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The personal touch for survival
Many U.S. retailers, large and small, have good reason to envy Sue Opeka -- sales at her store have been up 15 percent for the past four months and she's up 5 percent for the year so far. Staring into the face of a possible recession as the holiday shopping season approaches, many small U.S. stores and boutiques catering to wealthier consumers are adjusting strategies and inventories. (Business, recessions, retailing.)
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Effecting a Change - The Max Effect
"Affect" and "effect" are often confused. This Max Vocabulary Worksheet explains the differences very effectively.
Advanced
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Go Away ... Come Again Another Day
When you're feeling sick, don't come to work, British bosses say. The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) survey of 1,000 bosses shows 73% of bosses want sick staff to stay at home. (Business, health, signs and notices, negative instructions, don't.)
Elementary
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Work Dos
Almost a third of British office workers actively hate the annual office Christmas party, new research has suggested. The poll of 1,000 British office workers suggested that the biggest problem with the office Christmas bash was that it forces them to socialize with people that they have nothing in common with other than work. (Office social functions, brainstorming and problem solving, writing memos.)
Intermediate
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Try wrapping this!
Our annual look at the Neiman Marcus fantasy Christmas catalog. The 90th edition of this legendary book continues the Neiman Marcus tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true. (Christmas, very expensive gifts, role play, vocabulary work, summarizing.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Getting Smashed
Welcome to Sarah's Smash Shack, where customers can relieve stress by throwing dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week. (Stress, smashing plates, setting up a business, verb patterns: like/love/dislike + infinitive or verb-ing and enjoy + verb-ing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Subject Questions - Intermediate Worksheet
An Intermediate Grammar Worksheet from Anna Grammar with exercises, explanations and a reading comprehension exercise using a short news article.
Intermediate
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Madonna: singer, dancer, mother, multi-millionaire
To practice reading for understanding and asking and answering questions.
Pre-Intermediate
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The passive - Pre-Intermediate
A Pre-Intermediate Grammar Worksheet from Anna Grammar with exercises.
Pre-Intermediate
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First Lady
What does it take to be first lady of the United States and what do you need to be and do as partner of a world leader? A bio of the new American first lady and views from Cherie Blair, wife of a former British Prime Minister, on being the wife of a world leader. (Politics, women, first ladies, relative clauses.)
Intermediate
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Madonna
The key to Madonna's enduring appeal has been to stay one step ahead of the game in the famously fickle world of pop...the performer announced on Wednesday that she and British film director Guy Ritchie were divorcing...But it is not just stamina and determination that have got the singer to where she is today. Perhaps more than anything else it is her ability to reinvent herself. (Madonna, entertainment.)
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Imply Vs Infer
Danielle from New Zealand asked us for some clarification on these two easily confused words. A Max Vocabulary Worksheet for Advanced students.
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Germs Everywhere!
A study from Britain indicates people in the north of Britain are three times as likely to have hands contaminated with fecal bacteria than their compatriots in the south while two other articles look at the best ways to sterilize a sponge and keep a bathroom and kitchen clean. (Cleanliness, health and hygiene, imperatives and instructions.)
Intermediate
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Money Money Money Money Money
The credit crisis and tight student budgets hold no fears for a British teenager who won 7 million pounds ($12.68 million) on the Lottery. (Lottery jackpots, students, unreal situations, first and second conditional, discussion, comprehension, giving an opinion, sequencing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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How Was Your Holiday?
This warmer gets learners practicing some common conversation points while talking about a vacation.
Intermediate
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Too Busy to Write
Ringo Starr, the drummer from the Beatles, is asking fans to stop writing to him. He doesn't want fans to send him letters and requests for autographs. (Ringo Starr, fans and fan mail, do/don't used for imperatives and emphasis.)
Elementary
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Web Life
Written references could become old hat for hiring managers with one in five saying they use social networking sites to research job candidates -- and a third of them dismissing the candidate after what they discover. (Job hiring processes, social networking websites, reading a job advertisement, discussion, first and second conditionals.)
Intermediate
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Fantasy Sport
Fantasy sports, where fans select real athletes for make-believe teams, are exploding onto new platforms like smart phones and social networking sites, grabbing the attention of advertisers and software companies. With a growing number of people playing casual games on the Internet and a largely untapped market outside the United States, analysts say the market for fantasy sports can only grow. (Fantasy sports, leisure, technology, conducting a survey, determining fact or opinion.)
Advanced
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Past Simple
A Pre-Intermediate Grammar Worksheet with a short reading and 3 other exercises.
Pre-Intermediate
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Education - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
An upper-intermediate vocabulary worksheet looking at types of education and schooling, people in education, exam and study words and education terms.
Upper-Intermediate
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Sentence Snakes - Healthy Eating
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other and and introduces the topic of being healthy.
Elementary
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Camels
This lesson was suggested by Raewyn Diggerman of Queensland, Australia who won our 'Most Wanted Resource Competition' in which contestants suggested an idea for a resource they wanted written.
Upper-Intermediate
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Alaska's Hotting Up
Welcome to Alaska, where the blow of climate change will fall harder than on any other U.S. state. Records indicate that Alaska has already experienced the largest regional warming of any U.S. state. (Global warming, droughts, forest fires, infestations of insects, True or False, understanding the main idea, scanning, finding synonyms).
Advanced
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World's Largest Lesson 2008
This lesson looks at two problems: the prevalence of landmines and the current global food crisis. Countries with landmines have problems rehabilitating victims and being able to use land for farming. Commodity prices have soared recently and poorer people in many places are going hungry because the basic things they need to survive have become so expensive. There are four different articles so if possible allocate each student in your class to read a different article.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - The Present Continuous
This pre-intermediate worksheet helps students with various uses of the present continuous: for actions in progress, for actions happening at the present time and for temporary actions.
Pre-Intermediate
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Ask Me A Question
This warmer is good for the first class of the semester when students are getting to know their teacher and each other.
Intermediate
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Romance Hits End of the Line
A modern-day love story of a man spotting the girl of his dreams across a New York subway train and tracking her down over the Internet has failed to have a fairytale ending with the relationship over. (Bizarre stories, romance, communication, expressions of quantity: how much/how many/ few, little, very few and very little, fairy tales.)
Intermediate
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Mind Your Manners
Smiling and friendly, Beijing's shop assistants, taxi drivers, doormen, restaurant staff and even the police are trying very hard to be polite to foreign visitors. (Shopping, politeness, China, present continuous, miming an action, discussion, manners.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Trim the grocery bill, not nutrition
Food prices, fuel costs and economic fears are growing, but that doesn't mean you can't eat healthfully while on a recession diet. Feeding yourself and your family on a budget can still include nutritious lean protein, fruits and vegetables in your diet every day... It just requires an open mind and a bit of extra time. (Nutrition, health, shopping and cooking, must/ must not/ should/ should not/ have to.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Weather Words
The word 'weather' means how much sunshine, rain etc there is or how hot or cold it is. To find out about the weather, ask, "What's the weather like?". A vocabulary worksheet for lower level students.
Elementary
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A Day In The Life Of A Triathlete
To practice reading for understanding, to practice asking and answering questions, to learn about fitness training and sport vocabulary, to read a text describing someone's daily routine and to look at some adverbs of frequency. 
Intermediate
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Kid Food
Most food products aimed specifically at children have poor nutritional content even though more than half of the products are marketed to the contrary. (Nutrition, food for children, consumer issues, will for future forms.)
Intermediate
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Ice Pops for Zoo Animals
A zoo in Rome is feeding its animals a treat of frozen fruits every day because of the very hot weather. (Weather, animals and zoos, present perfect simple, talking about the weather, describing a zoo.)
Elementary
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"Made in China?"
These days, many fashionistas are still confused over what is real, what is fake, and whether a product's country of origin says anything about its quality. Even a "Made in Italy" label no longer guarantees that a bag or a pair of shoes was hand crafted by artisans in a Tuscan workshop. (Luxury items, consumers, ethical consumerism.)
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An Anna Grammar Worksheet – Present Simple Tense
This Anna Grammar Worksheet presents information and exercises on the Present Simple. For Pre-Intermediate level students.
Pre-Intermediate
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A Max Vocab Worksheet - Sport
This worksheet looks at words to talk about different people involved in sport, where they do it and what they use.
Intermediate
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No Medals For Athletes' Families
The families of athletes heading to the Beijing Games can only hope that years of scheduling meals, holidays and finances around their loved ones' sporting lives will be made worthwhile by Olympic success. (Sport, families, the Olympics, present simple tense to describe habits)
Pre-Intermediate
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Wedding Tourists
Alan Chen and his fiancee Chan Mei-ling of Hong Kong are spending almost $3,000 plus travel expenses on a three-day visit to Taiwan for something they could have done at home: get their wedding photos taken. (Weddings, reading for the main idea, choosing the best answer, quantity words.)
Intermediate
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Running from the Pigs
A man, who was running away from the police, asked police for help when he ran into a family of wild boar. Two prisoners rescued a prison officer when a boar attacked him at a prison. (Bizarre stories, crime and rescues, infinitives of purpose.)
Elementary
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Infinitives to express purpose
When we want to say why we did something, we can use an infinitive (to + base form of a verb). A Grammar Worksheet from Anna Grammar.
Elementary
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Environmentally friendly power sources
A corn-like plant that can grow as high as an elephant's eye on some of Earth's driest farmland shows promise as a "smart" biofuel that won't cut into world food supplies and wind power has been growing steadily for the past three years. (Alternative fuel and energy sources, the environment, climate change, pair reading, completing a table of information, discussion, zero, first and second conditionals).
Intermediate
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An Educational Max Vocabulary Worksheet
An elementary-level worksheet on schooling words.
Elementary
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Slim Peace
There's the weekly weigh-in, the tips on healthy snacking and the chit-chat between women. But this is a slimming group with a difference: half its members are Palestinian, half are Israeli and the aim is to foster dialogue, through a common battle with weight. (Women and focus groups, Palestine and Israel, conflicts, brainstorming, completing a table of information, collocation and vocabulary exercises)
Advanced
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Top International Travel Destinations
The Greek island of Rhodes was voted on Thursday as the top European location in a survey of the world's 100 best travel destinations. New Zealand topped the international survey. (Best travel destinations, geography, tourism, travel questionnaire, reading for numbers and facts, explaining a headline.)
Upper-Intermediate
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What's The Purpose?
This speaking activity helps students practice using the infinitive of purpose to say why someone does something.
Elementary
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No cake
Children in a New Zealand school must not bring birthday cakes to school because of rules for healthy eating. (Diet, children, birthdays, true or false questions, giving an opinion.)
Elementary
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Birthday Hell!
Welcome to the deepest inner circle of parenting hell - the kiddie birthday party. Who knew a simple celebration could generate so much anxiety and overindulgence? Most adults remember when kids' birthdays meant ice cream and a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Today children have come to expect lavish orgies of gifts, gimmicks and goody bags. (Children, parenting, birthday parties, consumerism, brainstorming, planning a birthday party.)
Advanced
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!Imperatives & Instructions!
When we want to tell people how to do something, we often write instructions to show them how it is done. A Grammar Worksheet from Anna Grammar.
Intermediate
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A Model Citizen
Paris Hilton, the celebrity and hotel heiress who spent a stint in jail last year, said on Thursday she sees herself as a role model for young women as she prepared to judge a contest to crown Miss Turkey. (Movie stars, notoriety, role models, skimming and scanning, writing and conducting an interview, crossword.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Super Sushi
As Japanese sushi conquers restaurants and homes around the world, industry experts are fighting the side-effects of the raw fish boom: fake sushi bars, over-confident amateurs, poisoned consumers. (Seafood, consumers, answering true or false questions, sequencing, writing instructions, writing a recipe, will used for sudden decisions.)
Intermediate
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