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Night of a Thousand Dinners
At the Night of a Thousand Dinners people around the world share a meal to raise money for landmine clearance. This lesson looks at this event, some of the problems that landmines have caused in Afghanistan, and the dangers of landmines. (Landmine organizations, international issues, effect of landmine explosions on ordinary people, especially women, Afghanistan, reading and predicting, making sentences, jigsaw reading, comprehension, sharing information, check your understanding.)
Advanced
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Breakfast Study
A new study suggests young adults may be less attentive in school when they skip breakfast. (Nutrition, importance of breakfast, nutritional needs of boys and girls, survey, understanding the main idea, matching sentence beginnings and endings, multiple choice questions, pairwork - talking about meals and performance in tests, sharing information game, frequency adverbs, countable and uncountable nouns and expressons of quantity.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Could You Mime That?
At the Cafe Signes in Paris, the staff wear beaming smiles, the service is faultless and there is no yelling from the kitchen. But if you want something to eat or drink, you are going to have to work out how to mime it -- most of the staff are deaf. (Finding the main idea, reading for specific information, comprehension, guessing meanings of words from context, true or false, role play, discussion, collocation.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Alphabet Vocab
To review and increase students' vocabulary using an Alphabet Box.
Elementary
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Two Uses of "to be" + infinitive
In your lesson about Working Elephants, there is a part in the reading that says: "they are to have", can you mix the verb to be with other verbs in the infinitive?
Intermediate
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Feeling Weird?
Mysteriously snuffed out candles, weird sensations and shivers down the spine may not be due to the presence of ghosts in haunted houses but to very low frequency sound that is inaudible to humans. (Scientific experiments, ghosts and the supernatural, categorizing words, discussion, understanding the main idea, sequencing, comprehension, true or false, summarizing, writing a story, listening to a story, ghost stories, identifying grammatical errors, pair crossword.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Photos and Stamps
People in Japan can now put their face or favorite photo on a stamp. (Photos, stamps, new products, understanding the main idea, comprehension, jigsaw reading, reading and retelling, the verb 'take' and its meanings, reading clozes, 'Asking and Answering Yes / No Questions' game.)
Elementary
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"I aren't"
Is this expression, "I aren't," OK used in a short answers?
Intermediate
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Alphabetical Disorder
This warmer is a noisy way to review vocabulary and get students using a lot of English.
Intermediate
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In A Crate
A man trying to save a little money, traveled in an air cargo crate by plane from New York to Texas. Investigators are now asking him questions about his trip. (Bizarre stories, deliveries, predicting, understanding the main idea, making questions, ordering events, reading for detail, personal pronouns, sequencing game.)
Elementary
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Adjectives - '...ed' and '...ing'
Teaching the difference between adjectives ending in "ing" and adjectives ending in "ed". Includes pattern drills.
Intermediate
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Story Telling with Word Cards
This warmer is a clever way to get all students involved in group story telling.
Intermediate
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Next Stop Please...
A dog has taken the bus without her owner to a dog park. People can take dogs on buses in Seattle but Eclipse goes on buses without her owner to a dog park. A Hong Kong toddler who just loves watching buses got the ride of his life after sneaking onto a double-decker which took him on a trip half way across town. (Transport pets, past continuous, past simple, adverbs of manner.)
Elementary
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Idioms - True and False - Nemo
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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A 20-Minute Lesson
I have to do a 20 minute lesson with a group of 7th/8th graders, on grammar and vocabulary. Help!
Intermediate
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Can't See The Trees
US cities have lost more than 20 percent of their trees in the past 10 years. This is due mainly to urban sprawl and highway construction. (Importance of trees, loss of trees in cities, understanding the main idea, crossword, interpreting a flowchart and transferring information, reading in detail, present simple, present perfect and past simple tenses, brainstorming.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Something's Cooking for Career Changers
Lisa Poulos loved the frenetic pace of her job as assistant to a top executive at a Manhattan financial firm, but she quit her job and enrolled in Manhattan's French Culinary Institute where she could learn cooking and baking skills. (Cooking, career changes, comprehension, guessing meanings of words from context, summarizing, food and cooking vocabulary, bar and line graph work, matching words game, reading an interview.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Suitable Husband
"Who wants to marry my daughter?" That is what is on a sign planted on Donna Wood's front lawn in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Wood is seeking a soul mate for her 22-year-old daughter Karah, whose romantic choices over the years have left much to be desired, the mother said. (Arranged marriages, finding suitable marriage partners, bizarre stories, mixed questions, true or false, ranking, writing an advertisement, dialogue, word game.)
Intermediate
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A phenomenon called "aspect"
Anna talks about "aspect"... How English concentrates on a) whether an action starts and finishes or b) whether an action continues over a period.
Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Turn, Turn, Turn
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Working Elephants
India's working elephants are to have reflectors put on their rears to stop road accidents. (Elephants, road safety, prediction, gap fill, information exchange, questions, writing headlines, the adverb 'often', How often...?, asking about frequency game, running dictation.)
Elementary
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Introduce Yourself With Body Language
This is a different kind of ice-breaker activity guaranteed to get students laughing: Make up a new 'language'!
Intermediate
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Collocations
How would you teach collocations, particularly at a beginner's level?
Intermediate
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Paris Beach
Can you have a beach without the sea? Paris set out to prove you can, importing sand, palm trees and sunbeds for a repeat of 2002's "Paris-Plage" experiment that lured over two million sun-worshippers to the concrete-lined banks of the River Seine. (Leisure, Paris, beaches and summer vacations, survey, predicting, true, false or not given, comprehension, deducing meaning from context, could have + past participle, dialogue build.)
Intermediate
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Mystery Man
A man suffering from amnesia has caused problems for Norwegian police. They have asked the media to help identify the well-dressed, educated man after two months of unsuccessful investigations. (Missing persons, amnesia, categorizing words, listening for ideas, true or false, reading and thinking, class story, answering questions with short answers and positive and negative forms, Who is this person? game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Modals - "Would"
Anna answers a question about how to use "would".
Intermediate
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Count To 21
This is a great activity for all ages and a good way to get students more focused.
Elementary
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Animal Phones
The sweet song of a bird, the roar of a lion or the grunt of a hippo could soon replace the beeping of Britain's mobile phones. (New services for mobile phones, matching pictures and words, split reading, tell someone about an article, matching information, reading for detail, discussion, what am I? game, understanding and drawing a cartoon, the present continuous tense, crossword - animals.)
Elementary
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Mirrors Not Required
Wall-to-wall mirrors in gyms and dance studios might stop women getting the exercise they need because women who work out in front of a mirror get discouraged and feel tired, Canadian researchers said. (Exercise and body image, Find Someone Who game, categorizing words, writing questions, crossword, completing sentences, true, false or not given, role play, discussion, group design project, superlative adjectives.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Prepositions: "to me" or "for me" for opinion?
When do we use the prepositional phrases "to me" and "for me" for statements of opinion? Is there any difference between the two?
Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Pigs and Hogs
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Pigs and Hogs
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Lights Out!
U.S. supermarkets and restaurants had to throw away mountains of spoiled vegetables, meats and dairy products, while others were counting on backup generators to minimize losses from the largest power outage in North America's history. (Power failure and the effects of a blackout on supermarkets and restaurants, predicting from the headline, sequencing, comprehension, true, false or not given, word forms, peer dictation.)
Intermediate
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Find Someone Who - Languages
This warmer gets students out of their seats and asking other students questions about languages and places.
Pre-Intermediate
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"to be" Used in the Wrong Way
I would like help to encourage my ESOL students NOT to use the verb 'to be' in front of the simple present or past. Are they getting it mixed up with the Passive?
Intermediate
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Stressed! Stressed! Stressed!
Job stress is a leading cause of illness, depression and workplace violence in America today and is increasing, experts say. (Stress in the workplace, causes, business, sharing opinions and fluency speaking practice, understanding the headline, matching information, reading for information, spot the mistake - grammatical errors, sequencing game.)
Advanced
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Everest Anniversary
As he marked the 50th anniversary of reaching the roof of the world, a now gray-haired and stooped Sir Edmund Hillary didn't care if he really was the first to the top of Mount Everest. (Everest, Mallory, Hillary and Norgay, mountain climbing, anniversary of historic climb, matching information, sequencing, scrambled questions, complete the sentences, comparing pictures, true, false or not given, crossword.)
Intermediate
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A Rude Passenger
A Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Brisbane, Australia made an unscheduled stop to eject a passenger who became unruly after a heated argument with his girlfriend. The man may have to pay the A$25,000 bill. (Airplane travel, passenger behavior, sequencing, summarizing, discussion, true or false, interview, word forms, pair crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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"Since"
"Anna, I need your help. I have to explain the proper use of the word "since". Could you help me on this?"
Intermediate
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Conversation Strips - Banking
This warmer nicely complements lessons having to do with everyday or survival English.
Intermediate
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Turtle Refuge
In New York, finding a nice apartment to live in is all about who you know. For turtles, that person is Richard Ogust. (Endangered species, turtles, wildlife organizations, scanning, true or false, crossword - environment words, where and which, information exchange - marine turtles, dialogue.)
Intermediate
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New Age Cinema
Bawling babies have ruined films for countless moviegoers but now one New York cinema is filling an entire theater with them in an effort to win the business of stir-crazy parents who haven't gone out in years. (Cinemas, moviegoing habits, parenting and babies, what would you do, categorizing words, true or false, reading for details, meanings from context, conjunctions (and, but, so, because) find someone who..., describing a scene, present continuous tense, design project.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Flames, Fire and Burn
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Modal Auxiliaries
Anna answers a question from Jordan about the perfect tense of modal auxiliaries.
Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Flies and Bees
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Toy Gun
Holding a toy pistol, a would-be robber chose a strange place to try and rob -- a gun shop. (Crime stories, matching words and pictures, comprehension, sequencing, thinking carefully, running dictation, word find puzzle, immediately, writing a dialogue.)
Elementary
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The Subjunctive in English
Anna answers a question about the question: 'Isn't it time we thought about eating?'
Intermediate
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Group Sentences 2
This warmer is good for mingling, and getting students talking and moving.
Intermediate
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Plan To Fight Future SARS
Asia-Pacific health ministers have agreed to common health screening procedures for the deadly SARS virus and to share information to combat the disease as China promised openness to stop future outbreaks. (SARS, controlling infectious diseases, trade, brainstorming, predicting from the headline, making questions, completing and performing an interview.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Green Packaging
Wild Oats Markets Inc. became the first grocery store in the United States to roll out a new type of "green" packaging which looks like plastic but turns into compost after disposal. (Environmentally friendly packaging, comprehension, true or false, meanings from context, summarizing, information gap activity, language - making predictions.)
Intermediate
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