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The Best Place To Live
Once more, Vienna ranked world's nicest city and Baghdad worst. Vienna's excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey. (Cities and quality of life, discussion, complete the table, scanning, thinking carefully, ranking items.)
Intermediate
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An Olympic Love Story
Mention the name Missoni, and most think of a fashion empire that revolutionized textile patterns, spawned the no-bra look on the catwalks, and is now a global brand that designs everything from sweaters to sheets to hotels. But none of it would have happened had it not been for the 1948 London Olympics. (Sequencing, completing a table, predicting)
Advanced
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Eat Your Vegetables!
Japanese coaches are telling a Japanese table tennis player to eat more vegetables before the London Olympics. (Koki Niwa, sport, diet, vegetables, the Olympics, quantifiers.)
Elementary
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Famous Cities - Wellington, New Zealand
This warmer is a fun way for students to find out about transport and the city of Wellington.
Pre-Intermediate
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Cash Mobs?
Flash mobs have been blamed as a factor in looting during urban riots. But now a group of online activists is harnessing social media like Twitter and Facebook to get consumers to spend at locally owned stores in cities around the world in so-called Cash Mobs. (Cash mobs, spending, business.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Adolescent CEOs
Venture capitalists are funding more chief executives under age 21 than ever before. Josh Buckley, chief executive of an online gaming start-up, is looking forward to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, particularly for the parties and the schmoozing with industry A-listers. There's one problem: Buckley may be turned away from many of the parties because he is not old enough to drink. (Young entrepreneurs, work, high-tech companies, venture capitalists, 'will' + infinitive.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - On the Road
This worksheet looks at the road and the vehicles that we drive or ride in as passengers. Students can match the pictures and complete a crossword puzzle.
Elementary
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Easter in different countries
This warmer is an interesting way for students to find out about others’ customs.
Intermediate
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A Happy Retirement
Interested in adventure and exploring new places? An international magazine is looking for volunteers to spend a month in Cuenca, Ecuador to test its potential as a retirement destination. Applicants must be near retirement age, from the United States or Canada and be willing to relax, explore, shop and report on their experience during an all-expense paid month in the Latin American country.
Upper-Intermediate
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Trapped!
A Swedish man was dug out alive after being snowed in to his car on a forest track for two months with no food and a man was trapped in an elevator for more than 40 hours. (Being trapped, escapes, direct speech, punctuation.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Reflexive pronouns
A worksheet for students to do by themselves.
Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Melbourne, Australia
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Melbourne. Students practise agreeing, disagreeing and reading for information.
Upper-Intermediate
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Teaching Millions the Art of War
China is rapidly becoming a country on wheels and its crowded driving schools are racing to churn out licensed drivers as fast as cars roll off the assembly lines. But judging by the daily smash-ups and blatant disregard for even basic traffic rules on China's roadways, quantity seems to have trumped quality at many schools. (Driving and driving tests, Beijing, cars.)
Advanced
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Photos Making Slow Way Home
In a large, bright room not far from the ocean that raged through this coastal Japanese city nearly a year ago, a handful of people with magnifying glasses pore over boxes of photographs of friends or loved ones. Photos lost or damaged in the 2011 March tsunami are slowly making their way back to their owners, thanks to the painstaking efforts of a team that cleans them of mud, dirt and oil. (Photographs, memories, disasters, the present perfect simple).
Intermediate
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Cyber School Bullies
Parents around the world say cyberbullying is a problem says a new survey and in the Netherlands some children bully other children online. 12% of Dutch young people said other children bully them online. (Bullying, cyberbullying, computer technology, schools, describing future plans, be going to..., discussion, asking for information game.)
Elementary
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Petsercise
The world's biggest food group Nestle has launched an online program inviting pet owners to team up with their furry friends to lose weight and an dog food advertisement especially produced for dogs, not their owners. (Business, obesity, pet owners, pet food, cats and dogs, "to" for purpose, proper nouns, role play and advertisements.)
Intermediate
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Farm Animals - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
This pre-intermediate worksheet looks at animals usually found on farms.
Pre-Intermediate
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Animals
This activity encourages communication between students using speaking, listening and reading skills.
Intermediate
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Punching for Gold
Teenage Afghan sisters fighting for women's rights as they join the Olympics as their country's first female boxers. (The Olympics, Afghanistran, sport. women's sports, past simple tense: regular and irregular verb forms)
Upper-Intermediate
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Lost and Found
An American violinist left her $2.6 million 1727 Stradivarius violin on a German train and a Boston music student was reunited with the $170,000 violin she forgot in the overhead compartment of a bus. An 89-year-old Canadian widow has inherited a C$130 ($88,000) cash windfall, although the money - left by her late husband in a fire extinguisher canister - was found by a couple in a house she no longer owned. (Money, court cases, law, valuable things.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Aging in Office
Judging by their "before" and "after" photographs, U.S. presidents appear to age before our eyes, adding wrinkles and gray hair with each year in office. But contrary to conventional wisdom, a few years in the White House do not appear to cut short the lives of U.S. presidents, and most live longer than their peers, according to a new study released on Tuesday. (President of the United States, age, longevity, health.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Day in the Life of a .....!
Reuters interviewed the Duck Master at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. The Duck Master is in charge of the hotel's flock of ducks. This tradition began in 1940. The Duck Master talks about his day. (Jobs, animals, hotels, third person singular verbs, time, answering and asking questions.)
Elementary
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Anna Grammar - Prepositions with Transport
An All Levels Grammar Worksheet from Anna Grammar that looks at transport and travel.
Intermediate
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Replacing the Carrot with a Stick
While workers mostly like to see an employer offer smoking cessation classes and weight loss programs, too few are signing up or showing signs of improvement. So now more employers are trying a different strategy - they're replacing the carrot with a stick and raising costs for workers who can't seem to lower their cholesterol or tackle obesity. They're also coming down hard on smokers. (Health care and compulsory wellness programs, business, pair crossword, opinion essays and discussion.)
Advanced
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That's Not Junk
One man's garbage is another man's riches, so the old saying goes. "University professor Jeff Ferrell is something of a U.S. urban Robin Hood, although what he gives away is not stolen but the result of dumpster diving. The professor of sociology looks through dumpsters and gives [most] of what he finds to the needy or to friends. (Reusing and recycling, waste disposal, vocabulary, true, false or not given, matching statements, second conditional, Trash or treasure Game, offering, requesting.)
Intermediate
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- Prefixes 4 - Position Prefixes
This worksheet looks at common prefixes which talk about position: that something is before or after something or under, between etc. something else. Knowing the meaning of a prefix can help you work out the meaning of a word.
Intermediate
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The Doll with the Dragon Tattoo?
The doll with the dragon tattoo? Mattel's latest collector's edition Barbie doll has pink hair and tattoos across her shoulders and neck. (Toys, Barbie dolls, role models, tattoos.)
Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Tokyo
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Tokyo.
Intermediate
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Colons - Anna Grammar Punctuation Worksheet
A colon is a punctuation sign of two dots :
If you're now wondering what a colon is for and how to use it, then this Worksheet will answer your questions.
Upper-Intermediate
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Renewables "gold rush"
Renewable energy has created a "gold rush" atmosphere in Germany's depressed north-east, giving the country's poorhouse good jobs and great promise. The natural resources attracting investors and industry are of a simple variety: wind, sunshine, agricultural products and farm waste such as liquid manure. (Germany, renewable energy, business.)
Advanced
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Famous Cities - Bethlehem
This warmer gets students scanning for information about a travel destination, completing a table about it and then sharing information in small groups.
Intermediate
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Hold the Pillow Mint
Hotel chains are delivering everything from yoga videos to recumbent bicycles to guests who prefer to work out their jet lag, or shape up for that business meeting, in the privacy of their rooms. "Probably fitness equipment is the biggest request we get from guests." (Hotels, fitness, conducting an interview, writing an email, scanning, present continous.)
Intermediate
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Famous People - Steve Jobs
This warmer looks at the former CEO and founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, who died on October 5 2011. It revises wh- and how questions.
Intermediate
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Abbreviations - AGW
This worksheet looks at abbreviations and their rules, use of periods and pronunciation. There are 2 exercises to do.
Intermediate
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Library Fines
The New York Public Library will waive the outstanding fines of up to 143,000 city children currently barred from borrowing new items on the condition they do one thing: read. Beginning on Monday, children enrolled in the library system's summer reading program will be able to knock $1 from their bill for every 15 minutes of reading they complete. (Libraries, debts, reading, describing a process, dialog and role play work.)
Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Paris
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Paris. Students will need to read for information then discuss, agree or disagree.
Intermediate
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Are You Out There?
Men in black, Mork and Mindy, shining lights in the sky and more than 20 years of other alien visitations and bizarre sightings recorded in Britain's own "X-Files" have been made available online to the public. (Aliens, legendary creatures, plural forms of words.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Clever Cats and Dogs
A clever dog and a brave cat. Beau, a black Labrador Retriever do is becoming famous for his math skills. His owner says if he tells Beau there are six dogs at the park and three dogs leave, and then asks him how many are left, the dog replies: "Woof, woof, woof." Mimi, a Persian cat, attacked a burglar when he decided to burgle 'her' house. (Cats and dogs, bizarre stories, crime, pets.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Auckland
This activity helps students learn about where to go and what to do in Auckland, New Zealand.
Skills: Discussing, agreeing and disagreeing, reading for information.
Intermediate
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India schoolgirl defies tradition
Her fate looked sealed when her family began organizing the nuptial celebrations. But the bride-to-be, a shy schoolgirl from a remote village in western India, wasn't ready to say "I do." In a region where patriarchy and age-old customs dictate a woman's life from birth to death, 15-year-old Sapna Meena in April joined a small but growing number of girls who are standing up against the widespread practice of child marriage in India. (Child marriage, education, marriage, India.)
Advanced
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"in order that, in order to, so as to and so that"
An Anna Grammar Worksheet looking at purpose clauses.
Upper-Intermediate
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Balloon Dress
A dress made from balloons? Japanese balloon artist, Rie Hosokai, used 200 balloons for a dress. 35-year-old Hosokai used balloons for the mini-dress. (Dress design, do/does as an auxiliary, shopping for clothes dialogs and language, completing a table of information about clothes.)
Elementary
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The oldest, the tallest, the most expensive...
Tokyo is still the second most expensive city in the world for expatriates after Luanda in Angola. (World's most expensive cities, superlative adjectives, writing a headline, completing a table of information.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Counting sheep?
Britons now prefer listening to lions roaring and monkeys calling to help them get to sleep, according to a new survey. Miss too much sleep and risk becoming mentally retarded. (How to get to sleep, research, health, brain, 'even if', 'even so' and 'even though')
Intermediate
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Once one of the most coveted in the world...
Levi Strauss will attempt to tap into the revolutionary spirit of the "Arab Spring" with a "Go Forth" global marketing campaign aimed at attracting youthful customers back to a jeans brand that was once one of the most coveted in the world. (Brands, prepositions.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Eat Your Mushrooms
Crimes of passion? Foiled plans to get that spouse knocked off. Find out more ... (Marriage, murder)
Upper-Intermediate
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Mom Salary
Many U.S. mothers feel like single parents, whether they are married or not, and two out of three resent handling all the household chores even when they prefer their partners to stand aside, a new survey shows. (Mothers, jobs, occupations, stress, income, subordinate conjunctions, linkers)
Intermediate
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The Running of the Bulls
Every summer Sergio Colas joins hundreds of other runners for Pamplona's annual bull-run but he cannot hear the roaring crowds or the bulls thundering through the winding streets. Alonso Ceardi has been deaf from birth. A half-tonne bull gored Alonso Ceardi in the chest during the San Fermin festival, but he's still addicted to the thrill of running with bulls. Animal rights activitists want the events stopped. (Festivals, Spain, Mexico, animal rights, conjunctions).
Upper-Intermediate
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Natural disasters: Fire
This activity practises text organization and sequencing skills and helps develop confidence in working with unfamiliar texts. Students will become familiar with some words related to bushfires and learn facts about them. They will compose questions and then ask and answer questions using a text.
Intermediate
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-Prefix 3 - Size Prefixes - Worksheet
A prefix is found at the beginning of the word. It adds to the meaning of the word. Knowing the meaning of a prefix can help you work out the meaning of a word. This worksheet looks at some common prefixes which refer to size.
Intermediate
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