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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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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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