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Aging World
Already, one in five Japanese are aged 65 or over and by mid-century a falling birth rate and rising longevity mean that figure will nearly double, while the population will drop by 30 percent to 90 million. Companies in the world's fastest-aging society are looking to older people as well as younger women, immigrants and even robots to fill the gaps. (Aging populations, work issues, making decisions, answering multiple choice questions, role play.)
Advanced
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Active and Passive (Int)- Anna Grammar Worksheet
We use the passive when we want to think about the receiver - the person or thing acted upon. We are thinking about what is being done to someone or something, not who is doing it.
Intermediate
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Find Your Other Half - Thanksgiving
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about Thanksgiving in North America.
Intermediate
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The Secret Billionaire Giveaway
He wears a $15 watch, flies economy class and does not own a house or car. For years few guessed that Chuck Feeney was one of the world's biggest philanthropists, secretly giving away his billionaire fortune. (Philanthropy, making money and being rich, lifestyles, discussion, reading and note-taking, sharing information)
Intermediate
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True and False - Halloween Trivia
This warmer about Halloween encourages discussion.
Pre-Intermediate
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Employing Bullies
Nearly half of working Americans said they suffered or witnessed workplace bullying ... according to a 2007 survey. Bullying at work remains a problem in different parts of the world. (Bullying at work, restructuring, depression, the US, Norway, simple present, present perfect and simple past contrasted, uses of present perfect simple, for and since.)
Intermediate
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Halloween
Kmart Corp has been sued by a company that accused the retailer of ripping off its full-body banana costume design. Halloween is big business. U.S. shoppers are expected to spend $3.4 billion on costumes alone for the Oct. 31 holiday (Halloween, consumer spending, fancy dress costumes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Testing Fathers
Men in Japan can now do a 'daddy exam'. The exam tries to make men think more about being dads in a country where men usually work long hours and leave their wives in charge of childrearing and household chores. (Parenting, work, families, Japan, present simple questions, reading for specific information, true or false, doing an interview, writing questions.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Singular and plural nouns
Making nouns plural - most nouns can be singular (one) or plural (two or more) in English.
Elementary
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Big and Beautiful Cappuccinos
Jack Hanna is the world champion of coffee art--using the froth on your cappuccino to make pictures. The man from Sydney beat the Italians in the World Latte Art Champions and an Italian barman made a 330-gallon cappuccino, setting what he said was a world record. (Coffee, world records, spelling, prepositions.)
Elementary
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Farming Tourists
Like many farmers, Martin Busin works from dawn till nightfall, but he still needs the help of his cafe-au-lait cow, Miss, to bring in tourists to keep afloat his smallholding in Italy's mountainous Alto Adige region. (Agritourism, Italy, choosing a headline, using the context to guess a meaning of a word,choosing a headline , conducting an interview.)
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Guns, Guns and More Guns
The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said. (Guns, arms control, poverty and wealth, reading for the main idea, thinking carefully.)
Intermediate
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Adjectives - Comparatives and Superlatives
To compare two things, we use a comparative adjective. Sometimes we want to say that something is the most. When we do this, we use a superlative adjective. A worksheet for Pre-Intermediate students.
Pre-Intermediate
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Conversation: I'd like a burger
This warmer looks at some language used in ordering a meal, listening and taking an order and talking about fast food.
Elementary
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Space for Rent
"Galactic Suite", the first hotel planned in space, expects to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes. If you've had enough of life on earth and want to get away from it all, start saving now. (Tourism, space, the future perfect)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Opposites
We use adjectives to tell us what something is like: tell us more about somebody or something. Use the pictures to complete the crossword puzzles.
Elementary
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Smart Squirrels
A Finnish squirrel goes to a Finnish grocery shop at least twice a day to steal "Kinder Surprise" chocolate-shelled eggs and in Britain a squirrel helped police find a box of stolen crockery by encouraging them to follow it and then leading them to a tree. (Squirrels, animal behavior, crime, vocabulary, comprehension, discussion and prepositions.)
Elementary
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Early to Wed
A teacher flew thousands of miles across the Atlantic to Wales to attend his friend's wedding, only to discover he was a year early. (Being early and late, weddings, reading for the main idea, sequencing, writing questions in the present simple and past simple tenses, have to and don't have to.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Food Words
Match the various meats, fruits and vegetables and then complete the pair crossword puzzles.
Pre-Intermediate
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Conversation: Vacation plans
This warmer looks at some language used to describe a vacation at the beach and provides some examples of the past continuous tense and saying sorry when you do not do something.
Elementary
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Training Camp
Sweating, panting and some groaning, 400 Japanese worked out on Sunday with US fitness guru Billy Blanks, whose military-style exercises have become a huge hit in a country where waistlines are bulging. (Keeping fit, business ideas, conducting a survey.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Watching is Catching on
Armed with binoculars it takes to the bush to spot and identify winged creatures but this is not the common bird watcher -- it's the butterfly watcher, a relatively rare but fast growing species. (Butterflies and butterfly watching, conservation, hobbies, making predictions, comprehension, finding grammatical errors.)
Advanced
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Comparative & Superlative Adjectives - Elementary
We often want to look at people or things together so that we can see how they are different. When we do this, we are comparing things. An Anna Grammar worksheet for elementary students.
Elementary
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Harry Potter
To practice reading for understanding, to practice asking and answering questions, to learn about Harry Potter and the writer J.K. Rowling.
Intermediate
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Robin Hood Lives!
Robin Hood lives! People taking part in a game designed to explore egalitarian impulses in human nature consistently robbed from players assigned the most money while giving money to those with the least, scientists said on Wednesday. (Honesty and equality in society, Robin Hood, finding synonyms, reading for correct information, answering true or false questions, Internet research, expressing opinions.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Holiday words
Going on a summer holiday!
Elementary
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How Often Do You Have Breakfast?
This warmer helps students practice asking How often...? to find out about a few of someone's routine.
Elementary
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Greyhound Gives a Picture
Every morning a Greyhound bus loads up with passengers to start its journey to Atlanta. The ride provides an insight into the lives of America's poor as the bus crosses the Deep South states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. (Greyhound bus travel, descriptions of people, discussion, completing the gaps, choosing the best headline, completing a summary, understanding points of view and purpose, word families, writing an email.)
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Hard Workers
The United States is the world's biggest economy but it does not guarantee workers paid vacation or holidays. One in five British workers spend longer in the office than they have to, a survey shows. Yet sixty percent would choose an extra week's holiday rather than an extra week's pay. (Paid holidays and vacations, annual leave, work pressures, 'either... or', superlative adjectives.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Conversation: Your plane leaves from Gate 4
Waiting to check in at the airport. This warmer looks at some language used at the airport when checking-in.
Elementary
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Mad Dash
A German mother-of-five drove her son to a jewelry store he wanted to rob because she was afraid he may come to some harm and a devoted mother traveled 900 miles (1,450 km) to take her son his GameBoy that he had left behind when he went on a school trip. (Parents, parenting, children, sequencing, irony, idioms).
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 5 June 2007
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Yellow cabs to go Green
New York City's famed yellow taxi cabs will go green within five years...1,000 hybrid taxis -- powered by gasoline and electricity -- would be introduced by October 2008. (Alternative fuels, transport, the environment, hybrid vehicles, discussion, skimming, choose the best answer, reading and notetaking, first conditional, Internet research.)
Intermediate
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Time and Dates
Here are some ways we 'tell the time' (say what the time is).
Elementary
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1,2,3 .. Countable & Uncountable Nouns - Worksheet
Explanations and 5 practice exercises.
Elementary
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What Did You Do On Friday?
This warmer helps students practice asking and answering questions about past events and use the past simple tense.
Elementary
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Planes & Flying - Vocabulary Worksheet
A flying worksheet from Max Vocab. There are vocabulary matching exercises and pair crossword puzzles which recycle vocabulary from the Instant lesson "Bag Lady Holds Up Plane".
Elementary
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"Sports" - Talking about likes and dislikes
This warmer helps students practice asking about about preferences, use sporting vocabulary and have a short conversation with a partner about different sports.
Elementary
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Real-life Avatar
A world away from Hollywood in remote eastern India the story of Avatar is being played out. Avatar tells the story of the Na'vi whose existence is threatened by a mining corporation which wants to exploit mineral deposits beneath a giant sacred tree. In India's state of Orissa, indigenous tribespeople are battling to stop Vedanta Resources from extracting bauxite from their sacred mountain. (Religion, environment, sharing information, making a diagram, timeline, discussion.)
Advanced
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Bilingual Pre-schoolers
Preschoolers who speak Spanish as their first language at home are losing their native tongue while also struggling to speak English, according to American researchers.(Language learning, bilingualism, choosing the best answer, sentence extracts, true, false or not given, word find puzzle.)
Intermediate
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Rats Rats Rats
A video shown on television showed rats scampering across a New York City restaurant floor. With nearly four million rats born every day experts have warned that the rodents could spread more disease through towns and cities in developing nations. (Rats, sanitation, restaurants and the spread of disease, pest control, vocabulary work, understanding the main idea, listening gap fill, prediction, true or false, shouting dictation game, pair crossword, although and because.)
Pre-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 5 April 2007
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Are You Right?
This warmer helps students practice asking Yes/No questions to exchange information and have a short conversation with a partner about an everyday item.
Elementary
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Lost in The Big Apple
Ever wondered what would happen if you lost your wallet in a big city? If it happened in New York, chances are you would get it back. New Yorkers may have a reputation as being busy, cynical and tough but most will take the trouble and effort to find the owner of a lost wallet, according to a new study. (Honesty, city versus countryside, problem solving, writing a definition, conducting an experiment, quantifier words.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Have/have got, do, take & make - Max Worksheet
A vocabulary worksheet with exercises so learners can practice these sometimes confusable verbs.
Elementary
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Redbacks and Snakes on the Move
Snakes are going into urban areas in Australia because they are looking for water and redback spiders were going inside. (Snakes, spiders, Australia, comprehension, prediction, reading for understanding, answering true or false questions, countable and uncountable nouns, much, many, some, any, a few, a little, few, less)
Elementary
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Stative Verbs
Verbs can show actions or states. This worksheet has examples and exercises.
Intermediate
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Killer Games
A 2007 article says that violent video games do not make children into murderers. (Violent video games and effect on children, violence, discussion, vocabulary hunt, filling the gaps in a table, finding and correcting grammatical errors.)
Intermediate
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What do you do?
This warmer is an enjoyable way for elementary students to revise the question, "What do you do?" and practice occupation words.
Elementary
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Left Behind Kids
Xiao Yun and Xiao Bo are, in many ways, typical rural Chinese kids. But when the 11 and 12-year-old return to their small cave home - still common for many here on the edge of the Loess Plateau in China's northwestern Shaanxi province - there are no parents waiting for them. (Text Organization, Problem Solving, Discussion, Research Project)
Advanced
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Occupations
Work and jobs: match the pictures and the jobs, complete the sentences and do a pair crossword puzzle.
Elementary
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Conversation Strips - Meeting for the first time
This warmer helps students greet someone and introduce themselves for the first time.
Elementary
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