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Parking Meters
Hundreds of motorists didn't have to pay for parking when new solar-powered parking meters stopped working because of Britain's bad weather. (Solar power, traffic, cars, sequencing, use of 'don't have to'.)
Elementary
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A costly drink
Austrian police arrested a man who robbed a branch of a savings bank where he was known as a customer. (Crime, headlines, guessing from context, the passive voice.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Talking about seasons
A good warmer for talking about dates and seasons in different parts of the world.
Elementary
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Nostradamus Email
Thousands of people received e-mails containing a prophecy from 16th century French astrologer Nostradamus that forecast the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, often with a second part forecasting that the attack on the twin towers would mark the beginning of World War III. (Believing information, Nostradamus, email, summarizing, researching, giving a talk.)
Advanced
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The Paranormal
Mobile phones are killing off ghosts, a British expert says. (Mobile phones, ghosts, the paranormal, writing a story, summarizing , using "would" and "used to".)
Intermediate
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Life imitating art?
It was like life imitating art when a woman, who collapsed at a screening of "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,'' was rescued by the movie's star, Matthew McConaughey. (Movies, movie stars, 20 questions, ordering, grammar dictation, use of "who".)
Pre-Intermediate
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Who Am I?
This is a nice variation on the ever popular 20 Questions game.
Pre-Intermediate
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Articles - an hotel?
This letter from Carl is in response to an earlier Anna Grammar page "A unique". Anna's reply looks at pronunciation and articles.
Intermediate
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Space Travel
One lucky Briton is set to win a prize that's literally out of this world -- a trip into space. (Competitions, prizes, space travel, the solar system, suffixes, prepositions ‘before’ and ‘after’ followed by a verb.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Phone Home
A British tourist lost in the Australian bush in heavy rain and fog rang his father in England on his mobile phone to get help. (Rescue, mobile phones, using present tense and past tense.)
Elementary
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Verbs of Perception
Leslie from Thailand has a student who wants a bit of help with these verbs. Anna to the rescue ....
Intermediate
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Getting to Know Your Profile
This is a good activity for the first day of a new session or can be developed for other topics, questions, or brainstorming activities.
Pre-Intermediate
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What's in a Name?
Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said. (Names, famous people, retelling and comparing, word order.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Face-to-Face
The founder of online based "My Virtual Corp." and a totally wired executive, has found that even in this era of e-mail, mobile phones and instant communication, there's nothing like a face-to-face meeting to win a new client. (Online companies, e-mail, dictation, jobs, but, although or despite.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Verbs -ing forms and modals
Frank from Taiwan gives Anna some feedback and makes a couple of suggestions. The first is about Anna's reply to Kathleen from Japan in which she discusses the "Future Perfect". The second comment refers to Anna's series of exercises about modals.
Intermediate
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Pizza Anyone?
This appetizing warmer is a good way for students to practice asking and answering questions about likes and dislikes and to practice negotiation language. By the end of the exercise, students should also have formed new groups for the other activities you have planned for the day.
Pre-Intermediate
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Connected
Any time there's a disaster, people reach for the nearest phone. The attack on September the 11th was no exception. This lesson looks at how mobile phones played an important role in Tuesday's tragic chain of events. (Telephones, summary completion, abbreviations.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Bad Parking
A bad choice of car park led to the capture of an escaped Texas capital murderer for the second time in his criminal career. (Criminals, escapes, chain stories, sequencing, suffixes.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Would you mind?
Sharon from Tawian asked Anna if she wouldn't mind answering a confusing question. Here is Anna's reply ...
Intermediate
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A Ship Came into the Harbour
This is a good warmer for reviewing letters of the alphabet, nouns and nouns phrases. It can also be used to discuss abstract nouns.
Elementary
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Mystery Caller
Staff at a Scottish safari park were shocked to discover a chimpanzee was the mystery caller who had kept phoning their mobile phones. (Animals, mobile phones, sequencing, writing a postcard, compound nouns.)
Elementary
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Reviving a Lost Art
France's Sorbonne University has launched a degree course in professional letter writing because a generation addicted to brief e-mails and mobile phone text messaging has forgotten how to write letters. (Methods of communication, writing letters, history, use of 'as'.)
Intermediate
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Prepositions - to and for
Larama in Brazil says her students have a problem using these prepositions correctly and asked Anna to try and simplify things.
Intermediate
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Sharon's Game
An active and interesting way to review vocabulary, grammar or even general knowledge from previous lessons. Note: Pushing, stealing the other team's pen, and erasing the other team's answer is subject to penalty!
Intermediate
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Verbs + to
Anna offers Tricia from Australia some advice and exercises to help her Japanese students.
Intermediate
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What time is it?
This simple warmer allows students to focus on question and statement intonation as well as structures for asking for and giving the time.
Elementary
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Sue them!
Does your boss plague you with irritating phone calls at home? You'd be well within your rights to sue, says Britain's Institute of Management. (Business, conditions of employment, rights and responsibilities,writing an application letter, employment agency role play, use of 'even'.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Finders Keepers?
A 22-year-old who describes himself as poor but honest became a hero when he found and returned a plastic bag crammed with $203,000 that had fallen off the back of an armored car the night before. (Honesty, finding money, sequencing, the past perfect.)
Intermediate
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A Helping Hand
A blind Colombian man accompanied by his faithful dog was led to safety by his female boss down 70 flights of a narrow staircase of a tower of the World Trade Center after it was hit by a hijacked plane. (Helping someone, seeing eye dogs, Sequencing, prepositions of place.)
Pre-Intermediate
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I'm Going To Take a Vacation
This variation on an old party game is a good warmer for the beginning of a new session when the teacher and students do not know each other's names yet.
Pre-Intermediate
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Confusables - Make and do
Anna helps Patricia and Laurie from the UK with the infamous confusables "make" and "do".
Intermediate
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Tennis Love
Tennis chiefs could be forced to take action soon as the top women players continue to bring dogs to tournaments. (Sport, pets, summarizing.)
Intermediate
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The Show Must Go On... Please!
A world-renowned Hungarian pianist broke off his recital at Edinburgh's high-brow International Arts Festival until a cacophony of mobile phones, beeping watches and coughing faded away. (Music, entertainment, ballet, public noise, mobile phones, prefixes and suffixes, 'might as well have + past particle of verb'.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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A Global Issue
"Landmines take or wreck three lives an hour, every hour, every day of every year. We have to come together now to try to stop that," Sir Paul McCartney said on launching Adopt-A-Minefield UK, a new charity raising funds for mine clearance and landmine survivors. (Landmine clearance, global problems, vegetarians, the passive.)
Intermediate
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Lord of the Ring
Two stories of amazing finds: A man searched and found his wedding ring more than a year after it slipped off his finger and sank to the sea floor and another ring was eaten by a fish that was eaten by a fish that was eaten by a shark. And then what happened? ... Do the lesson and find out. (Losing and finding things, love stories, first conditional and if and when, relative pronouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Double Negatives
Julie from France asks why you can sometimes use two negatives in one sentence so Anna explains ...
Intermediate
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Famous People Flash Cards
This variation on the Famous People warmer comes from Denmark.  Carmen says she uses it with beginner groups. "It helps everyone laugh and this in turn helps the group relax".
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Powerful Choices
Wind power, an abundant, clean and affordable alternative to coal, could become a leading source of U.S. electricity with the right political support and investment, researchers said. (Sources of power, electricity, the environment, summarizing, countable and uncountable nouns.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Dog's Bark
A dog's bark stopped 180 Brazilian prisoners from escaping. (Animals, prison escape, word order for questions, 'to' used to give the purpose of an action.)
Elementary
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Disposable?
A Dutch city has started recycling the disposable diapers of its youngest citizens. (The environment, recycling, diapers, nappies, essay writing, writing a letter of complaint, verb plus the infinitive or the '-ing' form.)
Intermediate
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Passive and get
Alison in The U.K wrote and asked for tips on teaching the passive using 'get'. Anna suggests the following ...
Intermediate
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Cartoon creations
Using a cartoon on a popular topic, students learn to work out missing text by looking at other contextual clues.
Pre-Intermediate
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Who Wears the Trousers
Max tells us the history of the words used to describe different kinds of trousers.
Intermediate
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Family of Ducks
Two duck stories. Tina Chen is very busy. She is mother for 16 ducklings in her 12th floor apartment. When a family of ducklings fell down a Vancouver sewer grate their mother asked a police officer for help. (Amazing true stories, ordering events, questions, headlines, using 'so' and 'because'.)
Elementary
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Put a cork in it?
Portuguese cork producers are worried that more and more wine bottles will use plastic seals. At stake, they say, is not only a billion-dollar industry but the mainstay of many farmers in Portugal's south, where ancient cork trees also prevent desertification and are a refuge for bird life. (Business, the environment, Portugal, the present perfect, for and since.)
Advanced
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Criss-Crossed Lovers
A man missed his girlfriend so much he flew 11,000 miles back to Britain from Australia to propose to her, only to find she wasn't there. She had flown from Britain to Australia! They even sat in the same airport lounge in Singapore at the same time... and didn't see each other. (Love, coincidences, being impulsive, Non-defining clauses, use of "think about" and "think of".)
Intermediate
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Phrasal verbs
Laurie from the USA asks Anna about the English phenomenon called "Phrasal Verbs". Here is Anna's reply.
Intermediate
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And the Answer is ......
Galina from Russia says this is a great warmer to use when English-speaking people visit the classroom; that it makes students listen really hard.
Intermediate
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Just Grin and Bear it
The intersection of Grinn Drive and Barret Road has been declared the funniest intersection in the USA. (Idiomatic expressions, verbs that describe movements or body language, onomatopoeia, nursery rhymes, use of 'so' and 'because'.)
Intermediate
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Purple Ketchup in Bid for Kids
Ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. is making purple ketchup to appeal to children. (Business, colors, the passive.)
Pre-Intermediate
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