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Let's Party! - Pre-Int
A Pre-Intermediate lesson. When we are very happy, we want to celebrate. We may decide to have a party. This worksheet looks at some different kinds of parties.
Pre-Intermediate
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*Sentence Structure and Paragraphing*
This lesson was suggested by Nelda Motley, one of the winners of our 'Most Wanted Resource Competition' in which teachers suggested an idea for a resource they wanted written. Nelda wanted a lesson to help students develop better sentence structure and paragraph development.
Intermediate
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Expensive Counter
It will take someone with pretty deep pockets to buy and move one of four surviving 17th-century French "pocket" calculating machines, to be sold in London in October. (Computers, pocket calculators, development of machines, antiques, opinion and descriptive adjectives, writing a description.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Obstacle Course
If you have active students who like to move around, this will help them review prepositions of place and movement and movement and motion verbs.
Elementary
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Testing The Littlest
A national push to make public schools more rigorous and hold teachers more accountable has led to a vast expansion of testing in kindergarten. And more exams are on the way, including a test meant to determine whether 5-year-olds are on track to succeed in college and career. (Exams for kids, summarizing, scanning, giving your opinion)
Advanced
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Leftovers
Xu Jiajie has gone on countless blind dates and to numerous match-making events in search of a husband. At 31 she is under enormous pressure to get married. But the right man is hard to find, for urban, educated and well-paid Chinese women in a society where the husband's social status is traditionally above the wife's. (China, professional women, linking words, words for discourse markers.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Super Hero
He wears a green Power Rangers suit and a mask. He waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station. He helps old people, passengers with heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers. He is a superhero. (Helping other people, Tokyo, superheroes, prepositions of place, simple past tense - negatives and rules.)
Elementary
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Record Chat
Popular Norwegian crime writer Hans Olav Lahlum set the world record for the longest interview on Thursday after spending more than 30 non-stop hours chatting in an online television broadcast.(World records, interviews, superlative adjectives, nationality suffixes.)
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 8 August 2013
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How Would You Like To Pay?
This warmer is a four-part activity that gets learners practicing the language for buying something in a store. Functional language exercises, dialog and roleplay work.
Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary - Confusables: Say and Tell
Rules and grammar for when to use "say" and when to use "tell". Try these exercises with your class.
Intermediate
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Bugs, Bites and Parasites
The tourist who got more than she bargained for on an overseas holiday and a cheap natural therapy for arthritis has been recommended by scientists - hirudo medicinalis, or more simply, leeches. (Arthritis and treatments, leeches, maggots, could for possibility, ability and requesting,reading for detail, guessing words by context, 'affect' and 'effect', medical vocabulary, dialog and essay writing.)
Upper-Intermediate
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You're Kidding Me!
First, there were the maid cafes and then there were cat cafes for cat lovers to play with cats while they sipped a cup of coffee. Now, there is a goat cafe. The cafe has a pair of friendly goats for customers to pet, play with and even take for walks through Tokyo's concrete jungle. (Cafes, animals, present continuous, planning a dream cafe)
Pre-Intermediate
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Noun Phrases and Noun Clauses
The difference between noun clauses and noun phrases. Rules and exercises.
Intermediate
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Not To Your Taste?
President Barack Obama likes burgers, hot dogs and such, but when it came time to answer a question about his favorite food, broccoli was the first word that sprang from his lips. Former American President George Bush Sr.'s famous dislike of broccoli might be put down to the fact that he could be a "supertaster". (Predicting using a headline, writing questions, summarizing the text, metaphors, writing a report, prepositions, future - will for predictions.)
Intermediate
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Famous People: Prince William, Kate and George
This warmer gets students to look for specific information about Britain's future King and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, to complete a table.
Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 26 July 2013
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"AGW" - Prepositional phrases
A prepositional phrase contains a preposition plus a noun phrase. This Anna Grammar Worksheet looks at identifying both phrases and prepositions.
Intermediate
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Quirky Museums
This warmer gets students scanning for information about unusual museums, completing a table about them and using persuasive language to encourage other students to like their museums.
Intermediate
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Room Service Cleared Away
Soon, the black-uniformed waiters wheeling trolleys of food will disappear from the halls of the Hilton Midtown. Will visitors to New York City's largest hotel mind having to leave their rooms for sustenance? (Hotels, New York, phrasal verbs and collocation.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Female Draft
Norway's parliament voted overwhelmingly to conscript women into its armed forces, becoming the first European and first NATO country to make military service compulsory for both genders. (Women's rights and gender equality, army, reported speech, the passive.)
Intermediate
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Old and Older
Two years short of 70, Zhang Guosheng spends his days caring for an 81-year-old fellow villager - a routine he'll keep up until he himself needs the type of care he is now giving. "Living here is better than staying at home alone. We help each other and have a common language," said the spritely Zhang, an enthusiastic dancer. "We are very happy here." (Aging, China, care of the elderly.)
Advanced
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Party Bribes
Sometime on Sunday morning, a Pennsylvania high school student will be presented with the keys to a black Honda Civic just for going to a party after the school's annual prom dance. Schools and civic organizations are using extravagant prizes to encourage high school students to attend supervised, alcohol-free events after their annual high school proms to keep them away from wild private parties. (Proms, teenage social behavior, pair crossword.)
Upper-Intermediate
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At a Hotel? - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Our worksheet on hotel words looks at where guests sleep and eat and the people who work in hotels. Students can practise vocabulary with a fun pair crossword puzzle.
Pre-Intermediate
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Phrases, Clauses, Compound and Complex Sentences
A compound-complex sentence is made from two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.
This Intermediate level grammar worksheet for students breaks down the meaning of that sentence into digestible chunks!
Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Rio de Janeiro
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Rio de Janeiro, capital of samba and Carnival.
Intermediate
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Medical Trips
Sitting in a private clinic in an upscale neighborhood of Istanbul, Salem is preparing to leave Turkey with a smile on his face and more hair on his head. Having been to Istanbul for sightseeing and shopping, Saleh has returned as the new kind of high-spending visitor Turkey is increasingly seeking to attract: a medical tourist. (Medical tourism, Turkey, plastic surgery.)
Advanced
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Sorry Red Bull
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel apologized in person to Red Bull staff for ignoring team orders in a controversial Malaysian Grand Prix. (Formula one, winning in sport, team sports, collocation.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Tattoo Me Too!
Do the Obama daughters want tattoos? Probably not. Their father told "Today" show how the Obama parents are keeping their daughters away from tattoos. (Tattoos, different viewpoints on tattooing, first and second conditional)
Pre-Intermediate
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AWL 6 - Future Dining
Knowledge of academic vocabulary is vital for success at university and also in exams like IELTS, CAE and TOEIC. Words from the AWL often appear in newspapers. All our AWL Max Vocab lessons are based on Reuters news articles.
Upper-Intermediate
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Fill 'er Up?
Seeking a place to work out of the office that is quieter than a bustling coffee shop and provides drinks, printers, Wi-Fi and even petrol? Regus, a provider of ready-to-use office space, thinks it has the answer. It has teamed up with Shell Germany to open up workplace hubs and lounges in 70 petrol stations in and around Berlin. (Reading for information, brainstorming, expressions used with business equipment, present simple tense uses and forms).
Intermediate
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All About Heads
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to extend their vocabulary and have practice looking at meanings in context.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Finite & Infinite Verbs
Verbs are defined as finite or non-finite depending on where they are placed and what function they have in a phrase, clause or sentence. This worksheet has examples and exercises for students.
Intermediate
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Barbie Land
Are you a Barbie fan? There is tea, tutus and pink tables at a Taipei cafe for Barbie lovers. "Every little girl has a Barbie..." said Henry Chiu. Fans like the cafe. "I feel like a Barbie doll in a fairy tale world. I feel like a princess," said Shiao Yu, a 30-year-old housewife. (Barbie dolls, yes/no questions, have got for possession, yes, he is/no, he isn't.)
Elementary
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A Holiday Fix?
A dentist's office may not be everyone's idea of a perfect holiday destination. But a growing number of Europeans are traveling abroad for medical treatment to save money, or maybe to combine a visit to the doctor with some sightseeing. "It was simply cheaper for me to go to a dentist in Hungary," said a 42-year-old physical therapist from Berlin. (Medical tourism, health, tourism, debating.)
Upper-Intermediate
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World Leaders: Xi Jinping, President of China
In this lesson, students are asked to scan a Reuters news article to complete a table of information about the President and then compare their answers in pairs.
Upper-Intermediate
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Crime & The Law
This worksheet looks at crime and the police and has a pair crossword puzzle exercise. Students each have half a puzzle and help their partner to fill in their crossword by giving definitions. They must not say the missing words.
Elementary
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World Leaders: Barack Obama, U.S President
This warmer gets students to read for specific information in order to complete a biographical table.
Intermediate
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Old Timers
The world's oldest woman lives in Japan. (Longevity, world records, scanning, making questions, discussion.)
Elementary
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Travel Plans
When Robert Reid last visited London he stayed in an apartment he found on a "couch-surfing" site. "The people were super and it gave me a great outlook on London and I appreciate the city more than I did before." People visiting cities in particular are now choosing to stay in residential apartments and live like locals. (Role play, skimmimg, scanning, intensive reading, discussion)
Advanced
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A Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Driving - Upp Int
An upper-intermediate worksheet looking at cars, passengers, driving and useful vehicle vocabulary.
Upper-Intermediate
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Beauty Treatments?
Hollywood stars wanting to look their best for Tinseltown's biggest night of the year are being offered beauty treatments ranging from the lavish to plain loony such as $250,000 black diamond nail varnish and bird excrement facials. (Beauty treatments and products, influence of consumers on manufacturers, zero conditionals.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Sentence Snakes - Reflexive Pronouns
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Diamond Gifts
A piece of Antarctica named after her, a baby llama, tea from Sri Lanka and her own set of Olympic medals were just some of the gifts Britain's Queen Elizabeth received during her 2012 diamond jubilee year. Foreign leaders,... luxury goods businesses and members of the public gave the British queen a treasure trove of gifts. (Gift giving, jubilees, superlative adjectives.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Cough Cough
The gap between how long people expect their cough to last and how long it actually does may drive some to the doctor for antibiotics that won't help, according to a new study. (Treatment of ailments and antiobiotics, doctors, remedies, modal verbs, "...by + verb+ing...")
Upper-Intermediate
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Chore Monster
Forget bribery, intimidation and threats, a new app is designed to encourage children to do chores by turning the tasks into a game and giving them points when it is completed. The app called ChoreMonster, available for iOS devices and on the web, aims to make household chores, such as setting the table, feeding the pets or unloading the dishwasher, fun. (Chores, families, children and parents, giving advice, should/shouldn't.)
Intermediate
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Man Without Hat
Singer-actor Rain is in trouble because he didn't wear his army hat. Rain was on a date with actress and model, Kim Tae-Hee. He was wearing his army uniform, but not his army hat. (Singers, South Korea, Kim Tae-Hee and Rain).
Elementary
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When I'm Old .....
Liu Qianping was visiting his 24-year-old granddaughter in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou when he saw the women's clothes [that his] granddaughter was packing into boxes. His visit came as the model that Lu Ting and four friends had booked for a photo shoot suddenly canceled. (Fashion, old age, retirement, first and second conditional, poem, "shall".)
Pre-Intermediate
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Life and death on India's Network
As the Kalka Mail train pulls into Delhi railway station at dawn, it is every man, woman and child for themselves. Before the train has stopped, crowds elbow and jostle into packed compartments destined for Kolkata, 1,500 km (930 miles) and 25 hours away on one of the largest, most decrepit and dangerous rail networks in the world. (Train travel, business investment, India, descriptive verbs.)
Advanced
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Adjectives
We use adjectives to tell us what something is like: tell us more about somebody or something. This Vocabulary Worksheet works with some adjectives that we use a lot.
Pre-Intermediate
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Fly for a Hobby
Wealthy Chinese are itching to take up flying as a hobby, but high taxes and military controls on airspace are grounding the aviation industry's hopes of a sales boom. (China, flying a plane, aviation vocabulary, matching and listening game, functional language - booking an air ticket, requesting, apologizing, socializing, air travel vocabulary.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Giving Kids
Not long after the megastorm Sandy hit the northeast United States, Maryum Goodwin and her little girl Ryleigh, 6, saw a disturbing picture of the New Jersey shore devastation. "That's somebody's house?" Ryleigh asked. "It used to be," said Maryum. That moment got Ryleigh thinking about how she could help. (Teaching children about giving, charities, disasters, past perfect)
Intermediate
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