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The Newest President
In 2008 the Security Council has five new members including Libya. (United Nations, Security Council, Ban Ki-Moon and his achievements to date, defining and non-defining relative clauses, gap filling, Internet research, reading for specific information, split readings.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Snail Game
A useful card game to review and recall verb forms.
Intermediate
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The Itch
Researchers in Arizona have identified nerve cells believed to be responsible for itchy sensations. The discovery may lead the way to better treatments for itching. (Science, the brain, new cures)
Upper-Intermediate
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The "Babel" Machine
This is about the emergence of so-called "machine translation", which has raised hopes among some --and strong doubts among others -- that computers will one day make human interpreters obsolete. (Translation, computers, technology, interpreters, language, the -ing forms, gerunds, verbs, adjectives)
Upper-Intermediate
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Tech Workers in the U.S. 
Demand for U.S. technical workers fell 44 percent in the past year. What's happening? Do the lesson and find out. (Employment, computer and technical jobs, relative pronouns)
Intermediate
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T V Dinners
Children who eat lunch when they are watching TV take in more calories and children in families who usually watch television during meals eat less fruit and fewer vegetables. They also eat more pizza, snack food and caffeine-laced drinks. (TV watching, food, diet, children, family, health.)
Elementary
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Switch Off Your Phone!
Modern Etiquette: Ringing in good mobile phone manners! Modern technology may have provided us with mobile phones and the convenience of instant communication, but it's also created a lot more ways to irritate or offend. This lesson also looks at mobile phone misuse by politicians and doctors. (Laws, crime, technology, scanning paragraphs for topics, word order)
Upper-Intermediate
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Stunt Animals
As an employee looking after stunt animals on movie sets, this woman was called upon to even protect a cockroach! (Hollywood, animal protection, movies, articles)
Advanced
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Spiderman - third time lucky
Alain Robert scaled one of the tallest skyscrapers in Barcelona without a harness. (Strange hobbies, dangerous activities, superlatives, sentence reconstruction.)
Elementary
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Smokers Denied Transplants
Surgeons at the Alfred Hospital in Australia are demanding that smokers stop the habit before undergoing major heart and lung surgery. The reported ban has raised a storm of controversy in Australia.  (Health, ethics, smoking, responsibility, 'verb+that+clause sentences')
Upper-Intermediate
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Smell That Stamp
It is hoped that high-tech ink scented with violets can draw young people back to letter writing, a pastime losing followers in the age of e-mail. Well, there is always hope. (Korea, technology, email, comparative adjectives)
Intermediate
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Slow Down
An anti-speeding device which uses space satellite signals and cuts the fuel supply to cars breaking speed limits could save thousands of lives on Britain's roads. (Car speeding, new technology, satellites, police, conditional sentences)
Intermediate
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See You In Court
A longtime fan, disgruntled with the play his favourite hockey team, has sued the club's owner for breach of contract. (Sport, law suits, suing, money, cause and effect)
Intermediate
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Skunks and yogurt
Skunks jam their heads in to these containers as they are looking for yogurt and then get trapped and die but will the company responsible help?(Environment, packaging, animals, advertising, '-ing' forms)
Upper-Intermediate
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Sea 'Monster' Hijacks Boaters
Two Florida boaters met a real sea monster this week when their craft was dragged for hours by a powerful creature. Do this lesson to find out what it was. (Fishing, boats, the passive voice)
Intermediate
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Science Fiction
A fast-growing plant was used to decorate saltwater aquariums. Next, a hardier, cloned version of the species was developed for display at the Stuttgart Aquarium in Germany. Now, this green toxic invader has spread throughout the north Mediterranean. (toxins, cloning, GM, the passive voice)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Say Cheese
Americans love cheese, but their hearts don't love them for it. (Diet, health, the USA, gerunds)
Intermediate
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Running Man
Many people today want to be the best at something. Read through these recent news articles to get an idea of what sort of records people try to break. (world records, sauna, Everest, running around the world, muti-word adjectives)
Intermediate
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Private Lives
Does what people do away from work not influence how they perform or behave at work? Find out what the answer to this question has been in these two articles. (Religious freedom, teachers', parents' rights, sport, reported or indirect speech)
Upper-Intermediate
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Politics - No way
The article in this lesson tells of a survey of high school seniors in Japan on which jobs were least popular. The survey quoted students as saying, "the image of politicians is awful. It is a boring job. Their work doesn't matter." (Careers, politicians, Japan, 'because of' and/or 'because')
Elementary
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Pocket Monsters
British teachers have accused the makers of Pokemon "fantasy monster" cards of fueling an obsession among children which has turned to violence. What do you think? (Pokemon cards, marketing, Britain, Puerto Rico, children, obsessions, trends, verb tense review: Present Simple/Simple Past/Present Perfect or Future)
Intermediate
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Playground Safety
When it comes to safety, sand appears to be a better playground surface than grass--even though you may be left cleaning it out of every crack and crevice of your youngster for days after a trip to the playground. (safety, children, swings, injuries, 'during' or 'while')
Intermediate
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Plant and Animals
The African honeyguide is a bird that aid hunters in rare, sweet partnership. Plants, like humans, also talk to each other and warn of impending danger. (plants, research, animal communication, body language, 'by + verb + ing' when we want to express how something is done, homophones)
Intermediate
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Brow Beating
British men are becoming increasingly interested in having their eyebrows professionally groomed, according to Debenhams department store which plans to hold men-only "guybrow" nights. Men, it said, now make up 40 percent of the visitors to its brow bars, double the proportion of a year ago. (Personal appearance, image, fashion, quantifiers: some and any)
Upper-Intermediate
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Nunavut: A New Territory
In the first redrawing of Canada's maps in 50 years, a vast new Arctic territory has been created. (Geography, Canada, local autonomy, dependent clauses)
Intermediate
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Noisy Neighbors
Apartment dwellers have a new weapon to use on noisy neighbors: a CD of 64 minutes of lawnmower noise! (Cities, revenge, weapons, noise, neighbours, phrasal verbs)
Intermediate
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Mothers In Law
According to a Canadian survey, mothers-in-law are not the hated, interfering monsters the stand-up comics would have us believe. (Families, relatives, Canada, survey, compound nouns)
Intermediate
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Monkey Business
Scientists have genetically engineered a monkey, the closest relative yet to a human to be genetically altered. What's next? (Genetic engineering, science, health, punctuation)
Advanced
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Mixed Messages from Role Models.
Famous athletes are among the most important role models in the lives of American children, but the youngsters themselves recognize that their heroes' behavior is not always good.(Famous sports stars, teenagers, the USA, Synonyms, verbs to give instructions)
Upper-Intermediate
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Mice Out For Dinner
Wanted: Pied Piper in Paris! Mice are on the loose. (pests, restaurants, Paris, '-ed and -ing' adjectives)
Upper-Intermediate
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Another World Record
This is about the largest ozone hole ever observed opening up over Antarctica... When? Now. Do the lesson and stay out of the sun! (ozone layer, greenhouse gases, the future, global warming, pollution, prefixes)
Upper-Intermediate
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Corking Row over Sour Grapes
Researchers in Australia say metal screwcaps appear to be better at preserving the quality of white wine than corks. (Tradition, wine connoisseurs, descriptive language.)
Advanced
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A Cruise Ship Home
A retired British woman has decided to live on a cruise ship all the time and sail round the world, because it costs no more than staying in an old people's home. (Life styles, retirement, email, summarizing ideas, the present perfect with 'already'.)
Elementary
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Very Wrong
Two Canadians wanting to buy cocaine in the Cayman Islands got a dramatically wrong number, and ended up talking to a top anti-drug officer. They also got busted. (dialling, phones, crime, drugs, adverbs, 'actually')
Pre-Intermediate
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Dog Boy
A 10-year-old boy who had been abandoned by his parents survived for two years in a cave with a pack of stray dogs who scavenged for food with him and may even have suckled him. (Living in remote places, child being cared for and fed by dogs, vocabulary.)
Intermediate
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To have or not to have
Leo from Belgium asks about making questions using the verb "to have".
Intermediate
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Is Anybody Listening to Me?
It has one article saying that a dog wagging its tail could be eyeing you as its next meal (and a snarling dog could be just smiling at you), and another article saying that humans and animals communicate with one another telepathically all the time. You can try this at home! (Dogs, animal communication, body language, conjunctions)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Meeting an Actor
"It's not every day you get a Hollywood superstar phoning you when you're doing the housework". (Dustin Hoffman, famous people, taxi drivers, actors, articles)
Pre-Intermediate
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Lunch Hour Chewed Up
Increasing work pressures have eaten into Britain's traditional lunch hour, reducing it to a 36-minute break. (Work pressure, lunch hours, health, changes in workplace, Britain, word order)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Lost Animals
This is about runaway animals - rabbits and a kangaroo hopping around a London suburb and a German motorway. (Kangaroos, rabbits, animals, escapes London, present perfect simple, nouns or verbs)
Elementary
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Lawyer Has No Luck At All
If there were a prize for the world's unluckiest man, British solicitor Edward Bentley would surely be in the running. (Gambling, bad luck, crime, regrets about the past, "I wish")
Intermediate
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Keeping a City Clean
This is about, well, animal droppings. Did you know dog poop, when scooped, costs 10 francs a kilo in Paris? If that is your cup of tea, then do this lesson!(Cities, pets, Paris, to + infinitive, purpose)
Intermediate
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Justice Systems
Aromatherapy? Soft lights? Soothing string music? It sounds like a new age seance, but it's the new way of doling out justice, Brazilian-style. (Judges, courts, legal systems, punishment, phrasal verbs, smell/sound/feel/ + like, metaphors.)
Intermediate
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"Ice Hotel"
Canada's first Ice Hotel made of ice and snow... Are the rooms heated?? (Hotels, tourism, Canada, reported speech.)
Intermediate
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How Good Is Your Nose?
This is about: a dog that has been trained to smell money; mechanical dogs that can smell land mines; and the high cost of a dog at the United Nations that can smell bombs. (Working dogs, dogs smelling for money, bombs and land mines, prepositions.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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How Good are You?
A pair of social psychologists say that luckily, the truly incompetent may never know the depths of their own incompetence. (ability, overconfidence, incompetence, synonyms, modal verbs, narrative tenses)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Hospital Or Home
A lot of assumptions have been made about what older people's preferences are for health care, and according to this lesson, these may be wrong(Old age, health care, death, illness, 'prefer', 'would prefer' and 'preference')
Upper-Intermediate
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High Tech Garbage
The city of Barcelona is putting micro chips in its 18,000 litter bins to try and make garbage collection easier. How? Do the lesson and find out!(Computers, micro chips, litter bins, Spain, technology, 'can' & 'can't', linkers, listing.)
Elementary
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High Flyer
This is about a 300-pound (135 kg) pig that flew first-class across the United States. (Air travel with animals, pigs, rules and laws, 'ever' and 'never')
Intermediate
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Helping The Government
This lesson is about a British retiree who mailed a check for 75 pence ($1.09) to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in disgust at the very small 75 pence weekly rise in the state pension, and was surprised to find it had been cashed. (Retirement, money, governments, the UK, clauses using 'that')
Intermediate
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