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Super Appliances
Flat TVs and Internet fridges - some of the appliances available to consumers: what they offer and how popular they are. (Technology, domestic appliances, scanning, reading and checking information, making notes, persuading someone to buy a product, past simple, present perfect simple and present simple tenses, writing an advertisement.)
Upper-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 29 August 2006
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Tomatina Festival
Every year thousands of people pelt each other with 100s of tons of ripe tomatoes in the normally quiet Spanish town of Bunol. See you there !!!! (Spain, tomatoes, festivals, third conditional)
Intermediate
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"do, play or go" - Sport
What sports do you play? Let's go swimming! Have you done your exercise? Let Max help your students with these exercises.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Bag Lady Holds Up Plane
Police took a woman off an airplane after she refused to put her handbag under the seat. (Flights, travel, safety and security checks, airplane vocabulary, prepositions of place, designer clothes, true or false, fill the gaps, discussion.)
Elementary
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Which is the Most Exciting?
This warmer gives students practice in talking about sport and using superlative adjectives.
Intermediate
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In the Shadow of the Knife
A teenager lies in a pool of blood in the street after he is stabbed in a dawn attack. Britain is living "in the shadow of the knife", as one tabloid headline writer put it. And experts fear the number of fatal stabbings will spiral out of control if a growing knife culture among young people is not tackled. (Violent crimes, young people, city life, discussion, choosing a headline, matching information, comprehension, ordering paragraphs.)
Advanced
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Best Foot Forward
With more women wearing flip-flops to the office this summer, U.S. style gurus are warning that the casual shoe once mainly seen on the beach could be damaging to careers - as well as to feet. (Fashion and clothes, business, first impressions, reading for specific information, finding information, finding the errors, giving advice, definite and indefinite articles.)
Intermediate
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Robber Returns with Interest
A Japanese man who robbed a post office returned more money than he stole and turned himself in after deciding to come clean for the sake of his girlfriend. (Crimes, repentance, punishment, saying sorry, sequencing, making negative past simple statements, comprehension, finding errors, functional language: saying sorry.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Battling the Ban
New York may be a city of incessant cell phone talkers, but students vowed on Wednesday they would hit the "off" button during classes as they battled a ban on cell phones in schools. (Using cell phones, high schools, true or false, brainstorming, completing a table of information, discussing pros and cons, using present simple, present continuous and will/won't to describe present habits.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Sleepy Workers Costing Billions
Drowsy Japanese employees turning up late, taking days off or struggling to stay awake on the job are causing economic losses of some $30 billion a year. (Business, overworking, sleep deprivation, sharing knowledge, completing a summary, word hunt, choosing the best answer, matching information, present continuous tense, reading and writing emails.)
Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 13 July 2006
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Which is Faster?
This warmer gives students practice in talking about modes of transport and using adjectives.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Prepositions of Place
Anna helps your students find where thing are with this worksheet.
Elementary
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Gangs on the Loose
Unruly gangs are raiding the expensive homes that line the spectacular coast of South Africa's Cape Peninsula, clearing out pantries, emptying fridges and defecating on the designer furnishings. It's baboon versus human in a string of wealthy oceanfront communities 30 minutes from the trendy center of Cape Town. (Baboons, wildlife, discussion, true or false, punctuation exercise, vocabulary work.)
Advanced
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Monster Rabbit
A "monster" rabbit has apparently been going through vegetable patches in a small village in northern England, ripping up leeks, munching turnips and angering local gardeners. Animals, bizarre but true stories, sorting words, comprehension, matching information, present perfect continuous, onomatopoeic words.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Sentence Snakes - Present Perfect Continuous
An interesting way to get Pre-Intermediate students to interact and physically try out their grammar!
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Modal Auxiliary Verbs
Can, could, shall, should, will, would, may, might and must are all modal auxiliary verbs. This worksheet will show students how modal verbs are used in different ways.
Upper-Intermediate
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The Answer Lies Online
Nearly half of U.S. users of the Internet went online for help with major life decisions such as finding a college for their child or looking for a new place to live. (Life decisions, Internet use, complete the table, choose the best summary, true, false or not given, language - proof reading, peer editing, writing an essay)
Upper-Intermediate
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Ring, ring - why don't you give me a call?
The study says that 6% of Americans with cellphones play music on their phones. 2% in the study with cell phones watch video or TV on their phones. (Cellphones, consumer issues and leisure habits, complete a table, choose the best answer, understanding the main idea, asking yes/no questions, present simple tense questions, discussion.)
Elementary
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1,2,3, ... Countable and Uncountable - Worksheet
This Pre-Intermediate worksheet gives students help and practice with different nouns and quantifiers.
Pre-Intermediate
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Pair Crosswords: Past Participles - Intermediate
Revision of past participles of irregular verbs, and pronunciation of past participles, using pair-crosswords.
Intermediate
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Drug trends changing
More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends. (Drugs and alcohol use, young people peer pressure, discussion, reading for factual information, giving an opinion, problem solving, should and modal verbs, giving advice).
Intermediate
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Pair Crosswords: Past Participles - Advanced
Revision of past participles, and pronunciation of past participles, using pair-crosswords.
Advanced
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Present perfect simple
This worksheet shows students some uses of the present perfect simple.
Elementary
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New age pigeon post
A flock of pigeons carrying mobile phone backpacks will be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday. (Technology, air pollution, making predictions, word hunt, comprehension, will to express future fact.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Kiss and Tell: Idioms
A kiss in time saves nine...
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Verb Patterns
Some verbs must be followed by to-infinitive. Others are followed by the gerund (base verb+ing). The worksheet helps students learn what different verbs do.
Intermediate
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On with biotech crops?
As the GM crops industry celebrates its 10th anniversary, the early promises of biotech crops remain largely unrealized, and many countries have banned the technology amid concerns about health and the environment. (An overview of the first decade of GM crops, business, discussion, predicting from a headline, comprehension.)
Advanced
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Pair Crosswords: Past Participles - Elementary
This Pair Crosswords Warmer is for revision of past participles and pronunciation of past participles. It is suitable for Elementary and above.
Intermediate
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How much is your love?
Love comes at a hefty price in South Korea. There are up to 21 anniversaries, special days and celebrations a year for couples to shower each other with affection and gifts, and as a result some relationships are crushed under the weight of festivities. (Festivals and special days, romance, South Korea, discussion, matching information, comprehension, present simple tense - uses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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(Upper-int) Past Continuous & Simple - Worksheet
An Upper-Intermediate Worksheet from Anna Grammar with exercises.
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar - Past Perfect simple & continuous
An Upper-Intermediate Grammar Worksheet with exercises on the Past Perfect simple and continuous.
Upper-Intermediate
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Give me a ring ...
What usually happens when you do not lock your car? Someone steals it! However, this did not happen in western Massachusetts. Instead the man came back to find a diamond ring in the car! (Engagements, bizarre stories, saying thank-you, discussion, reading for the main idea, sequencing, past simple tense - regular and irregular verbs, writing a thank you note.)
Elementary
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Bangladesh's rivers - curse and lifeline
The mighty Teesta river that has swept away farm laborer Mohammad Taheruddin's home 10 times in the past five decades is now a picture of calm. But barely two months ago the Teesta, like many other rivers in the low-lying South Asian country, was in full spate. It burst its banks, destroying flood shelters the government built five years. (Bangladesh, flooding, discussion, brainstorming, matching headlines, true or false, reading carefully, reading and notetaking, present perfect continuous.)
Advanced
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - The Past Continuous
A Pre-Intermediate Grammar Worksheet.
Pre-Intermediate
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Shaking hands between the trenches
The last known surviving allied veteran of the Christmas Truce that saw German and British soldiers shake hands between the trenches in World War One died Monday at 109, his parish priest said...Troops in the trenches swapped cigarettes, uniform buttons and addresses and even played football in one of the most extraordinary episodes of the war. (War, Christmas, peace, friendship, memories, predicting, true, false or not given, comprehension, thinking carefully.)
Intermediate
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What's Your Problem?
This warmer is great for putting some energy back into a class. (Making small talk, following instructions.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Three Language Questions
Anna answers three grammar questions asked by a difficult student!
Intermediate
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Word Order - All Correct?
Anna says a range of word orders are all 'correct', and her Linguistic Professor friend agrees, except he doesn't like using the word, 'correct'!
Intermediate
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Money Money Money
An Irish winner has won of Europe's biggest lottery prizes - 115 million euros ($139.2 million) in the EuroMillions jackpot. The woman has five children of whom the youngest two still live at the family home. Her youngest son, 13, cycled around telling excited friends he would like to buy a horse and go on holiday. (Lottery jackpots, unreal situations, second conditional, discussion, comprehension, giving an opinion, sequencing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Would You Like A Drink?
This warmer gets learners practicing how to order a drink at a cafe.
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Future Perfect (UpInt)
The Future Perfect expresses an action that will be completed before a certain time in the future. This worksheet gives you practice with this form at the Upper-Intermediate level.
Upper-Intermediate
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"ed" and "ing" Adjectives - Anna Grammar Worksheet
This worksheet looks at -ed and -ing adjectives and has two practice exercises for Upper-Intermediate students.
Upper-Intermediate
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?Tag Questions? - Anna Grammar Worksheet
An explanation and exercises on the use of tag questions.
Pre-Intermediate
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That's pretty wacky!
This warmer gets learners asking and answering questions. Don't do it when you are hungry though...
Elementary
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Trouble At The Top
Leading celebrity photographer Mario Testino has defended Kate Moss after she lost lucrative modeling contracts over allegations of cocaine abuse: "I know Kate very well and I don't think she's at all tormented, torrid, depressed." (Famous models, alcohol abuse, drugs, judging or forgiving someone, word hunt, true or false, comprehension.)
Intermediate
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Usage - 'Like'
Anna answers a question about the use of 'like'. She uses it like this, but others use it like that!
Intermediate
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Vocabulary - Missing Word! Excuses.
Anna answers a question about a word that seems to be missing from English: 'the behaviour of making excuses'!
Intermediate
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Usage - You are recommended to do
Anna answers a question from Canada about using "recommended". Anna has a recommendation!
Intermediate
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When was it built?
An icebreaker about famous buildings to practise using the passive, asking and answering questions and to practise listening and gap filling.
Pre-Intermediate
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Believing the Web
More than 70 percent of adults aged 50 or older use some type of alternative medicine, such as herbal medicine, meditation, or seeing a chiropractor, according to new study findings. New strategies are needed to help assure the quality of information on the Internet; not all information is true. (Alternatives to conventional medicine, health information on the Internet, comprehension, finding information, giving an opinion, word search, should, shouldn't, have to, doesn't have to, had to.)
Upper-Intermediate
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