamus, email, summarizing, researching, giving a talk.)
Advanced
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The Paranormal
Mobile phones are killing off ghosts, a British expert says. (Mobile phones, ghosts, the paranormal, writing a story, summarizing , using "would" and "used to".)
Intermediate
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Life imitating art?
It was like life imitating art when a woman, who collapsed at a screening of "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,'' was rescued by the movie's star, Matthew McConaughey. (Movies, movie stars, 20 questions, ordering, grammar dictation, use of "who".)
Pre-Intermediate
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Who Am I?
This is a nice variation on the ever popular 20 Questions game.
Pre-Intermediate
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Articles - an hotel?
This letter from Carl is in response to an earlier Anna Grammar page "A unique". Anna's reply looks at pronunciation and articles.
Intermediate
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Space Travel
One lucky Briton is set to win a prize that's literally out of this world -- a trip into space. (Competitions, prizes, space travel, the solar system, suffixes, prepositions ‘before’ and ‘after’ followed by a verb.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Phone Home
A British tourist lost in the Australian bush in heavy rain and fog rang his father in England on his mobile phone to get help. (Rescue, mobile phones, using present tense and past tense.)
Elementary
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Verbs of Perception
Leslie from Thailand has a student who wants a bit of help with these verbs. Anna to the rescue ....
Intermediate
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Getting to Know Your Profile
This is a good activity for the first day of a new session or can be developed for other topics, questions, or brainstorming activities.
Pre-Intermediate
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What's in a Name?
Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said. (Names, famous people, retelling and comparing, word order.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Face-to-Face
The founder of online based "My Virtual Corp." and a totally wired executive, has found that even in this era of e-mail, mobile phones and instant communication, there's nothing like a face-to-face meeting to win a new client. (Online companies, e-mail, dictation, jobs, but, although or despite.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Verbs -ing forms and modals
Frank from Taiwan gives Anna some feedback and makes a couple of suggestions. The first is about Anna's reply to Kathleen from Japan in which she discusses the "Future Perfect". The second comment refers to Anna's series of exercises about modals.
Intermediate
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Pizza Anyone?
This appetizing warmer is a good way for students to practice asking and answering questions about likes and dislikes and to practice negotiation language. By the end of the exercise, students should also have formed new groups for the other activities you have planned for the day.
Pre-Intermediate
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Connected
Any time there's a disaster, people reach for the nearest phone. The attack on September the 11th was no exception. This lesson looks at how mobile phones played an important role in Tuesday's tragic chain of events. (Telephones, summary completion, abbreviations.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Bad Parking
A bad choice of car park led to the capture of an escaped Texas capital murderer for the second time in his criminal career. (Criminals, escapes, chain stories, sequencing, suffixes.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Would you mind?
Sharon from Tawian asked Anna if she wouldn't mind answering a confusing question. Here is Anna's reply ...
Intermediate
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A Ship Came into the Harbour
This is a good warmer for reviewing letters of the alphabet, nouns and nouns phrases. It can also be used to discuss abstract nouns.
Elementary
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