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Tennis Riddles
As a player Andre Agassi relied as much on a razor-sharp tennis brain as brute force to collect eight major titles and complete a career grand slam. Now his eyes light up at the prospect of following the likes of Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker into coaching. (Coaching, Andre Agassi, tennis, compound adjectives, talking about sporting events.)
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I Quit!
Are you thinking about quitting your job? Are you worried about how to quit? A funny new app tells your boss for you. (Jobs, quitting, apps, do you want to...?)
Elementary
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - The Lounge
A worksheet for lounging about with!
Pre-Intermediate
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Bee Ware
Australian scientists are gluing tiny sensors onto thousands of honey bees to track their movements in a trial aimed at halting the spread of diseases that have wiped out populations in the northern hemisphere. (Bees, pollination, scientific experiments, because and because of, process descriptions.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Social Climbers?
When most people go into crocodile territory, they keep a lookout for crocodiles in the water or on the land. But now researchers say people should look up. Researchers say crocodiles can climb trees. (Crocodiles, ability of animals for different tasks, using 'can/can't' to describe ability to do something, being good at something.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Confusables - it's and its
This worksheet helps students understand the difference between it's (a contraction) and its (the possessive pronoun).
Intermediate
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The Saddest Movie I Have Ever Seen
This warmer is an enjoyable way to talk about movies and use of superlative adjectives and the present perfect simple.
Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate
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Child Stars
Three years after a popular TV talent show launched child soprano Jackie Evancho on a meteoric career, she still has no singing coach, can't read music and sticks to a modest rehearsal routine. As she makes the transition to professional artist, Evancho, is seeking to balance her school work - and play time - with a busy concert tour schedule and recording her sixth album. (Singing, Jackie Evancho, child stars.)
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Noisy Travelers
Americans hate parents who don't take care of their children on planes, a new survey found. Passengers don't like parents who let their kids misbehave or cry on planes. (Airline travel, likes and dislikes.)
Elementary
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Nine Months to Mars
More than a thousand people will now take tests to decide who will live on Mars. In 2011 two Dutchmen set up Mars One with the aim of having people live on Mars permanently from 2025. They hope the project will get money from investors and the rights from a TV documentary-reality television show of the tests, training and final selection. (Mars, reality television, science, travel, future forms and would like/love to do something.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Kangaroos to China
Once considered pet food, kangaroo meat could soon be sold to China as a luxury product, to encourage Chinese consumers to do something few Australians will - eat it. (Skimming, scanning, matching information, jigsaw reading, internet research)
Intermediate
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The Bionic Man
A first-ever walking, talking "bionic man" built entirely out of synthetic body parts made his Washington debut on Thursday. (Bionics, science, the human body, television shows, vocabulary, uses of different tenses including the present perfect simple.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Growing Food for the Needy
Surrounded by rows of kale and collard greens, Bill Shick ticks off statistics about yields and the man-hours it takes to harvest the leafy green vegetables to be given away by the Chester County Food Bank in its efforts to grow food for the needy. The fresh produce program gives low-sodium, low-sugar foods to the poorest Americans year-round.
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World Leaders: Nelson Mandela
This warmer gets students to read and think about the life of a famous person and focus on the use of prepositions.
Upper-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 5 December 2013
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Dear Santa
One 13-year-old boy who sent a "Dear Santa" letter to the U.S. Post Office this year asked only for covers for his bed, "so I can stay warm this winter." Heartrending letters like this are sent each year to the Post Office "Letters to Santa" program, now in its 100th year. Some of the letters are answered by charitable groups, businesses, schools, postal employees and individual anonymous givers, who pick letters and go shopping. (Santa letters, helping others, Ho!, Ho!, Ho! competition.)
Pre-Intermediate
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GrammarWords1-AGW
What do different grammar words mean? This worksheet has definitions and exercises about nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs etc.
Elementary
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Writers say “Read”
This lesson is about children's books, the future of reading, and the importance of reading! It includes information on writers Malorie Blackman and Jacqueline Wilson, with Jacqueline Wilson kindly doing an exclusive interview with ETG! (Writing, reading, famous people, books, e-books, education.)
Intermediate
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Confusables: Some time, sometimes and sometime
All about some time, sometimes and sometime and when to use them.
Intermediate
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The Real Heroes
Encouraging students to think about real heroes - people who make a difference in the community.
Pre-Intermediate
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"I Have a Dream"
Clarence Jones was sitting 50 feet behind his boss, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in 1963 when King delivered the speech that would forever change the course of race relations in the United States. Now, 50 years later, Jones recalls how the words "I have a dream," were not written in the text that King prepared and began to read that day. (Martin Luther King, famous speeches, "I have a dream" speech, punctuation.)
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;Semi-Colons; - Anna Grammar Worksheet
This worksheet looks at when we do and do not use semi-colons. Anna gives us some rules and some practice exercises.
Upper-Intermediate
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Doing The Right Thing
A Boston homeless man turned over to police a backpack stuffed with nearly $42,000 worth of cash and travelers checks shortly after he found it at a shopping mall. He has then been rewarded for his selfless act with about $60,000 worth of online donations from people impressed with his honesty. (Honesty, suffix -less, past simple and past continuous.)
Intermediate
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A Drop of Wine
A flipped lesson: students should have done the Instant Workbook '(A Drop of Wine)' before doing this lesson. There is a printout at the end of the Instant Workbook which they will need to use in class. The great mystery of what may go down in wine annals as the crime of the century - the destruction of the equivalent of 80,000 bottles of a choice Sangiovese wine - may have been solved.
Upper-Intermediate
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Robots
Tiny recon robots have introduced a new generation of drones at a DSEI defense fair in London. Robots that can talk, find [lost] glasses, draw airplanes and play with your children attracted thousands of visitors at another expo. Robot nurses may soon be helping the sick by telling them when to take their pills. (Robots, nurses, health, technology, 'will', 'by + verb + ing' used to say how something is done.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - The Environment
This worksheet looks at words to describe the air, water, plants, animals and land around us and the people who care about them. There is a pair crossword puzzle for your students to try.
Pre-Intermediate
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"Bug Out"
The Department of Health in New York has lots of bed bugs. The new $316 million building in Queens has bed bugs, the Health Department said. (Staying healthy, insects, expressions of quantity.)
Elementary
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Create Your Own Superhero
A warmer that promotes discussion and creativity and helps students use and review adjectives and the simple present tense.
Elementary
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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)
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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.)
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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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