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Inventing the Future
Three years ago, few people stopped to consider that a $70 or $80 monthly charge might deter the typical American consumer from buying online music, video and games. The actual product being peddled was broadband Internet access, and it was supposed to be an easy sell at any price. (Broadband access and the fate of companies promoting it, making predictions, understanding the main idea, true or false, comprehension, inventions through history, prepositions, discussion.)
Advanced
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Tired Bank Robber
A man went to rob a bank in the Austrian city of Graz. However, before he robbed the bank, he fell asleep in his car... then the police found him! (Bizarre crimes, reading for overall understanding, answering questions, sequencing, reading for detail, gap fill, infinitives of purpose, describing where something is, finding differences in two pictures.)
Elementary
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Making a Scene
This warmer is a fun way for students to practice their descriptive writing.
Intermediate
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Confusables - "use to" and "used to"
Anna answers a question about 'used to' and 'use to'.
Intermediate
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Free To Speed
A computer game company's offer to pay the speeding fines of all British drivers as part of an advertising promotion for a new motor racing game has been branded irresponsible and dangerous by the government. (Dangerous driving and speeding, scanning, true or false, direct and reported speech, the prefix 'ir-', discussion, writing a radio advertisement.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Do You Want To Save The Planet?
Some campaigners insisted on going overland to Marrakesh's U.N. conference on climate change, not because they are scared of flying, but because they are worried about what airplanes do to the planet. (Airplane emissions and their effect on the environment, avoiding flying because of environmental impact, discussion, true, false or not given, prepositions 'by' and 'or' and methods of travel, dialogue, fluency practice, crossword - environmental words.)
Intermediate
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Smiling Bank Robber
A man had his two gold teeth knocked out as he ran into traffic and was hit by a van after robbing a bank, FBI agents said. (Understanding a headline, matching words and pictures, gap fill, comprehension, reference words, past simple and base verb forms, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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Check the date
This warmer was developed to precede an IT lesson that asked students to create a newspaper front page with news stories from the day they were born.
Intermediate
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Vocabulary - schedule
Aloisio from Brazil asks Anna about being behind schedule.
Intermediate
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Redheads Feel More Pain
Redheads may actually have another trait that makes them stand out - sensitivity to pain, specialists reported. (Redheads, pain and anesthesia, discussion, gap fill, true or false, matching statements, reference words, comprehension, word families.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Shopping Switch
Employers beware: Fruitless weekend shopping trips into stores this shortened holiday shopping season may mean less is getting done back at the office as many workers flock to the Web in search of bargains. (Internet shopping and shopping trends, matching information, gap fill, comprehension, check your understanding, discussion, 'in fact', 'in most cases' and 'for example'.)
Intermediate
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Cat Saves Family
A cat saved its family by raising the alarm after it started a fire, German police said. (True animal stories, understanding a headline, reading for overall understanding, putting pictures in the correct order using a text, vocabulary: animal sounds, continuing a story, memory recall and listening, word find puzzle, role play.)
Elementary
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If The Shoe Fits
Max takes a look at words to do with footwear.
Intermediate
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Emerald Discovered in Shell
A diver has discovered a large emerald in a conch shell while diving at the site of a 380-year-old wrecked Spanish galleon. (Describing a picture, understanding a picture sequence, matching information and pictures, summarizing, listening for correct information, while with past simple and past continuous tenses, word find puzzle, discussion.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Vocabulary - symbol
Carmen from Spain asks Anna about the name for the symbol @.
Intermediate
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Picture perfect
A lively drawing activity that can introduce just about any topic.
Intermediate
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Vocabulary - meat
Anna answers a letter from Mexico about meat and what to call it.
Intermediate
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Don't Fence Me In
Elephants should not be kept in zoos or safari parks because they suffer stress and die early, a British animal charity said. (Elephants in captivity, discussion, comprehension, reading gap fill, matching information, true, false or not given, role play, 'often'.)
Intermediate
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Body Language
This warmer is an exciting way to talk about body language and to compare it in different cultures.
Intermediate
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Except and except for
Mollie wants to know when you can use except and when to use except for.
Intermediate
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The Harmful Effects of Scolding
When parents are driven mad by badly behaved children, most do not smack them and instead give them a telling-off. But verbal abuse could be as harmful as beating, according to new Danish research. (Discipline and children, listening for key points, listening and note-taking, understanding the main idea, scanning, reading gap fill, finding evidence, discussion, difference in meaning between shout at and shout to, role play.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Landmine Danger
2002's WLL builds on last year's in continuing to educate people about landmines. The widespread use of these antipersonnel landmines has continued, making it even more difficult to eliminate a weapon that kills or maims thousands of people every year. The lesson is able to be done by students from Pre-Intermediate to Advanced levels. (Landmines, things that endanger people's lives, understanding the main idea, information gap fill, true or false, multiple choice, and 'still' used as an adverb.)
Intermediate
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Prepositions - in and for
Stella from Japan asks about the coldest winter in years.
Intermediate
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Who is This Person?
This warmer is good review activity for Elementary-level students, but it can be adapted for students of all levels to practice asking questions, listening to others and writing information.
Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate
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Ecstasy Warning
Ecstasy, the popular "club drug" favored by young partygoers, may damage the same brain cells hurt in Parkinson's disease, U.S. researchers said. (Effects of using Ecstasy, ordering ideas, information gap fill, inference, true or false, word families, discussion, persuasive essay topic, role play.)
Advanced
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You Can't Copy That!
A copyright dispute over two pieces of silence, one by American avant-garde composer John Cage and the other by a composer best known for novelty tunes, has been settled. (Plagiarism and copyright, music, scanning, guessing words in context, true or false, headlines, the expression: It was one of the most...I've ever..., discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Checking Up on Supplies
The counting of toilet roll paper was successful for a British worker who won his employer thousands of pounds in compensation after he discovered that some rolls were not as long as they should be. (Consumer issues, information recall and exchange, working in pairs to reconstruct main points of a text, comprehension, too + adverb or adjective, word find puzzle, discussion and research activity.)
Pre-Intermediate
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A Different Taste in Music
Two brothers who perform all kinds of music using vegetable instruments and a vegetable orchestra. (Music, vegetables, puns, common suffixes, China, Austria.)
Intermediate
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Stop That Train!
A British train driver had to run 100 yards along the station platform to catch his train after it decided to start its journey without him. (Train travel, matching information and pictures, train vocabulary, comprehension, sequencing, writing a headline, the structure ...as+adverb+as I can, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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Too Much TV Bad For Kids?
Kids who spend more time watching TV--regardless of the content of the programming--are more likely to behave aggressively and have other types of social problems, a study has found. (Television watching and children, True, False or Not Given, writing questions, main idea, past simple, role-play, crossword.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Long Hours
British employees work more hours per week than workers in Europe. Managers and professionals worked the longest hours. About half said that they were working longer hours to deal with excessive workloads. By contrast, 70 percent of skilled and manual workers said they put in extra hours to earn overtime pay. (The working week, hours of work, graph analysis, writing memos, using markers to show surprising ideas or contrast.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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This Is What I Know
Glenis from Peru says this is one of her favorite ways to motivate students to learn vocabulary.
Intermediate
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Auxiliary verb - do we?
Anna is needed to settle a blazing debate in a college in The Philippines. Hope we aren't too late!
Intermediate
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Idioms - There you go
Andrea asks about the usage and meanings of three different expressions. Here you go Andrea, Anna's reply....
Intermediate
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Ghostly Stories
This warmer encourages spoken fluency through storytelling. A great introduction to a lesson about Halloween, ghosts or paranormal activity.
Pre-Intermediate
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New Stoves Could Mark End of Indoor Cooking Fires
Eritrea is hoping a new stove design will do its part to fight the deforestation and lung problems caused by cooking fires used by an estimated 2.5 billion people in the developing world. (Scanning, choosing the best headline, completing the table of information, matching sentences, crossword, finding grammatical errors.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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A Very Long Ride
An American teacher has ridden a roller coaster for ten hours a day for the past three months to try to get a world record. (World records, listening for correct information, comprehension, collocations, irregular verbs, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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That's My Kind of Music
Boston transit police have enlisted the late American composers George Gershwin and John Philip Sousa in their fight against crime. (Using music as a deterrent, classifying words, guessing meanings in context, scanning, using the verb 'have' in the continuous tense.)
Intermediate
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Confusables - Come and Go
Vanessa asks for help with explaining the difference between 'coming to' and 'going to' to her elementary class.
Intermediate
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Name Game
This activity can be followed up the next day by calling role using students' names and their 'likes.' It's a great way to learn everyone's name quickly.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Conditionals - first
Vincent from France asks Anna to explain why the present is used after when to express the future.
Intermediate
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Important Events in My Life
By discussing drawings of five important events in their lives, students can learn about each other on the first day of class.
Intermediate
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Alive or Dead?
An Austrian woman has had to convince her electricity supplier that she is alive after the company wrote to her asking for information about her contract following her "passing away." (Clerical errors and bureaucracy, reading for overall understanding, reading for details, sequencing, adding extra information to sentences, crossword.)
Intermediate
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Bring Your Parents
British pensioner Joseph Dickinson, 103, had a shock when his local hospital phoned him to ask him to come in for an eye test... and told him to bring his parents! (Making and answering questions, memorizing a short text, word find, discussion, simple past tense forms.)
Elementary
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Let's Close The Town
Residents of a remote Quebec mining community have voted to shut down the town following the closing of a local copper smelter, the area's main employer. (Small towns and employment, comprehension, true, false or not given, before +- ing, role play, essay topic, discussion.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Superlative Race
An inspiring and motivational way to practise the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.
Pre-Intermediate
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Child Tracking Devices May Be Next
A British scientist said he received many requests from worried parents asking him to implant a tracking microchip into their children after the murders of two 10-year-olds in a quiet English town. (Tracking devices and children's safety, understanding the main idea, matching words and meanings, choose the best answer, reading carefully, 'say' and 'tell'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Modals - Have to & Must
Jenny, a teacher in Japan, has written to ask Anna to explain the difference between have to and must.
Intermediate
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Nouns - plurals and irregulars
Ever wondered what fish and sheep have in common? Look at Anna's reply to Midori from Japan and find out.
Intermediate
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Mood Chart
This is a great warmer for class dynamics and fluency practice.
Pre-Intermediate
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