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Brrrrrrrr!
Some 300 racers took the plunge in this year's world icepool swimming championship in the Arctic north of Finland. "The feeling is difficult to describe," said Kari Farlin, 45, dressed in a fur hat and swimsuit after racing in water of one degree Celsius. (Bizarre sports, championships and festivals, swimming, Finland, discussion, making questions, multiple choice questions, information exchange game - world championships, sport crossword, suffixes: -er and -or.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Ordering Festivals
This warmer encourages students to think about different festivals and world events.
Pre-Intermediate
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"Already" and "Yet"
Could you tell me what the difference in meaning is between already and yet in a positive sentence or question?
Intermediate
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Inventions
This warmer produces lively discussion and gives students practice using the past passive.
Intermediate
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Cyber Crime
This is about a plan where high-tech companies and companies involved in ecommerce joined the FBI to use encrypted e-mail and a secure Web site to warn each other about new hacking attempts, computer viruses and other Internet-based criminal activity. (Internet crime, hacking, ecommerce, the FBI, verb agreements)
Upper-Intermediate
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Truant Text Warning!
This is about how children at a Singapore school need to think twice about playing truant: The school has set up a mobile phone text message broadcast system which automatically alerts their parents!
Intermediate
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Electronic Junk Mail
As the volume of email spam hits epidemic proportions, the makers of Internet security products are taking notice. (Email spam and anti-spam products, understanding the main idea, vocabulary work, multiple-choice questions, true or false, reading gap fill, dialogue share your opinion.)
Advanced
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Prepositions: 'knock at' and 'knock on'
What is the difference between 'knock at' and 'knock on'?
Intermediate
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Increase in Internet Users in China
The number of Internet users in China made its highest recorded jump to reach 137 million at the end of 2006, a 2007 report has said. (Use of the Internet, China, saying numbers aloud, predicting, reading for gist, true or false, ordinal numbers, word find, survey.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Odd One Out
This Warmer encourages discussion of the characteristics of different animals, and encourages spoken fluency, especially discussion and debate.
Intermediate
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Prepositions - 'die of' and 'die for'
Is there a way of knowing when the verb "die" is followed by "for" and when by "of"?
Intermediate
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Young Smokers Find A Way
Restrictions on the sale of tobacco to minors may be prompting more teenage smokers to steal cigarettes or get them from parents and older friends, according to a U.S. study of student smoking habits in Texas. (Minors and smoking, anti-tobacco laws, scanning, completing a table, matching figures with information, true or false, prepositions, describing increases and decreases, cloze listening, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Is Ecotourism Too Popular?
Ecotourism is taking its toll on wildlife and may be endangering the survival of the very animals people are flocking to see, according to researchers. (Ecotourism and its impact on wildlife, animal quiz, talking about animals, predicting, completing a table, check your understanding, true, false or not given, the present continuous, jigsaw reading, crossword.)
Intermediate
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Beware of FrankenFish!
The vegetation grows thick in this dark-watered pond, hiding all that swims beneath. It could double as the set for the 1950s movie classic "Creature from the Black Lagoon." In a way it does, for the dreaded land-crawling, all-eating snakehead fish lives here. (Snakehead fish, eradication program, listening gap fill, writing questions, reading for detail, discussion, non-defining relative clauses.)
Advanced
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What Sport Am I Playing?
This warmer introduces students to the names of different sports.
Elementary
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Extra Jail for Smoker
For a 73-year-old Canadian man, 20 months in a smoke-free jail looked just too long, so instead he took 24 months in a prison where he can smoke cigarettes. (Smoking issues, discussion, understanding the main idea, comprehension, choose the best answer, regular and irregular simple past tense verbs, nouns - nationalities and languages.)
Pre-Intermediate
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British vs American - "Fall" and "Autumn"
A rose by any other name... Is 'Fall' as poetic as "Autumn'? A debate!!
Intermediate
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Changing Careers
Boardroom lunches and presentations to high-flying British executives were routine for Martin during his 15 years as a management consultant. Now his lunch break is spent supervising school dinners and he gives presentations to his hardest audience yet -- geography students at a London school. (Teaching vs business as a career, job satisfaction, interview - attitudes to work, writing questions, complete a table, making comparisons between things that are not equal or the same, peer dictation.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Colored Candy
This warmer adds some fun to the task of talking about yourself in front of your classmates.
Intermediate
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Losing Success
A Japanese racehorse, who is famous because she has lost so many races, lost another race. (Horseracing, winning and losing, Seabiscuit, sports, matching questions and answers, finding information, choose the best answer, discussion, positive adjectives, in or on (time), questionnaire on sports and famous sportspeople.)
Elementary
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Vocabulary - "Though" and "Although"
Could you kindly help me: What's the difference between "though" and "although"?
Intermediate
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Tunnel Ball
This warmer is a good way to get students up and running!
Elementary
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CEOs and Workers
Never having cleaned a bathroom in his life, a CEO was down on his knees, scrubbing with great effort but little interest, under the watchful eye of his supervisor. He was one of several CEOs to get down and dirty for a week's worth of labor in the new reality-based show "Now Who's Boss?". (Reality television, CEOs, entertainment, discussion, finding the main idea, reading for specific information, completing a table of information, matching information, like as a preposition and as a verb.)
Intermediate
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Business Trip Mothers
It is a tough emotional decision every work-trip mom faces: will being away doing a deal damage her relationship with her children, as some studies show, or, as many professional moms say, will their children be more well-rounded individuals and less prone to separation anxiety. (Business travel, career and family, women, personality quiz, choosing the best headline, completing a table of information, true, false or not given, gerunds, Same Or Different listening Game, discussion.)
Advanced
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Pronouncing "i"
Any rules to pronounce the first "i" in the words "identity" and "ignition"?
Intermediate
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Move Over, Karaoke
Frustrated actors have a new outlet for their creative urges that until now was only available to their singing cousins -- Movieoke, Karaoke's cinematic sibling. (Movieoke, entertainment, skimming, comprehension, completing a flowchart, true, false or not given, guessing vocabulary using the context, a,an,the, checking a summary, matching game - famous lines from movies, survey.)
Intermediate
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Check the Date - Present Perfect
This is similar to the Check the Date warmer students used to practice the past continuous. In this warmer they use the present perfect.
Pre-Intermediate
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Teaching the verb 'to be'
Help! I need some English grammar lessons to teach the verb 'to be'.
Intermediate
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Dog Show Intrigue
Something sinister is troubling Britain's genteel world of dog-showing, and at the center of it all lies one question: Who called Mrs Mann a "puppy farmer?" Hate mail is circulating, threats have been made over the phone, Mann - the country's top show judge - has resigned. (Gossip and scandal, dogshows, brainstorming and planning, whisper campaign, understanding main idea, completing table of information, categorizing words, comprehension, interview, quotations about gossip, word formation.)
Advanced
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Vocabulary Crossword - Fruit
This warmer is a fun way to get students to think about and remember vocabulary groups they have already learned.
Pre-Intermediate
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Pattern Drills - Advanced
Would you please give me some suggestions as to how to teach advanced English grammar, especially how to guide students to do the exercises?
Intermediate
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Angry Head and Heart
Men prone to angry tantrums or sulky hostility are more likely to develop an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, U.S. researchers reported. (Anger, emotions, scanning, checking information, scanning, matching words and meaning, checking information, summarizing, information exchange activity, survey, likely and unlikely.)
Intermediate
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Golden Wool
Two Australian sheep farmers have produced the world's finest wool. (Farming, wool, sheep, fashion, animals, superlative adjectives, active and passive voices in simple present tense, comprehension, fill the gaps, Animal Game, true or false, Agricultural Products Game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Sentence Snakes - Upper-Int - "Prepositions 2"
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
Upper-Intermediate
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Conditional - 'were' and 'was'
Can you please tell me why we use 'were' instead of 'was' but just for the conditional tense?
Intermediate
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Global Warming Threat
Global warming poses a greater long-term threat to humanity than terrorism because it could force hundreds of millions from their homes and trigger an economic catastrophe, Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson said. (Global warming, terrorism, threats, ranking, understanding the main idea, scanning, comprehension, understanding points of view, direct and indirect speech, giving opinions, game - indirect speech, writing a poem using prompts.)
Upper-Intermediate
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All Gadgets In One
Dennis Nally used to travel with a cell phone, an electronic organizer and a laptop. These days, the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers carries a tiny handheld device that does it all. (Multipurpose gadgets, technology, consumers, understanding the headline, text organization, finding information, completing a table, interview, crossword - adjectives, adjectives - -ed and -ing, Gadgets game - ordering instructions and writing instructions for using a machine.)
Advanced
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Management Survey
Women are included in the senior management of nearly 90 percent of Russian companies, the highest rate among major countries, a survey showed. (Businesswomen, gender equality, business, understanding factual information, surveys, categorizing words, adjectives, brainstorming, understanding the main idea, organizing information, completing a table, adverbs - nearly, almost and exactly, discussion, vocabulary extension game - adjective antonyms.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Vocabulary Crossword - Parts of the Body
This Warmer draws on previously learned vocabulary about body parts.
Intermediate
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Word Use - "like", "as" and "how"
Anna explains about the use of words "like", "as" and "how".
Intermediate
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Sentence Snakes - Intermediate - "Prepositions 1"
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
Intermediate
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Negatives - "Too" "Also"
I learned in grammar books that in negative sentences it is not correct to use "too" or "also". Instead of these words you must take the word "either". Now I have come across negative sentences with "also" in several authentic English texts. Can you give me the exact rules?
Intermediate
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Not The Retiring Type
The oldest bank robber in the United States, a 92-year-old man, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing a Texas bank. He said he robbed his first bank when he was about 80 because he wanted revenge against banks for sending him into a financial crisis. (Bizarre stories, crime, banks, discussion, Find Your Other Half Vocabulary game, predicting, skimming, sequencing, question construction, phrasal verbs, read and draw.)
Intermediate
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Sleep for the Sick?
Patients who have complained they cannot get any rest in noisy hospitals have been vindicated with a report confirming that the racket on hospital wards can be as loud as a rock concert. (Hospitals, importance of sleep, noise levels, survey, ranking, predicting from the headline, completing a table, comprehension, arranging sentence parts, comparisons: as...as and not as....as, brainstorming.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Pronouns - 'You and I/me'
A question from New York: I have heard people say, "Tom and me" , but I was taught it should be "Tom and I". Which is correct?
Intermediate
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Vocabulary Crossword - Sports
This warmer is a fun way to get students to think about and remember vocabulary groups they have already learned.
Intermediate
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A Short Lesson on The Passive
This week Anna answers a question from one of her own students! - About the Passive.
Upper-Intermediate
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Sentence Snakes - Pre-Intermediate - "Like"
This warmer encourages students to think about word order (using "like" as a preposition and a verb in questions), and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
Pre-Intermediate
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Someone Found My Wallet!
A wallet that was lost in southern Sweden more than 40 years ago has been returned to its owner and her money was still in it. (Lost and found stories, bizarre stories, personal items, understanding the main idea, forming and answering questions, matching information, reading and thinking, choose the best answer, question words (who, where, what, when, how, whose, why, which), short partner questionnaire, writing a short description, discussion.)
Elementary
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The Great Shrinking Wall
The Great Wall of China is shrinking as tourism and development take their toll on one of the world's most famous monuments. (Famous structures, the Great Wall of China, seven wonders of the world, matching information and pictures, completing a table, constructing questions, finding evidence, summarizing, listening for specific information, infinitive of purpose, discussion.)
Intermediate
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