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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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Against The Law!
The poor, oil-rich nation of Venezuela is considering decriminalizing the theft of food and medicine in cases where a thief is motivated by extreme hunger or need. (Justice, poverty, decriminalization, different crimes, ranking and discussion, understanding the main ideas, giving an opinion, scanning, modal verbs, prefixes - in-, de-, non-, crossword, Vocabulary Bingo Game.)
Intermediate
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Some "If" Clauses
"I need to explain why - "If it didn't rain, I would have played tennis" - is wrong." Updated with a P.S.!
Intermediate
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Dream Machine
The Japanese company that came up with the hit "BowLingual" device that translates dogs' barks into human words has now come up with a dream product -- literally. (New inventions, dreams, discussion, predicting, skimming, completing a table, finding evidence to support statements, adverbs of manner, Bingo, Completing A Picture Game.)
Intermediate
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"Do" and "Does... do"
Can you tell me a way to present all the various uses of the word "do"?
Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Birds
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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Going To The Dogs
An elderly British man who lived in a run-down house, bought secondhand clothes and watched television at his neighbor's to save on electricity left a million pounds to a dog charity. (Fortunes and wills, attitudes to money, bizarre stories, reading and predicting from a headline, comprehension, skimming, reading and listening for errors, pairwork activity - describing a picture, vocabulary - home and garden, agreement - is / are.)
Elementary
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English?? - Imported Words 1
This warmer about words that are used in English, but are not English.
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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"I like -ing" and "I like to"
Is there any truth in the distinction between 'I like to read' and 'I like reading'?
Intermediate
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Swaziland Crisis
Desperate HIV-positive Swazis are lining up in droves to try the latest "miracle AIDS cures", falling victim to patchy medical regulation in a country with one of the world's highest HIV infection rates. (HIV / AIDS, bogus 'wonder drugs', con artists, Swaziland, developing countries, brainstorming and problem solving, Find Your Other Half Game, placing headlines, matching information, scanning, differentiating fact from opinion, true or false, running dictation, discussion.)
Advanced
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Structure en "OF"
What's wrong with, "the dog of my mother"?
Intermediate
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Hide The Words
This is a good way to get students, especially children, to remember vocabulary that was taught before.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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A Very Long Life
The oldest woman in Albania -- and perhaps in the world -- has died at the age of 123. She was buried next to her husband whom she hated because she was forced to marry him when she was 14 years old. (Old age, men and women, talking about different periods in history, understanding the headline, scanning, comprehension, guessing unfamiliar words, numbers, word find.)
Elementary
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Athletes At Risk
Teens and young adults who regularly train and compete in sports are more than twice as likely to experience sudden death than non-athletes, according to a new study. (Athletes, heart conditions, prefixes: under-, non-, predicting, scanning, brainstorming, survey - leading a healthy lifestyle, vocabulary mime game - sports, information exchange.)
Upper-Intermediate
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These Music Lovers Are Turkeys
Britain's farming union has released a chill-out album of different sounds to help turkeys keep calm in the understandably stressful run-up to being eaten. (Farming, animals, meat, scanning, true or false, working out unfamiliar words, summarizing, Farm Animal Sounds Game, Completing a Picture game, zero conditional, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Vocabulary Crossword
Hi, I am an English teacher from Brazil. This activity is great for stimulating students to think about and remember the vocabulary they have already learned.
Intermediate
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Expensive Hotels
The new Mandarin Oriental hotel has a suite that costs US$12,595 a night - the most expensive hotel room in New York. (Hotels, predicting, gap fill, comprehension, multiple choice, true or false, discussion, agreement: has or have, numbers - dollars and cents.)
Elementary
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Some Chinese remedies such as bird's nest, sheep placenta and caterpillar fungus may be a bit too exotic for the uninitiated but many traditional remedies are gaining popularity among Western consumers who seek natural ways to beat stress and boost their health. (Traditional Chinese medicine, predicting from the headline, finding information, completing a table, true, false and not given, finding grammatical errors, jigsaw reading, expressions with 'put'.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Using "of" and "from" correctly
"I am a teacher from Austria, and many of my students (intermediate and above) have problems using "of" and "from" correctly - both of them are "von" in German."
Intermediate
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Conversational Order
This warmer is a lower level version of the Comparison Line Weekly Warmer. Students enjoy it because it requires quick and lively communication. It works best with a group of 15 or more students.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Last of LOTR
Peter Jackson, director of "The Lord Of The Rings" said he was sad but also relieved that the mammoth project he has worked on for seven years was over. Jackson made movie history by filming all three parts of the "Rings" trilogy simultaneously. ("The Lord Of The Rings", Gollum, computer animation, acting, the Oscars, expressing an opinion, reading and note-taking, preparing questions, interviewing, role-playing, complete the sentences game - movies, idioms, adjectives - expressing emotions.)
Advanced
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Structure Drills and Pattern Drills
Dear Anna, Please tell us more about the usefulness of Pattern Drills.
Intermediate
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Catch Phrases - Match The Words With The Phrases 2
Another warmer about catch phrases, it encourages discussion, and should also be a lot of fun!
Upper-Intermediate
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I'm Too Busy!
A woman who won a free shopping spree said she didn't want the prize. She said she was too busy. (Shopping sprees, competitions, matching words and pictures, regular and irregular verbs and past simple, listening for understanding, comprehension check, reading cloze, choose the best answer, sequencing, finding errors, Shopping spree Game.)
Elementary
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