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Snatched Gold Returned
The "Mother of Judo" waited 50 years to get the gold medal that was snatched from her in her first serious competition, a gender injustice that fueled Rusty Kanokogi's winning crusade for women's judo in the Olympics. "This should never, never happen to a woman again in sports," Kanokogi said about the rage she felt back in 1959. (Women in sport, discrimination, biography, judo.)
Advanced
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Medical Care
An intermediate worksheet with vocabulary and exercises about visiting a doctor.
Intermediate
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The Beatles Leap Online
"The Beatles: Rock Band," marks the legendary band's first leap into selling their music digitally leading to much speculation on which songs would be used. For years, the Beatles' catalog of songs has not been available anywhere on Web sites such as iTunes. (Video games, music, The Beatles, modal passives.)
Intermediate
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Health Clinic of Last Resort
Inside an aging sports arena thousands of Americans are seeking free healthcare. Hundreds were turned away on the first day of a weeklong clinic run by the nonprofit Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corp as part of its mission to provide free health, dental and eye care in needy spots around the world. (Medical charities, health care, health insurance, the suffix 'ologist'.)
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Wedding Dress Record
A Chinese bride is hoping to enter the record books after getting married in a wedding dress with a train more than 2 km (1.2 miles). (Longest wedding dress in the world, wedding customs, discussion, role play, superlative adjectives, adjective order, romantic poems.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Falling in Love
This warmer gets students to read and look for spelling errors as well as understand the history behind Valentine's Day, discuss a topic and then work together to design a card.
Pre-Intermediate
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Preventing Flu Spread
Reports state frequent hand washing and the wearing of face masks at home can help reduce the transmission of influenza viruses within the household and closing schools, stopping large gatherings and other such measures are unlikely to do much to prevent the spread of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. (Influenza, hygiene, swine flu, discourse markers, making a poster.)
Upper-Intermediate
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1st & 2nd Conditionals - Anna Grammar Worksheet
A Pre-intermediate worksheet with explanations and practice exercises on the first and second conditionals.
Pre-Intermediate
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Extreme Adjectives - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Practice using those adjectives, like unique, which can't be used with more or the most. These adjectives are complete in themselves. They are called "absolutes".
Intermediate
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A River-Truck?
A 3-year-old boy was unhurt after he floated down a river riding on his toy truck. (Vacations, bizarre stories, camping, past simple and past continuous tenses, phonecalls.)
Elementary
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Gold For Race
Naoko Takahashi, winner of the 2000 Sydney Olympic marathon, says she would swap her gold medal to run at the 2016 Games if they are awarded to Tokyo. (Winning, hornets, sport, first and second conditionals.)
Intermediate
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Banker to the Poor
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, known as the "banker to the poor" for making small loans in impoverished countries, is now doing business in the center of capitalism -- New York City. In the past year the first U.S. branch of his Grameen Bank has lent $1.5 million, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, to nearly 600 women with small business plans in the city's borough of Queens. (Microfinance, small business, present perfect continuous.)
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Generation Y Makes Waves
They might wear flip flops to the office and address colleagues as "dude," but the youngest generation of workers brings fresh creativity and openness to the workplace. Tech-savvy and fast-working, they are also impatient, indulged and communicate differently from the rest of us - tweeting and texting and writing "CYL" for "see you later." (Generation Y in the workplace, writing a report, using -ing words in listing ideas, using agreeing and disagreeing language, solving a problem.)
Intermediate
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Find Someone Who -Business English- Finding A Job
This warmer gets students out of their seats and asking other students questions about novel ways of finding a job--and all of the ideas mentioned have been done by real people. (Yes / No questions, business vocabulary, the second conditional.)
Intermediate
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Operation Flower
A Tokyo district with lots of burglaries has turned to planting flowers to help stamp out crime. "'Operation Flower' began about three years ago. By planting flowers, people will be keeping an eye out while taking care of the flowers or watering them... The best way to prevent crime is to have more people on the lookout." (Fighting crime, neighborhood watch groups, miming, listening for numbers, listening to true or false statements, past simple tense verbs - making negatives, making a poster.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Fast Food and Takeout
An Elementary Max Vocabulary Worksheet with exercises: matching, pair crossword puzzles.
Pre-Intermediate
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I Am Sorry!
A New York store owner stopped a robbery, but then helped the robber because he felt sorry for him. (Unemployment, crime, apologizing, saying sorry, infinitives of purpose.)
Elementary
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Could you repeat that please?
This speaking dialogue warmer helps students practice asking for clarification.
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Either
A worksheet from Anna Grammar looking at either and or with 2 exercises to do.
Intermediate
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Modern American Dads Given a Raw Deal?
Author Michael Lewis says there really wasn't much difference between being a Salomon Brothers bond trader and becoming a father -- he was woefully ill-prepared for both jobs. Lewis writes candidly about initially feeling scant affection or love for his children and pokes fun at the modern American pact where fathers share child-rearing duties. (Parenting, being a father, male and female parent roles, giving definitions, listening and writing, sharing opinions.)
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Interview Questions
When is it OK to lie? What would you do with 100 Christmas trees in July? If you were a cereal, what kind would you be? Knowing that those and other questions await in an employment interview could have a huge impact on a candidate's chances of landing a new job, a new website aims to provide that insight. (Job interviews and interview questions, second conditional, job application cover letters and ads.)
Intermediate
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Under Attack
It may affect as many as half of U.S. teenagers, can be as bad or worse than being beaten up in the schoolyard, and is so relentless and emotionally devastating that suicide can seem the only answer. Whether it is through emails, instant messaging, cellphones, texting or web sites, cyberbullying is a growing problem. This lesson looks at cyberbullying and bullying. (Bullying, notetaking, Internet research, comprehension.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Find Your Other Half - All About Influenza
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the flu.
Intermediate
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Are You a Billionaire?
Warren Buffett is 86 years old. His salary is $100,000. He is worth about $73.5 billion. (Billionaire, Warren Buffett, personal information, present simple tense forms, be/have, completing a crossword.)
Elementary
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Pirates!
A new spate of hijackings by Somali pirates has shown they are determined to go on striking at shipping on the region's strategic trade routes despite intervention by Western and other navies. Multi-million-dollar superyachts sailing from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean for the European summer could be the next high-profile target of Somali pirates, security experts say. (Super yachts, piracy, choosing the correct headline, finding errors.)
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"Have & have got" - Anna Grammar Worksheet
Using have and have got to talk about belongings, relationships, descriptions and illnesses.
Elementary
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Thinking Outside The Box
A $6 cardboard box that uses solar power to cook food, sterilize water and could help 3 billion poor people cut greenhouse gases, has won a $75,000 prize for ideas to fight global warming. (Poverty, global warming, inventions and competitions, will for future events.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Computer Whiz Kid
He's made headlines for his computer programing skills, but nine-year-old Singaporean Lim Ding Wen is only allowed to play with his desktop for just two hours a day, and provided he's finished his homework. (Computers, children and computers, ambitions, choose the best summary, complete a table, present perfect simple and past simple.)
Intermediate
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Shopping
Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Shopping. A Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Worksheet.
Pre-Intermediate
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Need A Granny?
Do you need a granny's love and help? A unit caring for the elderly is helping elderly people find new families. Families who need a grandparent can hire a grandmother or grandfather. (Families, the elderly, discussion, matching sentence beginnings and endings.)
Elementary
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I Live at The White House
This 20 minute warmer will help students practise asking and answering questions to learn about the Obama family. Students will see examples of the present simple and read about the Obamas' daily lives.
Pre-Intermediate
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School For All
In a country where an education is often out of reach for thousands of impoverished children, the Kartini Emergency School in Indonesia is proving to be an exception. Amid the poverty and grime, 59-year-old twin sisters Sri Rossyati and Sri Irianingsih have opened the free school where their 550 students receive not only an education, but meals, a uniform, shoes, pencils and books. (Poverty, education, used to for habits.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Dress For Success
Want that promotion? What you wear may be just as important as what, and who, you know to getting up the career ladder and serious formal business wear is the key in job interviews. (Business promotions and job interviews, business dress, case study discussion, reading memos, verb patterns, saying what you are going to do, giving instructions game.)
Intermediate
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Homework For Sale
"You can't do it? We're here to help," says the homepage of a new website. The website allowed children the chance to buy answers ranging from solutions to simple maths problems to a full end-of-year presentation complete with slides and speaking notes.
Pre-Intermediate
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An Anna Worksheet - Most, Most of, All & All of
A Grammar Worksheet from Anna Grammar that looks at these quantifiers.
Pre-Intermediate
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"American Dream"
Kim Bischof is entering the U.S. job market after she finishes college in May with a degree in special education and is confident that the "American Dream' is still alive for her, recession be dammed. Her optimism, echoed by other students in interviews, may reflect the fact that many young Americans today are indeed better off than their parents were at the same age. (American dream, reality of life for young Americans compared to parents, summarizing, verb forms.)
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A Second Chance
Prisoners in the Philippines are learning how to make dresses. At a maximum security prison in the Philippines about 30 prisoners are learning how to make cocktail dresses, bags and belts which sell for hundreds of dollars. (Dress making, rehabilitation, crime, prisons, infinitive forms.)
Elementary
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What's The Weather Like?
This warmer helps students practise asking about the weather and the climate, use weather vocabulary including adjectives and ask and answer questions.
Elementary
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The Gleaners
It's closing time at a market in Belleville, a working-class neighborhood in Paris, and a young woman in a black parka and white cap is rummaging through the abandoned crates. After a thorough inspection, she slips a cauliflower and some slightly squashed oranges into her shopping bag. "That's going to be my dinner," says the woman, who will only give her name as Yng. (Economic difficulty, scavenging for food, summarizing key points.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Swishing
Welcome to swishing--for people who want shopping, clothes and entertainment but don't want to spend any money. "Swishing dos" are parties where people swap second-hand clothes. (Swishing, clothes shopping in a recession, ordering a conversation, the present continuous.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Going To The Movies
A Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Upper-Intermediate
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True and False - Valentine's Day Trivia
This warmer about Valentine's Day encourages discussion.
Pre-Intermediate
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New Year's Resolutions
Many consumers have decided to make this the year they whittle down their debts. That's good, because most people can help themselves to lower debts without calling in outside help. Here's how to attack that pile of bills....(Personal debt, giving advice, problem solving, role playing, going to and will.)
Intermediate
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King Bug
Animals such as lions, crocodiles or snakes thrive elsewhere on the planet, but Antarctica's most fearsome land predator is a reddish bug. The continent is best known for penguins, seals and whales, but all rely on the sea for food, unlike its Lilliputian land-based creatures and plants -- so far almost unaffected by humans. (Antarctica, ecosystems, climate change, answering true or false questions, adverbs.)
Advanced
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Grumpy
Some British hotels have grumpy staff, the government's tourism boss said on Thursday. Some guests do not get soft towels and fresh bars of soap. Grumpy staff may frighten away tourists from British hotels. (Hotels, service, tourism, after and before.)
Elementary
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Tightening Their Belts
China's office workers are tightening their belts, cutting back spending on everything from clothes to fast food, despite government efforts to boost consumption to stave off the worst effects of a global recession. Wang Hao, a 24-year-old Beijing office worker, has launched a campaign to curb weekly living expenses to 100 yuan ($14.60). (People and a global recession, China, shopping and habits, present continuous.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - The Past Perfect
The Past Perfect is used for one action that happens before another action in the past. Try these 3 exercises and read about an 8-year-old who had stolen his teacher's car.
Pre-Intermediate
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Answer Yes or No!
An icebreaker from Eleni Caddell to give students practice forming and answering yes/no questions.
Elementary
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Being Hollywood's Super Couple
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie talk in separate interviews on their family and plans for the future. (Famous movie stars, families, fame, second conditional, essay.)
Intermediate
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How Many Words Can You Find?
A warmer from Shirley in Istanbul to help students learn new vocabulary, revise vocabulary or to introduce a new topic.
Elementary
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