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China to Age Before it Gets Rich?
The harsh logic of China's one-child policy is starting to unravel... Demographers worry that without change, China will become the first country in the world to age before it gets rich. China's choke on family size to usually one child in cities and two in the countryside now threatens its economic future, with fewer people left to pay and care for an increasingly gray population. (Aging population, one child policy, China, family size, census results.)
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"Crime" - A Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Words, definitions and exercises about crimes, criminals and the justice system.
Upper-Intermediate
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But, So & And - Elementary Anna Grammar Worksheet
A conjunction connects words or groups of words. Coordinating conjunctions connect two equal parts of a sentence. Try this Elementary Grammar Worksheet which looks at 3 of the most common coordinating conjunctions: and, but and so.
Elementary
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Lucky Pets
Americans may be trying to spend less money, but when it comes to their pets, they're spending more than ever. Between trips to the vet, specialty foods, treats and toys, pet insurance and even parties, Americans are happy to open up their wallets to keep Rex, Rover or even the house lizard healthy and happy. (Pets, costs, economy, benefits of having a pet.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Will You Marry Me?
Getting married? Take the quiz first. A British family law firm is urging couples to take a “compatibility quiz” before getting married or deciding to live together. This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to practice brainstorming, discussion and crafting questions.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Would Rather
We use "would rather" to describe our preferences, what we would like to do when offered a choice.
Upper-Intermediate
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I'd rather watch "X Factor"
When she was a little girl, Elsa Hardcastle loved to dress up as a princess and read stories about young women swept off their feet by a prince charming. Now, the 10-year-old would rather watch a blockbuster episode of reality TV talent show "X Factor" and meet one of its pop singer judges than see Kate Middleton become a real-life princess when she marries Britain's Prince William. (Royalty, fame, X Factor, would rather.)
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Meeting & Greeting
In business, the first thing we do when we meet someone is shake hands. While it seems simple enough, this "first impression" greeting sends a powerful message about you and your respect for others. (Matching information, cases studies, word search, role play).
Intermediate
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Kiss me or I'll shoot!
A woman from Florida shot a gun at her neighbor when he didn't want to kiss her. The 92-year-old woman came to the man's house and asked him for a kiss. (Bizarre stories, crime, so and but, gun control, neighbors.)
Elementary
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Max Vocab AWL 5 – Faces affect kids' eating
Knowledge of academic vocabulary is vital for success at university and also in exams like IELTS, CAE and TOEIC. This vocabulary worksheet uses an article that states that if you want your kids to eat their broccoli, you might try smiling when you eat your own veggies.
Upper-Intermediate
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Disasters: Radiation poisoning
This activity encourages communication between students using speaking, listening and reading skills.
Intermediate
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Teacher's Critical Blog Private?
A high school English teacher who was suspended from her job after she blogged that her students were "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners," said that she did nothing wrong. "Some of the students, parents and administrators don't want to hear the truth," said the teacher 30, a teacher at a high school. (Free speech, teaching and students, adverb 'still'.)
Intermediate
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A Clamor for Education
Saudi teenager Abdulrahman Saeed lives in one of the richest countries in the world, but his prospects are poor, he blames his education, and it's not a situation that looks like changing soon. "There is not enough in our curriculum," says Saeed, 16, who goes to an all-male state school in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. "It is just theoretical teaching, and there is no practice or guidance to prepare us for the job market." (Education, Saudi Arabia.)
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Sprucing Up The Down-at-heel
In Paris' upmarket St Germain district, hairdresser Lucia Iraci spends her days coiffing the city's glitterati, including actors, models and musicians. Yet once a month she opens her doors to a more downtrodden clientèle, offering free pampering and a dash of glamor to women from poor districts who are often long-term unemployed or victims of abuse and even slavery. (Hairdressing and beauty, amazing life stories, women's rights, helping others.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Strong Money
The Swiss snowy mountains, beautiful views and luxury hotels are expensive for tourists. But this year Switzerland is too expensive for many tourists. The Swiss franc is very strong and the euro, dollar and British pound are weak. (Vacations, Switzerland, currencies, adjectives.)
Elementary
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Help For Insomniacs To Get Their Zzzs
A few short visits and phone calls with a nurse may be enough to help insomniacs get their zzzs, suggests a new study of sleep-deprived older adults. (Insomnia (inability to sleep), health, sleep treatments.)
Intermediate
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Long Live The Book
India's booming publishing market is proof of the physical book's staying power, said participants at Asia's largest literary event, the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival. "You read something on Twitter and you know it is ephemeral," said Patrick French, a best-selling historian and biographer who has written extensively on Asia. "Yet the book is a solid thing. The book endures." (Future of books, printed books and e-books, reading habits of different nationalities, India.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Homegirls
It was Stephanie Lane's first day on the job as a waitress at Homegirl Cafe and the last thing she wanted to do was wait on the police. The restaurant, staffed by female gang members trying to leave their past behind, is part of Homeboy Industries... Quitting a life of drug dealing, fighting and stealing cars on the streets of South Los Angeles, where she followed her father and mother into the Crips gang, was not easy. (Gangs and rehabilitation, Homeboy Industries, making a movie, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocab AWL 4 – Wake Up Doc!
Knowledge of academic vocabulary is vital for success at university and also in exams like IELTS, CAE and TOEIC. In the article Sleep-deprived doctors told to drink coffee we look at words from the The Academic Word List (AWL).
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet: Subordinating Conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions join a dependent or subordinate clause to a main clause. This worksheet has explanations and exercises.
Intermediate
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Grand Slam Champ
With six Wimbledon trophies already packed on to his mantelpiece, Roger Federer would like nothing more than to win a singles gold medal on the hallowed turf when it hosts the Olympic tennis event in 2012. (ambitions, ordering questions, completing a table, vocabulary)
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Do You Like The Countryside?
A small German village needs a new doctor. The village is offering the doctor free bread, meat, flowers, haircuts and accommodation and a small Australian village needs new families. The village is offering families houses for rent for AUS$1 a week. (City versus the countryside, jobs, advertisements.)
Elementary
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Famous Cities - New York
This warmer looks at New York and what activities you can do on a shoestring.
Intermediate
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Peach the Police Dog
Meet Japan's newest police dog -- all 3 kg (6.6 lb) of her. In what is a first for Japan and perhaps the world, a long-haired Chihuahua named "Momo" -- "Peach" -- passed exams to become a police dog in the western Japanese prefecture of Nara. (Dogs, police, guessing game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Suffixes 3 · Abstract Nouns
A suffix is found at the end of a word and can signal the word's 'class' or grammatical function. Knowing information about a suffix can help to work out the meaning of a word. This Vocabulary Worksheet looks at suffixes added to verbs and adjectives to make abstract nouns.
Intermediate
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Suffixes 2 - Adjectives - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
A suffix is found the end of the word. Sometimes the 'suffix' can tell you the word's 'class' or grammatical function. When you know what word class it is (i.e. noun, verb etc.), it can help you to work out the function or purpose of that word in a sentence. Knowing information about a suffix can also help you work out the meaning of a word.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Coordinating Conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions can join two clauses of equal importance, a phrase to a phrase and a word to a word. Coordinating conjunctions are and, but, so, for, or, nor and yet.
Intermediate
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Hot bodies
Using body heat from train commuters to warm buildings. (Energy, the future, word families, discussion, mixed questions, comprehension, will used to describe facts in the future, completing a diagram.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Hospital in a Box
Jon Weiner's hospitals are quite different from what you might be used to. There are no long admissions forms to fill in. And the service you get might remind you of a five-star hotel. The cost? No more than any other hospital. The catch? The hospitals are all overseas. (Health care, public health systems, travel, comprehension, true, false or not given, present continuous, pair crossword - health words, 'talking about health' game.)
Intermediate
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Permits Required
In the land where Jesus lived, Christians say their dwindling numbers are turning churches from places of worship into museums. And when Christian pilgrims come from all over the world to visit the places of Christ's birth, death and resurrection, they find them divided by a concrete wall. As a boy growing up in Jerusalem, Yacoub Dahdal saw Christians from all over the Middle East converge on the city at Easter time to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Advanced
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Lessons for Drunk Kids
The British Red Cross has launched a campaign to teach 11-16 year-olds how to handle medical emergencies which arise from excessive drinking. The Red Cross found 12 percent of 11-16 year olds have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious. (Teenage drinking, first aid, medical emergencies, Red Cross.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Top ten most mustache-dense countries
In a growing campaign to refer to November as “Movember”, men around the world are being encouraged to grow a mustache for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer. This warmer encourages discussion and scanning.
Intermediate
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Max Vocab AWL 3
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson What's Up, Doc?
Upper-Intermediate
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Japan's "Iku-men"
Hiroyuki Ogino stayed home from his job in telecoms to take care of his son for a month this spring -- one of a tiny but growing number of Japanese men opting for paternity leave despite the risk to their careers. "It really is as if we are putting a minus against our names, causing problems for our colleagues by not being around to pull our weight," said Ogino, a 38-year-old father of two. (Stayhome dads, parental leave, Japan, employment issues.)
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Tips and Hints for Visitors
Commonwealth Games organizers have compiled an extensive list of hints and tips for visitors to the October event, the guide providing a valuable insight into social mores as well as helping to avoid embarrassing situations. (Commonwealth Games, sport, rules for behavior, New Delhi.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Munich
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Munich and the Oktoberfest.
Intermediate
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Acad Word List 2 – Max V Worksheet
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson Redheads Feel More Pain.
Upper-Intermediate
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World Leaders: Julia Gillard, Australia
This warmer gets students to read for specific information in order to complete a biographical table.
Intermediate
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On Your Bike
A fleet of 6,000 bicycles for hire will hit the streets of central London on Friday when the city's mayor Boris Johnson launches a scheme intended to fuel a cycling revolution in the congested capital. (Traffic problems, bicycles, London, concept of offering a service for free, definite articles.)
Upper-Intermediate
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World Leaders: And the Australian Prime Minister?
This warmer gets students to read for specific information in order to complete a biographical table. We have also included a news article giving helpful information on the Australian electoral system and the position they are now facing.
Intermediate
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China's Development Juggernaut
China has put big money down on a momentous gamble: rush to build new cities in its poor interior, then wait for people to come and help drive the economy to a new stage of growth. Here in this corner of the Chinese hinterland, the government has widened farm lanes into highways, turned wheat fields into an industrial park, spent a fortune on government offices, and set up a school for thousands of students in what was a dusty town a few years before. (China, government, development, migration.)
Advanced
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An Expensive Sandwich
A bear crashed a car after opening the door of a car and getting stuck. The bear smelled a peanut butter sandwich in the back seat and opened the door of the car. The bear climbed in and got stuck. (Bears, dangerous animals, bizarre events, conducting an interview, irregular past tense verbs, word search puzzle.)
Elementary
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Acad Word List 1 – Max V Worksheet
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson Eye See.
Upper-Intermediate
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A Veiled Look
An elementary school teacher, would rather die than take off her face veil, or niqab. While a majority of Egyptian women and girls think it is an Islamic religious obligation to cover their hair and neck with a scarf, few Muslim scholars say the full face veil is mandatory. (Reported speech)
Intermediate
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Effects of Rom Coms?
Romantic comedies might provide 90 minutes of light-hearted fun but the happy-ever-after movies are also impacting people's real love lives, according to an Australian survey and a study in college dating suggests that American males enjoy teary, romantic "women's films" more than they are letting on. (Romantic comedies, differences between men and women, movie genres.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Edinburgh
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Edinburgh and the Fringe Festival held every August.
Intermediate
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Protecting the Animals
Efforts to save tigers and kiwi birds. This lesson looks at conservation efforts in two different places. (Environment, animals, poaching, pests, New Zealand, Sundarban Forest, Bangladesh, India, present perfect simple).
Pre-Intermediate
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Heroin Help
The drawings on the wall of the Sanga Amaj clinic show one 11-year-old's family tableau - father and mother huddled over heroin kits as their sons watch haplessly. Sanga Amaj is one of three U.S.-funded drug clinics for women and children in Afghanistan, the most overlooked and vulnerable of the country's many opiate addicts. (Drug addiction, children and treatment, Afghanistan.)
Advanced
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Natural disasters: Hurricanes
This activity encourages communication between students focussing on the use of comparative and superlative adjectives.
Intermediate
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Eye See
It's estimated that up to 60 percent of school-age children in rural China need glasses to see clearly, but most either don't have them or don't wear them if they do. A new study suggests that misinformation about wearing glasses and the inconvenience of getting them - not cost - may be at least partly to blame. (Eyesight, stereotypes, making predictions, designing a pair of glasses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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