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Lots of Hot Dogs!
Every year the world hot dog eating competition is held in New York. (World records, hot dogs, food, competitive eating, expressions of quantity.)
Elementary  Lesson Updated: 3 October 2016
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Santa Networking
"A successful Santa is not just about the costumes and the clothes. You have to have Christmas in your heart. You have to have the love of children and caring and giving in your hear to be a really successful Santa and it's not something you can make up. It has to be in you and people know, they can see it," she said. (Santas, Christmas, may and may have to.)
Intermediate
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Why Is Punctuation Important? - Anna Grammar
Students may ask, "Why do we need punctuation? Why is it important?" This activity will help you think about the importance of punctuation and get some practice using different punctuation symbols.
Intermediate
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Mouth Painting
Robaba Mohammadi is a young artist. She is 16 years old. She would like to hold an international art show one day. Mohammadi draws with her mouth. (Disability, art, Afghanistan, future plans.)
Elementary
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Teen Childbirth a Deterrent
Girls whose friends have experienced teen childbirth are less likely to get pregnant themselves, a new study suggests. (Teenage pregnancy, speed reading, should and sharing information.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Healthy Vegetables
In school cafeterias with vinyl banners depicting vegetable superhero characters, more young children take vegetables from the salad bar. Also, the next time you're whipping up dinner you may want to boil, steam or stir-fry your vegetables. Read on to find out why. (Health, diet, fruit and vegetables, iron, linkers, contrast)
Intermediate
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Food on our plates
This warmer gets students talking about environmental issues and encourages students to discuss a topic, making predictions.
Intermediate
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Social Media - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Looking at the use of social media words in Reuters news articles.
Upper-Intermediate
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Strict Diets
This lesson has some mixed news about diets and their long term effects. Do this lesson and go to the fridge?? (Diets, food, exercise)
Advanced
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Olympic Summer Sports:
We can use 'play' for ballsports and competitive games, 'go' for sports we do alone and for other sports, we use 'do'. This worksheet gives your students some practice with these verbs.
Intermediate
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Women at the Olympics
This is an ice-breaker to get your students thinking about women at the Olympic Games and practicing forming questions to get additional information.
Intermediate
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Olympic Accommodation
For the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the largest athletes' village in the long history of the Games was unveiled. (The Olympic Village, treatment of athletes, hosting an international event, sport.)
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 25 July 2016
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Team Refugee
Angeline Nadai Lohalith would like to see peace in South Sudan so she could march for her country at the Olympic Games. But Lohalith will march under the flag of the Refugee Olympic team at the 2016 Games in Rio. "I can pass a message to the world that, refugees can also do what other people can do. They should not be looked down upon," Lohalith said. (Olympics, refugees, displaced people)
Elementary
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Sleep Updates
Updated sleep recommendations for children and teens point to the benefits of getting enough sleep and the dangers of getting too little. “At least 25 percent of 12-year-olds get less than the recommended nine hours of sleep per night and there is increasing evidence that this impacts learning and memory..." (Sleep, children and young people, writing recommendations and advice.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Age No Barrier
Age is no barrier to Mark Todd, equestrian knight and double Olympic eventing gold medalist, even if disbelieving bus drivers may still demand to see the New Zealander's pass at the Rio Games in August. (Olympics, eventing, older people, sport, ‘by’ + ‘ing’.)
Intermediate
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High Heels At Work
A London temporary worker got more than 120,000 signatures in a petition in one week. The petition asks Britain to say companies can't make women wear high heels at work. (Gender equality, work, shoes.)
Elementary
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Isle of Trump
Donald Trump has played up his family roots from Lewis, an island off the northwestern tip of Scotland, but his success in the U.S. Republican presidential battle has not drawn the kind of rapture the billionaire might like from his home crowd. (Donald Trump, Scotland, weather, religion, politics.)
Advanced
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Olympic Countdown
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to learn about the Olympic Games in Rio.
Intermediate
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Woman Punches Through
Sweat drips from Arafat Abkar's face as she [boxes] in an open-air arena in Khartoum's summer heat... "When I train, more spectators watch because women's boxing is new... in Sudan," the 22-year-old said. (Women's sports, Sudan, boxing)
Pre-Intermediate
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"The Olympics"
Match Olympic symbols to the words and learn about how the Olympic Games are run.
Intermediate
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It as the subject - Anna Grammar Worksheet
A clause or sentence in English must have a subject. There or it are used as empty subjects when there is no other subject. This worksheet practices using It as the subject of a sentence.
Intermediate
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Plants At Risk
One in five types of plant worldwide is at risk of extinction from threats such as farming and logging that are wrecking many habitats, a first global overview of plant life said on Tuesday. (Plants, endangered species, conservation, describing plants, writing factual description, using such as to introduce examples.)
Intermediate
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Air Pollution - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
This vocabulary worksheet focuses on words connected with air pollution, their word families and how they're used in a Reuters news article.
Upper-Intermediate
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Full Metal Spiders
Scientists knew that fish often carry mercury but they now know that spiders can transfer mercury to foods that people eat.
Elementary
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Practicing Possessive Pronouns with Candies
A sweet way for students to focus on possessive pronouns.
Elementary
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Loving Animals
Find out about a chicken and a tiny horse that do good work with abused children and senior citizens. (Animals, medical matters, health, infinitives of purpose)
Upper-Intermediate
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Fixing Faulty Genes
The world's first life-saving gene therapy for children has been recommended for approval in Europe, boosting the pioneering technology to fix faulty genes. (Medicine and biotechnology, gene therapy, making predictions.)
Advanced
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Behave or Hop Off
Loud or sleeping people will soon be asked to leave buses and light rail trains in Sacramento under new rules approved by transportation officials, though efforts to ban smelly riders did not pass. (Transport, rules, behavior.)
Intermediate
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Best Sleep
Many parents have only a poor understanding of how much sleep their children need, a New Zealand study found. (Sleep, children, discussion.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Confusables - Disinterested and Uninterested
An Upper-Intermediate Max Vocabulary Worksheet looking at these two commonly confused words. You can practice getting them right using Reuters News articles.
Upper-Intermediate
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Move A Word-2
An activity that focuses on possessive adjectives.
Elementary
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The Customer Is Always Right?
Patients give the same doctors different ratings depending on where their visit took place. Although doctors might act differently in an emergency room compared to a calmer office setting, researchers say the results also suggest that ratings are not a completely reliable measure of the quality of care physicians give. (Surveys, doctors, medical words.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Stop Acting the Goat or You're Fired!
The city of Salem fired a herd of goats from their job in a park. The city wanted the 75 goats to eat invasive plants. (Animals, invasive plants, the environment, present perfect simple and past simple).
Elementary
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"Used to" and "Use to"
These can be easily confused. We used to scratch our heads about them, but after doing this worksheet from Anna Grammar, all has come clear.
Intermediate
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Superdads
Chung Sang-hoon, 34, is at home with his two small children. Chung, a salesman, took a year of paternity leave from his job in a big foreign company. Before now very few men took paternity leave. Now dads taking paternity leave is more common in South Korea. (skimming, scanning, understanding text organization)
Pre-Intermediate
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Flying Mosquitoes
Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading. Mosquitoes can hop airplanes, flying out of malaria-stricken countries to pose a risk to people in areas where the infection is rare. (Health, malaria, travel, use of commas)
Upper-Intermediate
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All You Ever Wanted To Know About: The Oscars
A short activity to practice reading for understanding, asking and answering questions and to learn about the Oscars.
Intermediate
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A Grave Issue ...
Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of the capital estimated at 20 million, thousands of people count themselves lucky to call Cairo Necropolis home. For some in the neighborhood of cemeteries, final resting place to hundreds of thousands people over centuries, the graves themselves provide a livelihood: with people taking care of tombs, digging new graves, or selling flowers to visitors paying their respects on Fridays. (Housing, Egypt, graveyards.)
Upper-Intermediate
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By Any Other Name ...
Most people are busy planning their wedding before they get married. But Kaori Oguni was too busy thinking about losing her maiden name. Oguni is suing the Japanese government. Japan has a law that says spouses must have the same surname. (Marriage, law)
Elementary
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Digital Assistants for Assistance?
As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants' personalities. For users, digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools developers expect to influence major decisions about what to buy and how to spend time. (Business, digital assistants and IT, Artificial intelligence.)
Advanced
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Punctuation Practice
This warmer focuses students on proofing their own work.
Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - New Year's Eve
An All Levels Max Vocabulary Worksheet that looks at New Year's Eve celebrations.
Pre-Intermediate
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The Ups and Downs of Child Stars
Everyone thinks their child is a superstar. But if that actually is true, then watch out. You have to start thinking about how to develop that talent and how to pay for it all. The "Harry Potter" are stars all grown up. Emma Watson said that for years she had no idea how much money she was earning and Radcliffe talks of the ups and downs of being a star. (Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, children's books, synonyms, word forms, choose the best answer.)
Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October in Canada and the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It is held in the fall / autumn every year to give thanks for the harvest (people collect vegetables, fruit that they have grown at the end of the growing season). 
Intermediate
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Computer Women
New York City programmer Bana Malik was passionate about computers and mathematics from an early age. But early in her studies at New York's Columbia University, Malik took a computer science class and felt out of place in such a male-dominated environment - a common experience for women and minorities seeking work in an industry dominated by white men. (Computers and schools, women and computer education, minorities, structure: not only but also)
Upper-Intermediate
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Autumn Leaves ....
Do you want to see New England's colorful fall leaves? Now a business sends the leaves to you. A Massachusetts man is offering to send bundles of autumn leaves to customers for $19.99. (Businesses, seasons, prepositions of time.)
Elementary
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My Terrible Day
Use this warmer to review the use of conjunctions and look at days where things go wrong.
Intermediate
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Suing Your Family ....
A Connecticut jury on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a New York woman. The woman sued her 12-year-old nephew for injuries that resulted from the boy's "exuberant" greeting at a party on his eighth birthday...(Children and teaching responsibility, apologizing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Punctuation - Apostrophes and Contractions
An apostrophe is used for contractions. We use contractions when we are speaking to make our speaking (and writing) more informal. Try our worksheet.....
Pre-Intermediate
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Grandparent Childcare
Ock Mi-eun has been taking care of her grandson since he was born two years ago so that her daughter could return to work. It is not unusual for South Koreans to pay their parents to take care of their children. But the number doing so is on the rise.(Families, childcare, grandparents, aging populations, conjunctions.)
Intermediate
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