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Climbing High
Eighteen-year-old Fatima Sultani gazes at the peak of a mountain near Afghanistan's capital Kabul after completing a morning climbing session, considering her next challenge. She and her team of nine young Afghan mountaineers are hoping to climb Afghanistan’s Mir Samir mountain and then Mount Everest. (Mountan climbing, status of women, Afghanistan.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Art Theft
This gap fill and comprehension exercise looks at the trade in stolen art works around the world. Students practice reading for understanding, asking and answering questions.
Intermediate
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Free holiday anyone?
Bargain hunters and frustrated globe trotters have swamped an Italian village with requests to stay after the village offered free accommodation to attract tourists to its abandoned hilltop hamlets. (Tourism, migration, marketing, Covid 19 effects, travel, used to for past habits and states.)
Intermediate
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Never Too Old To Graduate
This lesson is about graduating at 96, 90 and 85, people determined to continue their education despite the path life takes them. Maybe there is still time. (Old age, learning, retirement, education.)
Elementary
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Shaking up clothing trade
Five years ago she was working 12-hour shifts in a garment factory as the main earner for her family in Bangladesh. Today the 23-year-old is one of the first graduates of a special university program that aims to inspire female workers to become leaders and boost women's rights across industries. (Textile workers and education, Bangladesh, women, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Present Participle Phrase
A present participle (verb+ing) phrase can be used to give information about a main clause. This worksheet has explanations and practice exercises.
Intermediate
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I want a Lamborghini
A police officer stopped a car on a US freeway and found a 5-year-old driver. The child said he was driving to California to buy a Lamborghini.
Elementary
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Famous People: Alfred Nobel and the Peace Price
This gap fill and comprehension exercise is a look at dynamite tycoon Alfred Nobel and the annual prizes he established.
Upper-Intermediate
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Post Lockdown...
Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown. The Bushcraft course teaches basic survival skills and offers insight into traditional indigenous cultures. (Understanding words in context, Scanning, Grammar - second conditional)
Intermediate
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Battling the Pandemic
By night, nurse Rachel Hartley is on the front line of the war against the coronavirus. By day, she rests on the sailboat that brought her from Virginia, wondering how she will explain it all to her children someday. (Nursing, New York, Covid-19, living on a boat )
Upper-Intermediate
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The Cats are Back!
Now the pandemic lockdown has eased, the cats are back at the cafe for the cat lovers to play with while they sip a cup of coffee. And, there is a goat cafe with a pair of friendly goats for customers to pet, play with and even take for walks through Tokyo's concrete jungle. (Cafes, animals, present continuous, planning a dream cafe)
Pre-Intermediate
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Eat More Fries
In Belguim, farmers are asking people to eat more potatoes. Covid-19 means restaurants are shut and sales are down 80%. Belgian potato processors normally export to 160 countries. (Coronavirus pandemic, farmers, fractions, discussion, reading for detail, comprehension, possessive adjectives, possessive 's.)
Elementary
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'It is OK to feel scared'
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told the country’s children on Monday it was OK to feel scared during the “special days” of the coronavirus outbreak. The news conference was to answer children’s questions about the pandemic. (Coronavirus and a press conference for children, Norway, it's okay to..., dialogs.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Joggers Versus Dog Walkers
A stroll in the park has turned into a battle for space among people in cities. Rules on social distancing to stop coronavirus spreading have started.(Social/physical distancing, tension between different groups, effects of Covid-19, urban designs, group design activities.)
Intermediate
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Humour
Americans are using humor as a balm to soothe nerves during the coronavirus pandemic. "Humor is a really powerful way to manage the unmanageable. Just to make fun of it and to gain control by laughing at it. That's a really powerful psychological move we can make".
Upper-Intermediate
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Coordinating Conjunctions: and, but, so
The text discusses the Covid19 pandemic lockdown. The gap fill and comprehension exercises help students to practice use of coordinating conjunctions and, but, so.
Elementary
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Virus Control
A day after Jeanhee Kim learned of a coronavirus case in her Singapore apartment block, she was visited by a distinguished-looking man she later learned was a senior government minister. (Dealing with an epidemic, COVID - 19, Singapore, staying healthy, quarantine.
Upper-Intermediate
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Each and Every Grammar Worksheet
An all levels grammar worksheet from Anna Grammar looking at those confusables Each and Every.
Intermediate
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A Lifesaver
An Indian schoolgirl was very brave. In 2019 11-year-old Carolyn Malsawmtluangi helped a little girl escape from a trafficker. (Human trafficking, being brave.)
Elementary
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Groundhog Day
Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog with an even more famous shadow, came out of his burrow on Sunday and predicted an early North American spring. (Groundhog Day, interview with a woodchuck, first conditional.)
Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 17 February 2020
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Pooch Podcasts
Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners’ absence. (Scanning, matching details, true or false, choosing a headline)
Pre-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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Looking For A Green Love Match
Despite the public perception that cyberspace is a shallow, hostile environment, lovers who meet through apps may actually end up forming strong relationships. Young people looking for love are throwing aside traditional dating rules and bonding over shared social causes, particularly tackling global warming. (Internet relationships, scanning, summarizing, 'despite', 'in spite of' and 'although', discourse markers, understanding a graph, writing an ad, interviews.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Go Well
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Finland’s new Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who has become the world’s youngest head of government, needs no advice from another youthful premier. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that it would be a good idea for Marin to ask “old people” for their advice. (Youth and age, wisdom and experience, being a leader.)
Intermediate
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Chinese New Year
To practice reading for understanding, to practice asking and answering questions, to learn about customs of different cultures.
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 6 January 2020
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Dreaming of a Green Christmas
Families should wrap their Christmas presents in recyclable brown paper and make their own Christmas crackers using old toilet rolls this year to help ensure a more sustainable festive season, a leading waste company said. (Gift giving, predicting from the headline, guessing meanings from context, scanning, true or false, jigsaw reading game, present perfect simple and present simple.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Trees For Life
People in cities live longer if they are in leafy neighborhoods. Nieuwenhuijsen says leafy areas help people's mental health, reduce stress, cut pollution and encourage people to do more physical activity. (Trees and urban areas, mental health, longevity of life, present perfect simple.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Pigs Might Fly
LiLou the therapy pig helps air travelers. LiLou is a 5-year-old pig. (Airports, therapy, role play, prepositions in, around, to)
Elementary
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Cloud Cropping
At the top of a three-story building in Hong Kong, with car horns blasting on the streets below, Jim Fung teaches a dozen students how to thin out choi sum vegetables. Fung was coaching the first cohort of students in an academy run by social enterprise Rooftop Republic to teach a new generation of urban farmers as demand for their skills soars.
Advanced
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Find Your Other Half - Weird Trash
What's washing up in your neighborhood? This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to learn about a growing concern - the scale of waste and the shape it can take.
Intermediate
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Halloween Treats at London Zoo
Halloween comes early at London Zoo as its giraffes, squirrel monkeys and gorillas enjoyed some special treats in carved-out pumpkins. Keepers at the London park got into the spooky spirit by preparing fiendish surprises for the animals. (Halloween, festivals, vocabulary, T, F & creating an advertisement.)
Pre-Intermediate
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You Cannot Have My Food And Not Have Me
When Asma Khan first arrived in Britain from India in 1991, the racism was so bad she had to learn to cycle fast to avoid being hit by the bottles lobbed at her. Now, the award-winning chef is using her success in London - where her restaurant has a celebrity clientèle and a month's-long waiting list - to help other immigrant women overcome the twin barriers of racism and sexism. (Cooking, chefs, migration, racism, non-defining relative clauses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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City Slickers In The Country
A French court ruled that Maurice the rooster could keep crowing despite complaints from neighbors. Maurice’s case highlights tensions around city dwellers who buy summer homes in the countryside without being ready to cope with the realities of rural life. An English millionaire moved to the countryside, then took a local farmer to court because he was irritated by mud, sheep and lowing cows! (The countryside, using infinitives to express purpose)
Intermediate
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A Sporting Cheer Up
Elderly people in Japan do social activities like cheerleading or playing rugby. There are around 10,000 older rugby players in Japan. Rugby keeps players fit and helps them meet other people. These women are elderly, but they love cheerleading. They are 60 to 70 years old and think cheerleading is fun. (Hobbies, rugby, cheerleading and adjectives.)
Elementary
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Anna Grammar - Multi-word Verbs - Separable
Multi-word verbs can be separable (the verb and particle can be separated by other words) or inseparable (the verb and particle must stay together). This worksheet helps you practice phrasal verb.
Intermediate
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Sea Horses
In the small western Belgian fishing village of Oostduinkerke, fishermen use horses, rather than boats, to go shrimp fishing — one of the very few places in the world still using a technique dating back to the 15th century. (Traditional fishing for shrimps, plastic in the oceans, referencing words, fish idioms.)
Intermediate
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Solar Brings New Life
A solar plant in Malawi saved people's lives during a cyclone. After the cyclone villagers hope their irrigation scheme and continued access to solar power would enable them “to start a new life”. (Solar power, cyclones, Malawi, present perfect continuous.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Modals in the Past - Would have

Upper-Intermediate
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High Heels At Work
Yumi Ishikawa, a part-time receptionist in Japan, has more than 20,000 signatures after she tweeted a #Ku-Too petition ('kutsu' - shoes and 'kutsuu' - pain) about having to wear high heels at work. A London temporary worker got more than 120,000 signatures in a petition in one week asking Britain to say companies can't make women wear high heels at work. (Gender equality, work, shoes.)
Elementary
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What Insect Am I?
This warmer is a good activity when the group is relatively new and still learning about each other. It helps student practice listening for instructions and to share ideas.
Pre-Intermediate
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A Buzzing Business
With a workforce of elderly women and using local ingredients, a honey and confectionery business put together with funds raised online is breathing life into an ailing Russian village. (Local businesses, Russia, honey.)
Upper-Intermediate
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I Never Looked Back
When Gaelle Asheri first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl. The teams in the neighborhood used stones for goal posts. They kept score by writing the results with chalk on a wall. (Soccer, women's soccer, present simple tense to describe routine, frequency adverbs.)
Pre-Intermediate
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How Often Were You Late For School...?
This warmer helps students practice asking How often...? with the simple past tense and using frequency adverbs to find out people's experiences of elementary school when they were younger.
Upper-Intermediate
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Two Love
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was afraid becoming pregnant in 2016 would end her tennis career, but says she returned to the game stronger after the birth of her son. (Tennis, female players, rules.)
Intermediate
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K-Pop Dreams
Yuuka Hasumi, 17, put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. (K-pop, Japanese hopefuls auditioning, South Korea and Japan.)
Intermediate
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Create A Musical Group!
This warmer promotes discussion and creativity and helps students use the simple present tense.
Elementary
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That's Just Not Cricket
During a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket. Cricket is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting. They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team. (Cricket, sport as a unifying force, Afghanistan.)
Advanced
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The Retiring Emperor
Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicated on April 30.The plan is to fade into retirement after decades in the spotlight. Friends hope Akihito will have time to indulge his love of tennis, but that could be tough given his age. (Abdication and the Emperor of Japan, conducting an interview, the changing face of royalty.)
Upper-Intermediate
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You Make Me Feel Like Dancing ....
She is wearing yellow trousers, shiny platform shoes, red lipstick and headphones. 80-year-old “DJ Wika” is standing behind the decks. (Dj-ing, elderly people, music and dance.)
Elementary
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??What's The Weather Like??
This vocabulary worksheet looks at ways to describe the weather and weather forecasts.
Intermediate
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