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The Running of the Bulls
Every summer Sergio Colas joins hundreds of other runners for Pamplona's annual bull-run but he cannot hear the roaring crowds or the bulls thundering through the winding streets. Alonso Ceardi has been deaf from birth. A half-tonne bull gored Alonso Ceardi in the chest during the San Fermin festival, but he's still addicted to the thrill of running with bulls. Animal rights activitists want the events stopped. (Festivals, Spain, Mexico, animal rights, conjunctions).
Upper-Intermediate
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Natural disasters: Fire
This activity practises text organization and sequencing skills and helps develop confidence in working with unfamiliar texts. Students will become familiar with some words related to bushfires and learn facts about them. They will compose questions and then ask and answer questions using a text.
Intermediate
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-Prefix 3 - Size Prefixes - Worksheet
A prefix is found at the beginning of the word. It adds to the meaning of the word. Knowing the meaning of a prefix can help you work out the meaning of a word. This worksheet looks at some common prefixes which refer to size.
Intermediate
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"Despite" Anna Grammar
An Anna Grammar Worksheet looking at contrasting words "Despite" and "In Spite Of".
Intermediate
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Wild Sleepover?
For wild animal lovers not content with watching tigers and gorillas during the day, a growing number of zoos are offering a more thrilling after-dark experience - overnight stays. Visitors are learning what happens when the gates slam shut, the sun goes down and the moon rises over some of America's most well-known zoos. (Sleepovers, zoos, writing questions using the present simple tense, present perfect simple, role play using present simple and present perfect simple, doing a crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Cancer Breakthrough
Scientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs... and harnesses the body's immune response to create a vaccine designed to treat cancer. Immunotherapy treatments - medicines that enlist the help of the body's immune system to fight disease - are a relatively new form of potential cancer treatment. (Vaccines, immunology, anticancer medications.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Contrasting Words: However and nevertheless
When we write, we may want to show that two ideas are different. We want to stress the contrast between them. Two words that we can use to do this are however and nevertheless. This Grammar Worksheet has three exercises to practice.
Intermediate
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Prefix 2 - Number Prefixes - Worksheet
A prefix is found at the beginning of the word. It adds to the meaning of the word. Knowing the meaning of a prefix can help you work out the meaning of a word. This worksheet looks at some common prefixes which refer to numbers.
Intermediate
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Soccer Originals
Read about the world's oldest football rules and the world's oldest soccer ball. How have rules changed in the last 150 years? What does the world's oldest soccer ball look like? (Soccer, active / passive, history.)
Intermediate
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Change of Energy Source?
The lakeside town of Port Hope, Ontario, encompasses both the promise and the dark side of the nuclear industry. The town is home to the world's longest running facility to process nuclear fuel, a massive white eyesore that towers over the sailboats bobbing in its tranquil harbor. (Nuclear energy, the environment, business, nuclear accidents, like and unlike.)
Advanced
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Wacky Festivals
This warmer encourages students to think about different bizarre festivals.
Intermediate
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Jump!
A jump rope is cheap. You can use a jump rope everywhere. Boxers and children like jumping rope. Now fitness experts say the jump rope is great for adult workouts. (Exercise, jumping rope, health, dialog, writing affirmative or negative sentences using the present simple tense.)
Elementary
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Seeing-eye Sheep and Goats
Michelle Feldstein was ready to provide special accommodation for the blind horse she recently added to the flightless ducks, clawless cats and homeless llamas at her animal shelter in Montana. But nothing could make her ready for the 40-legged, seeing-eye [group] that came with a blind 15-year-old horse called Sissy. (Animals and friendship, amazing stories, animal shelters, fact and opinion adjectives.
Pre-Intermediate
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Adding Chinese to ABCs
In Mandarin immersion teacher Kennis Wong's kindergarten class, her young pupils are making paper masks glued to sticks that they twirl between their palms, showing a different face on each side... The children at Broadway Elementary in Los Angeles are learning to talk in English and Chinese, and some are becoming trilingual due to a Spanish-speaking parent. (Language learning, immersion classes, study, present simple and will for habits and routines.)
Upper-Intermediate
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-Prefix 1 - Negative Prefixes - Worksheet
A prefix is found at the beginning of a word and adds to the meaning of that word. Understanding the prefix can help to work out meaning. This worksheet looks at some negative prefixes to express "opposites".
Intermediate
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Russia's Saint and Savior?
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cultivates the image of a bare-chested macho man, but a nun-like sect in central Russia thinks actually he's the reincarnation of St. Paul, the apostle. (Famous people, Fact Or Opinion, Matching Information, Politcians)
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Computers Can Harm Kids
One in every 25 teens reported an "irresistible urge" to be on the Internet, tension when they weren't online, or said they had tried to quit or cut down on Internet time, according to a U.S. study. Teenagers who spend excessive amounts of time on the Internet are one and a half times more likely to develop depression than moderate web users. (Pros and cons of the Internet, teenagers, inventions, modal verbs, persuasive speeches.)
Intermediate
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Natural disasters: Tornadoes / Twisters
How to stay safe in a tornado? This activity encourages students to use their own general knowledge while interpreting a text, discussion and decision making.
Pre-Intermediate
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Knock, Knock ... Who's There?
Be careful when you are opening your door! This is what police in Turkey are telling people. Policewore doctors' white coats and stethoscopes. They knocked on people's doors and said they were doctors. (Home security, police, truth or lie game.)
Elementary
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Use it or Lose it
Experts say for those 65 and over staying active and fit can spell the difference between independence and frailty. "It's all about moving." said Neal Pire, an exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine. "The phrase 'use it or lose it' works here."(Aging, exercise and health.)
Upper-Intermediate
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China to Age Before it Gets Rich?
The harsh logic of China's one-child policy is starting to unravel... Demographers worry that without change, China will become the first country in the world to age before it gets rich. China's choke on family size to usually one child in cities and two in the countryside now threatens its economic future, with fewer people left to pay and care for an increasingly gray population. (Aging population, one child policy, China, family size, census results.)
Advanced
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"Crime" - A Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Words, definitions and exercises about crimes, criminals and the justice system.
Upper-Intermediate
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But, So & And - Elementary Anna Grammar Worksheet
A conjunction connects words or groups of words. Coordinating conjunctions connect two equal parts of a sentence. Try this Elementary Grammar Worksheet which looks at 3 of the most common coordinating conjunctions: and, but and so.
Elementary
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Lucky Pets
Americans may be trying to spend less money, but when it comes to their pets, they're spending more than ever. Between trips to the vet, specialty foods, treats and toys, pet insurance and even parties, Americans are happy to open up their wallets to keep Rex, Rover or even the house lizard healthy and happy. (Pets, costs, economy, benefits of having a pet.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Will You Marry Me?
Getting married? Take the quiz first. A British family law firm is urging couples to take a “compatibility quiz” before getting married or deciding to live together. This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to practice brainstorming, discussion and crafting questions.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Would Rather
We use "would rather" to describe our preferences, what we would like to do when offered a choice.
Upper-Intermediate
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I'd rather watch "X Factor"
When she was a little girl, Elsa Hardcastle loved to dress up as a princess and read stories about young women swept off their feet by a prince charming. Now, the 10-year-old would rather watch a blockbuster episode of reality TV talent show "X Factor" and meet one of its pop singer judges than see Kate Middleton become a real-life princess when she marries Britain's Prince William. (Royalty, fame, X Factor, would rather.)
Advanced
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Meeting & Greeting
In business, the first thing we do when we meet someone is shake hands. While it seems simple enough, this "first impression" greeting sends a powerful message about you and your respect for others. (Matching information, cases studies, word search, role play).
Intermediate
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Kiss me or I'll shoot!
A woman from Florida shot a gun at her neighbor when he didn't want to kiss her. The 92-year-old woman came to the man's house and asked him for a kiss. (Bizarre stories, crime, so and but, gun control, neighbors.)
Elementary
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Max Vocab AWL 5 – Faces affect kids' eating
Knowledge of academic vocabulary is vital for success at university and also in exams like IELTS, CAE and TOEIC. This vocabulary worksheet uses an article that states that if you want your kids to eat their broccoli, you might try smiling when you eat your own veggies.
Upper-Intermediate
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Disasters: Radiation poisoning
This activity encourages communication between students using speaking, listening and reading skills.
Intermediate
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Teacher's Critical Blog Private?
A high school English teacher who was suspended from her job after she blogged that her students were "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners," said that she did nothing wrong. "Some of the students, parents and administrators don't want to hear the truth," said the teacher 30, a teacher at a high school. (Free speech, teaching and students, adverb 'still'.)
Intermediate
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A Clamor for Education
Saudi teenager Abdulrahman Saeed lives in one of the richest countries in the world, but his prospects are poor, he blames his education, and it's not a situation that looks like changing soon. "There is not enough in our curriculum," says Saeed, 16, who goes to an all-male state school in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. "It is just theoretical teaching, and there is no practice or guidance to prepare us for the job market." (Education, Saudi Arabia.)
Advanced
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Sprucing Up The Down-at-heel
In Paris' upmarket St Germain district, hairdresser Lucia Iraci spends her days coiffing the city's glitterati, including actors, models and musicians. Yet once a month she opens her doors to a more downtrodden clientèle, offering free pampering and a dash of glamor to women from poor districts who are often long-term unemployed or victims of abuse and even slavery. (Hairdressing and beauty, amazing life stories, women's rights, helping others.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Strong Money
The Swiss snowy mountains, beautiful views and luxury hotels are expensive for tourists. But this year Switzerland is too expensive for many tourists. The Swiss franc is very strong and the euro, dollar and British pound are weak. (Vacations, Switzerland, currencies, adjectives.)
Elementary
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Help For Insomniacs To Get Their Zzzs
A few short visits and phone calls with a nurse may be enough to help insomniacs get their zzzs, suggests a new study of sleep-deprived older adults. (Insomnia (inability to sleep), health, sleep treatments.)
Intermediate
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Long Live The Book
India's booming publishing market is proof of the physical book's staying power, said participants at Asia's largest literary event, the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival. "You read something on Twitter and you know it is ephemeral," said Patrick French, a best-selling historian and biographer who has written extensively on Asia. "Yet the book is a solid thing. The book endures." (Future of books, printed books and e-books, reading habits of different nationalities, India.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Homegirls
It was Stephanie Lane's first day on the job as a waitress at Homegirl Cafe and the last thing she wanted to do was wait on the police. The restaurant, staffed by female gang members trying to leave their past behind, is part of Homeboy Industries... Quitting a life of drug dealing, fighting and stealing cars on the streets of South Los Angeles, where she followed her father and mother into the Crips gang, was not easy. (Gangs and rehabilitation, Homeboy Industries, making a movie, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocab AWL 4 – Wake Up Doc!
Knowledge of academic vocabulary is vital for success at university and also in exams like IELTS, CAE and TOEIC. In the article Sleep-deprived doctors told to drink coffee we look at words from the The Academic Word List (AWL).
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet: Subordinating Conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions join a dependent or subordinate clause to a main clause. This worksheet has explanations and exercises.
Intermediate
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Grand Slam Champ
With six Wimbledon trophies already packed on to his mantelpiece, Roger Federer would like nothing more than to win a singles gold medal on the hallowed turf when it hosts the Olympic tennis event in 2012. (ambitions, ordering questions, completing a table, vocabulary)
Advanced
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Famous Cities - New York
This warmer looks at New York and what activities you can do on a shoestring.
Intermediate
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Do You Like The Countryside?
A small German village needs a new doctor. The village is offering the doctor free bread, meat, flowers, haircuts and accommodation and a small Australian village needs new families. The village is offering families houses for rent for AUS$1 a week. (City versus the countryside, jobs, advertisements.)
Elementary
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Peach the Police Dog
Meet Japan's newest police dog -- all 3 kg (6.6 lb) of her. In what is a first for Japan and perhaps the world, a long-haired Chihuahua named "Momo" -- "Peach" -- passed exams to become a police dog in the western Japanese prefecture of Nara. (Dogs, police, guessing game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Suffixes 3 · Abstract Nouns
A suffix is found at the end of a word and can signal the word's 'class' or grammatical function. Knowing information about a suffix can help to work out the meaning of a word. This Vocabulary Worksheet looks at suffixes added to verbs and adjectives to make abstract nouns.
Intermediate
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Suffixes 2 - Adjectives - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
A suffix is found the end of the word. Sometimes the 'suffix' can tell you the word's 'class' or grammatical function. When you know what word class it is (i.e. noun, verb etc.), it can help you to work out the function or purpose of that word in a sentence. Knowing information about a suffix can also help you work out the meaning of a word.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Coordinating Conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions can join two clauses of equal importance, a phrase to a phrase and a word to a word. Coordinating conjunctions are and, but, so, for, or, nor and yet.
Intermediate
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Hot bodies
Using body heat from train commuters to warm buildings. (Energy, the future, word families, discussion, mixed questions, comprehension, will used to describe facts in the future, completing a diagram.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Hospital in a Box
Jon Weiner's hospitals are quite different from what you might be used to. There are no long admissions forms to fill in. And the service you get might remind you of a five-star hotel. The cost? No more than any other hospital. The catch? The hospitals are all overseas. (Health care, public health systems, travel, comprehension, true, false or not given, present continuous, pair crossword - health words, 'talking about health' game.)
Intermediate
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Permits Required
In the land where Jesus lived, Christians say their dwindling numbers are turning churches from places of worship into museums. And when Christian pilgrims come from all over the world to visit the places of Christ's birth, death and resurrection, they find them divided by a concrete wall. As a boy growing up in Jerusalem, Yacoub Dahdal saw Christians from all over the Middle East converge on the city at Easter time to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Advanced
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