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Lessons for Drunk Kids
The British Red Cross has launched a campaign to teach 11-16 year-olds how to handle medical emergencies which arise from excessive drinking. The Red Cross found 12 percent of 11-16 year olds have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious. (Teenage drinking, first aid, medical emergencies, Red Cross.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Top ten most mustache-dense countries
In a growing campaign to refer to November as “Movember”, men around the world are being encouraged to grow a mustache for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer. This warmer encourages discussion and scanning.
Intermediate
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Max Vocab AWL 3
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson What's Up, Doc?
Upper-Intermediate
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Japan's "Iku-men"
Hiroyuki Ogino stayed home from his job in telecoms to take care of his son for a month this spring -- one of a tiny but growing number of Japanese men opting for paternity leave despite the risk to their careers. "It really is as if we are putting a minus against our names, causing problems for our colleagues by not being around to pull our weight," said Ogino, a 38-year-old father of two. (Stayhome dads, parental leave, Japan, employment issues.)
Advanced
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Tips and Hints for Visitors
Commonwealth Games organizers have compiled an extensive list of hints and tips for visitors to the October event, the guide providing a valuable insight into social mores as well as helping to avoid embarrassing situations. (Commonwealth Games, sport, rules for behavior, New Delhi.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Munich
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Munich and the Oktoberfest.
Intermediate
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Acad Word List 2 – Max V Worksheet
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson Redheads Feel More Pain.
Upper-Intermediate
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World Leaders: Julia Gillard, Australia
This warmer gets students to read for specific information in order to complete a biographical table.
Intermediate
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On Your Bike
A fleet of 6,000 bicycles for hire will hit the streets of central London on Friday when the city's mayor Boris Johnson launches a scheme intended to fuel a cycling revolution in the congested capital. (Traffic problems, bicycles, London, concept of offering a service for free, definite articles.)
Upper-Intermediate
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World Leaders: And the Australian Prime Minister?
This warmer gets students to read for specific information in order to complete a biographical table. We have also included a news article giving helpful information on the Australian electoral system and the position they are now facing.
Intermediate
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China's Development Juggernaut
China has put big money down on a momentous gamble: rush to build new cities in its poor interior, then wait for people to come and help drive the economy to a new stage of growth. Here in this corner of the Chinese hinterland, the government has widened farm lanes into highways, turned wheat fields into an industrial park, spent a fortune on government offices, and set up a school for thousands of students in what was a dusty town a few years before. (China, government, development, migration.)
Advanced
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An Expensive Sandwich
A bear crashed a car after opening the door of a car and getting stuck. The bear smelled a peanut butter sandwich in the back seat and opened the door of the car. The bear climbed in and got stuck. (Bears, dangerous animals, bizarre events, conducting an interview, irregular past tense verbs, word search puzzle.)
Elementary
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Acad Word List 1 – Max V Worksheet
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson Eye See.
Upper-Intermediate
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A Veiled Look
An elementary school teacher, would rather die than take off her face veil, or niqab. While a majority of Egyptian women and girls think it is an Islamic religious obligation to cover their hair and neck with a scarf, few Muslim scholars say the full face veil is mandatory. (Reported speech)
Intermediate
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Effects of Rom Coms?
Romantic comedies might provide 90 minutes of light-hearted fun but the happy-ever-after movies are also impacting people's real love lives, according to an Australian survey and a study in college dating suggests that American males enjoy teary, romantic "women's films" more than they are letting on. (Romantic comedies, differences between men and women, movie genres.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Edinburgh
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Edinburgh and the Fringe Festival held every August.
Intermediate
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Protecting the Animals
Efforts to save tigers and kiwi birds. This lesson looks at conservation efforts in two different places. (Environment, animals, poaching, pests, New Zealand, Sundarban Forest, Bangladesh, India, present perfect simple).
Pre-Intermediate
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Heroin Help
The drawings on the wall of the Sanga Amaj clinic show one 11-year-old's family tableau - father and mother huddled over heroin kits as their sons watch haplessly. Sanga Amaj is one of three U.S.-funded drug clinics for women and children in Afghanistan, the most overlooked and vulnerable of the country's many opiate addicts. (Drug addiction, children and treatment, Afghanistan.)
Advanced
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Natural disasters: Hurricanes
This activity encourages communication between students focussing on the use of comparative and superlative adjectives.
Intermediate
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Eye See
It's estimated that up to 60 percent of school-age children in rural China need glasses to see clearly, but most either don't have them or don't wear them if they do. A new study suggests that misinformation about wearing glasses and the inconvenience of getting them - not cost - may be at least partly to blame. (Eyesight, stereotypes, making predictions, designing a pair of glasses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Adverbs - An Anna Grammar Worksheet
Adverbs are words that modify or talk about verbs. Adverbs often tell us when, where, why, or how something happens. This worksheet has 4 exercises for students to complete.
Intermediate
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Couch Kids
American children aren't the only couch potatoes with nearly one third of children globally spending three hours a day or more watching TV or on computers, according to a study of over 70,000 teens. From Argentina to Zambia, researchers found most children aren't getting enough exercise and it made no difference if they lived in a rich or a poor country. (Children and physical activity, interpreting diagrams and graphs.)
Intermediate
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Mobile Phone Health Question
Experts who studied almost 13,000 cell phone users over 10 years, hoping to find out whether the [cell phones] cause brain tumors, said their research gave no clear answer. A study threw up inconclusive results but researchers said suggestions of a possible link demanded deeper examination. (Health hazards, mobile phones, graphs, summarizing, use of may or might.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Dining Tips
We all indulge in less-than-perfect behavior in private but dining politely should be second nature - or should at least appear to be - if you are seeking to impress the boss or potential client. Here are some top tips to ensure social and business success at the table. (Business, table manners, dos and don'ts of dining, spaghetti eating.)
Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Soccer / Football
An All Levels Vocabulary Worksheet - on soccer/football.
Intermediate
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How much is too much?
The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett has an old-world spiritual message for today's money-rich parents: teach your children values and do not give them everything they want. Multi-millionaires want help in preventing wealth from corrupting their children's values. (Wealth, spoiling children, financial services, business.)
Advanced
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World Leaders: Lee Myung-bak, South Korea
This warmer is good for any group but works particularly well with a quiet group of students to help loosen them up.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Adjectives
An "All Levels" Grammar Worksheet with exercises that looks at how to use adjectives.
Intermediate
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Crossword Chaos: Soccer (Football) Vocabulary
This is a great way to learn and review soccer vocabulary in a fun way.
Intermediate
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World Leaders: David Cameron
David Cameron is the new Prime Minister of Britain. Our Weekly Warmer looks at some facts about Mr. Cameron and gets students to read and think about present and past tenses and discuss a topic.
Intermediate
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Disasters: Oil Spills
This activity encourages communication between students using speaking, listening and reading skills.
Intermediate
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Step Into Someone's Shoes!
When entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie saw Argentinean children walking barefoot on streets strewn with garbage and broken glass, he didn't just donate some money, he started a company with the goal of putting shoes on the feet of every needy child. Four years later TOMS Shoes has given away more than 400,000 pairs through a new form of business called "conscious capitalism." (Business philanthropy, children in developing countries, idioms.)
Advanced
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Natural disasters: Active Volcanoes
This activity encourages communication between students using speaking, listening and reading skills and gives basic information about active volcanoes.
Intermediate
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$40.00 a Foot
When Bhoopnarayan Jha lost his leg, he did not want to live. "I told my doctor, just kill me...," said 48-year-old Jha, who used to cycle 20 km (about 12 miles) to work every day. When Jha got a foot he walked after one hour. "In one month's time I could run and catch a bus." (Health, new inventions, amputees.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Cheer Up!
The women are elderly but they love cheerleading. They are 60 to 70 years old. The economy is weak in Japan but cheerleading is fun. (Hobbies, cheerleading and adjectives.)
Elementary
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Abstract Nouns
Meenal asks for help with ways and means of teaching the concept of abstract nouns to children.
Intermediate
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Suffixes 1 – Words used for People
This is a short worksheet on some suffixes used to make nouns to describe people.
Intermediate
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Family Holidays
The family vacation has changed from the days when kids in the back of the station wagon pestered their parents in front with the unending refrain, "Are we there yet?". Experts say these days the family vacation often has three generations, and when it comes to [saying what to do], it's the kids in the driver's seat and the grandparents who pay. (Families, vacations, travel, brainstorming.)
Intermediate
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Talking About Reading Game
This warmer gives students speaking practice and helps them develop fluency in speaking about a topic. It also goes well with the Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson “Better Late Than Never” which looks at library books and libraries.
Pre-Intermediate
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A Woman's Place?
Women are world leaders, CEOs and are 50% of the world's workers but a poll shows that 25% of people, most of them young, think a woman's place is in the home. (Polls and statistics, gender divisions, adverbs.)
Elementary
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Making Up
The average British woman's cosmetic bag is out of date by ... four years, according to a study on Wednesday. Women are using cosmetics well past the use-by date. Debenhams asked 1,000 women aged 18 to 70 about the contents of their cosmetic bags and their understanding of the health considerations. (Makeup, consumer issues, expiry dates, surveys, doing a makeover.)
Intermediate
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Complete the Picture - drawing a face
This fun icebreaker will help students use appropriate questions to obtain information from a partner to complete a drawing and follow instructions correctly. They will also learn or revise words to do with the face and makeup.
Intermediate
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??Confusables - Stationary and Stationery??
Words that are alike but have different meanings often cause trouble. This worksheet will help clear things up!
Upper-Intermediate
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"Make" & "Do" - An intermediate worksheet
An intermediate Anna Grammar Worksheet on some of the different uses of make and do.
Intermediate
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Famous cities: Vancouver
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Vancouver.
Intermediate
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Do Journalists Help?
"Can you help?". "Oh ... maybe the American soldiers or the Red Cross up there can." "No, can YOU help? I need YOU to help my baby." Veteran journalists from all round the world came to cover the disaster, and it was interesting to see how they handled the often unspoken question of how to help: whether to photograph or carry the wounded baby first. (Haiti, Natural disasters and the role of the media.)
Advanced
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"Generation XD"
They've never known a world without the Internet, but they still prefer to meet their friends offline. A new survey of eight to 14-year-old Europeans by U.S. company Walt Disney Co showed that the children of Generation X are web-savvy, videogame-playing environmentalists who love their parents.(Children, market research, values, interpreting figures.)
Pre-Intermediate
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?What do they Think?
This warmer helps students practice asking questions to find out the views of other students in the class.
Pre-Intermediate
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Natural disasters: Earthquake - The Richter Scale
This activity encourages communication between students and helps develop comprehension.
Intermediate
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Earthquakes
One of the health threats rescuers and doctors battle after an earthquake over the coming weeks and days is finding survivors trapped beneath rubble and treatment for people with major injuries. An average 10,000 deaths occur worldwide from earthquakes annually. About 18 major earthquakes (magnitude 7.0 to 7.9) and one great quake (8.0 or higher) hit in a typical year. (Earthquakes, natural disasters, Haiti, prefixes and word families)
Intermediate
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