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It's Mine, It's Yours
Revision of possessive pronouns and adjectives and pronunciation of pronouns and adjectives, using pair crosswords.
Elementary
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Mustn't and Don't Have To
Anna answers a question about mustn't and don't have to.
Intermediate
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Where Do They Go
This Weekly Warmer gets students to practice listening and reading at the same time, while discussing rules for definite and indefinite articles.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Past Simple - Elementary
Anna Grammar presents a Past Simple Worksheet for Elementary students.
Elementary
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Sentence Snakes - Infinitive of Purpose
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
Elementary
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Ethical Education
An Indian teenager fooled governments, the media and even the president into believing he had topped the world in a NASA science exam. Canadian university students cheated on an ethics course. (Dishonesty, plagiarizing, examinations, understanding the main idea, answering true, false or not given questions, describing past habits and routines, writing a questionnaire.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Using Past Tense for the Present
It isn't often that Anna uses the phrase "vestiges of the subjunctive", but she does in this answer to why we use the past tense in sentences like "I think it is about time we left," and "Isn't it about time you did your homework?"
Intermediate
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Roman Chariots in England
Archaeologists have found remains of a chariot racing track in Colchester. 8,000 people probably watched chariot races at the track. Archaeologist, Philip Crummy thinks the track is one of the most exciting things he has found. (History, chariot racing, archaeology, the Romans, brainstorming, comprehension, true or false, reading for understanding, comparative adjectives and superlative adjectives.)
Elementary
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Escaping a Date!
You're on a date, it's a disaster but there's no way out. A mobile phone company in Australia has a service offering an escape. All you have to do is dial three numbers and then hang up. The company will call you back a minute later with a perfect excuse to get you out of there. (Dating, relationships, quiz, predicting from the headline, reading for gist, crossword: telephone words, reading for understanding, functional language: making excuses, dialogues, have to and should.)
Pre-Intermediate
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What are you going to do this weekend?
This warmer encourages students to talk about plans, and learn about each other.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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What Were You Doing...?
This Warmer can be used at most levels to practice describing actions (using the Past Continuous).
Elementary
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Worksheet - Present Continuous - Elementary
Anna has put information and exercises about the Present Continuous in this worksheet for Elementary students.
Elementary
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Making/Taking A Decision
What is the difference between: "make a decision" and "take a decision" and when should we use them? - Bola, Germany
Intermediate
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Finished?
What's the difference between "are you finished" and "have you finished"? - Eva from France
Intermediate
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Gossip Session
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, move around and talk to each other, and gossip about famous people!
Pre-Intermediate
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Worksheet - Present Continuous: Spelling
Anna Grammar gives a quick guide to spelling Present Continuous verbs. A worksheet for Elementary students.
Elementary
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Real Music by Real Musicians
Forget manufactured pop. After suffering a surfeit of Reality TV shows that propelled instantly forgettable stars into the charts, British music fans have had enough. Durability is the new buzzword as the British music business hands out its annual awards after a buoyant year. (Music trends, manufactured bands, popstars, make a choice, understanding the main idea, guessing words from context, presenting a summary, phrasal verbs, giving an opinion.)
Advanced
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A B C
Max takes a look at the history of A, B and C!
Intermediate
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When and While
Can you tell me how to explain the difference in meaning of 'when' and 'while'. It seems that often we can use either one.
Intermediate
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Skateboarding Online
A skateboarding priest is a YouTube hit and women in different countries are now skateboarding. One woman has started www.skateboardmom.com. (Sport, comprehension, complete the table, word order, true or false, the present continuous: is/am/are, extra reading.)
Elementary
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Give me and Give to me
"Give me the book," and "Give the book to me," are both correct. What other verbs can be used in both these ways - with a 'to' and without?
Intermediate
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Internet Exchange
For unwanted gifts from this holiday season, web bazaars like eBay have made the Great Gift Swap more popular than ever. (Gift giving, customs, What Would You Do? quiz - gifts, white lies, predicting from the headline, guessing meanings from context, scanning, true or false, Choose The Right Gift Game, jigsaw reading game, present perfect simple and present simple tenses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Harvard School of Love
Over 35? Still looking for Mr. Right? Feeling left on the shelf? Perhaps it is time to repackage your assets, take a hard look at your personal brand and start telemarketing yourself. (Finding suitable marriage partners, business jargon, predicting, understanding the main idea, gap fill, true, false or not given, used to + base form and be / get used to + noun or gerund, information sharing, dating agency activity, discussion.)
Advanced
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Fish Finds True Love
A stressed-out spotted fish in a British aquarium has calmed down after finding its perfect match... a look-alike plastic dice. (Compound adjectives, singular and plural forms, writing a comic strip)
Intermediate
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Present tense for the future
a. We won't have to share the apple pie.
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b. We won't have to be sharing the apple pie.
and
a. When are you having exams?
b. When do you have exams?
Intermediate
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Follow Me
This is a great warmer to get students laughing and one that you can vary a million times!
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Worked/Been Working
"I've worked here for a year." "I've been working here for a year." If there some differences, what are they? What are the clues to note to distinguish one from the other?
Intermediate
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Calling a person 'it'
Wolfie answers a question about why we sometimes call a person 'it'.
Intermediate
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'No Better Than' and 'Not Better Than'
"Please comment on the differences between 'no better than' and 'not better than'."
Intermediate
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New Year's Resolutions
This warmer encourages students to talk about future intentions by making resolutions. It's a good warmer for New Year's Eve.
Intermediate
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Talking Digitoys
Toys are changing fast, not least because their vocabulary is increasing, fast! New toys have computing power that makes them completely different to toys of even 10 years ago. There's even a doll that can read! (Toys, computer chips, children's development, scanning, writing definitions, identifying viewpoints, summarizing, discussion.)
Advanced
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Football Flowers
A Canadian Football league player says he doesn't want more flowers. He missed a kick in a game. The Saskatchewan Roughriders did not make the Canadian Football League final because he missed the kick. Fans are sending him flowers. (Sport, football, obsessive fans, matching words and pictures, discussion, comprehension, understanding the main idea, ordering events, true or false, present continuous tense, sporting vocabulary.)
Elementary
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Worksheet - Question Words - Elementary
Anna talks about Question Words for the Elementary level - with an exercise.
Elementary
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Find My Partner
This warmer gives students practice with different question words (who, what, where, etc.) and in asking and answering questions that could be used as part of a short speaking test.
Elementary
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Doctors' Writing
Prescription medication errors kill thousands every year. Courses organised to teach doctors to write quickly and legibly have been tried, and now computers are being brought in to help. (Doctors, bad handwriting, computer records, greek and latin roots of words, tag questions, role play: conducting a doctor/patient consultation.)
Intermediate
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"Hello, is that Travel Dot Com?"
Online travel booking was meant to save businesses money, and make the whole process easy and painless. However, some problems have emerged, and business people are again reaching for the phone to make travel arrangements the old-fashioned way. (Business travel, online business, discussion, travel vocabulary, finding the main idea, sequencing, ranking and listing activity, Internet research.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Vocabulary - Very
Is VERY both an adjective and an adverb?
Intermediate
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The Humble Potato
Max tells us about the history of the words to do with potatoes.
Intermediate
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'Yes/No' Questions - Elementary Worksheet
An Anna Grammar Worksheet.
Elementary
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Yes I Do/No I Don't
This warmer helps students practice reading, understanding and answering yes/no questions.
Elementary
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A Healthy Diet?
A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent heart disease and strokes, says a large study from Spain. (Healthy diets, food vocabulary, reading for the main idea, scanning, true or false, crossword puzzle, What Is It?, countable and uncountable nouns game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Safe Food
A plastic tag could soon stop people worrying about whether food has gone bad and isn't safe to eat. (Freshness of food and a new invention, vocabulary, discussion, comprehension, sequencing, true or false, the suffix -ness, word find puzzle, word order exercise and interview.)
Elementary
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Healthy Tea
A tea lover has released a book on throwing tea parties. A study of over 3,400 adults in Saudi Arabia - a country of tea-lovers - found that people who drank more than 6 cups of tea per day had a more than 50% lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to tea abstainers. (Benefits of drinking tea, survey, true or false, meanings in context, completing information, headlines, role play.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Coffee - A Complex Brew
Angela Holder does not swallow her coffee at work. In scenes redolent of a wine-tasting session, she slurps it, swishes it around her mouth and noisily spits it out. She 'cups' coffee. (Coffee tasting, coffee market, coffee, Make a choice Game, coffee knowledge quiz, reading for the main idea, multiple choice questions, reading about a process, Talking about coffee or tea Game, descriptive writing, finishing an ad.)
Advanced
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Idioms - True and False - Bread and Meals
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Blind Date
"Blind restaurant an eye-opener for London diners." Dining in a completely dark room, unaware what's on your plate while sitting next to a complete stranger may not sound like an ideal restaurant experience but it's certainly an intriguing way to spend a rainy night in London. (food, five senses)
Intermediate
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Stative Verbs - An Exception
Most stative verbs are pretty rigid in their usage, but with some of them, it is possible to express a temporary situation. One of these is "love".
Intermediate
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Habit and the Present Continuous
"Anna,"I don't sell houses" is perfectly acceptable. Why can't we say, "I don't sell my house", but require a modifier such as "I don't want to sell my house"? Oh yoiks. I am sure there is a simple explanation but it eludes me!"
Intermediate
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'Except' and commas
Question: I just read your explanation on the use of except. Could you tell me which of these is correct?
- All of them except Lisa were asleep.
- All of them were asleep except Lisa.
Intermediate
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Are 'almost' and 'nearly' the same?
Well, Anna's answer is, 'yes, almost', but you better have a look to make sure!
Intermediate
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