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Pre-Intermediate

Coin Grab
A fun, communicative warmer that will keep you laughing.
Pre-Intermediate
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Four corners
This warmer is a good way of getting students moving and communicating with each other.
Pre-Intermediate
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In Love With My Car
A survey of drivers in the U.S. found that 63 percent actually talked to their cars, 43 percent said they considered their cars to be "part of the family," and 12 percent said they valued their cars more than anything else in their lives, including their children or their home. (Cars, automobiles, possessions, surveys, comparative language using 'more than' and 'less / fewer than'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Silly Starters
This is a good warmer to use on the very first day of a new class to help students remember each other's names.
Pre-Intermediate
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Are you a giraffe?
This lively warmer is a nice complement to the many Instant Lessons with an animal topic. It ties in very nicely with the lesson "Shelter Pup Finds Career".
Pre-Intermediate
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Thief Trapped in Elevator
A thief who wanted to break into an apartment in the southern Swedish city of Malmo was rescued by police after spending 11 hours trapped in an elevator. (Crime, guessing by context, using 'because/and/however/so', using 'a/an/the'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Would You Like to See My Family?
This is a fun activity for lower level students to practise asking for things.
Pre-Intermediate
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Super Milkman!
British milkman Steve Leech, who saved a row of shops and flats by dousing a fire with 320 pints of milk, has been named "Hero Milkman of the Millennium" by the National Dairymen's Association. (Fire safety, bravery, guessing vocabulary by context, nationality words, surveys.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Have you ever seen so many photos?
An entertaining warmer to practise making questions and getting information from a classmate using the present perfect.
Pre-Intermediate
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The Drinks are on Me
A businessman offered to pay for everybody's drinks at a British nightclub, and ended up with a bill for more than 42,000 pounds ($59,000). (Alcohol rules and laws, drinking alcohol, spending a lot of money on others, non-defining relative clauses.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Amnesia
This warmer is a good way of practising questions and Eliana from Brazil says her students have a lot of fun with it.
Pre-Intermediate
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Warning: Money
Do you think that having lots of money can make you become a nicer person? See what Americans think! Can it make you happy? A British survey seems to think so! (Money, surveys, wealth, modal verbs 'can' & 'can't')
Pre-Intermediate
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We Do!
Policemen in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh played fathers of the bride when an orphan they raised at their police station got married. (Police, weddings, public safety and rescue workers, different forms of the word "marry".)
Pre-Intermediate
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Hello
A tactile warmer to practice vocabulary for greetings.
Pre-Intermediate
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Where did you go on the weekend?
This great warmer is a good variation on the usual Monday morning questions and answers.
Pre-Intermediate
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Family Shield
A warmer to introduce yourself to others.  This mini-lesson encourages spoken fluency through students describing themselves and their families. It could also tie in very well with these instant lessons: "What's in a Name?" a pre-Intermediate lesson about a German court deciding whether the name a couple have chosen for their new baby is suitable for a girl and "What's your surname?" a lesson that looks at why people change their surnames.
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Pass the Pit Bull, Please
A Californian man who used to have two pets -- a pit bull terrier and a Burmese python -- now has only one -- a 200-pound python with a pit bull-sized bulge. (Pets, animals, dangerous pets, must + infinitive of verb, must have + past participle of verb.)
Pre-Intermediate
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A costly drink
Austrian police arrested a man who robbed a branch of a savings bank where he was known as a customer. (Crime, headlines, guessing from context, the passive voice.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Life imitating art?
It was like life imitating art when a woman, who collapsed at a screening of "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,'' was rescued by the movie's star, Matthew McConaughey. (Movies, movie stars, 20 questions, ordering, grammar dictation, use of "who".)
Pre-Intermediate
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Who Am I?
This is a nice variation on the ever popular 20 Questions game.
Pre-Intermediate
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Getting to Know Your Profile
This is a good activity for the first day of a new session or can be developed for other topics, questions, or brainstorming activities.
Pre-Intermediate
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What's in a Name?
Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said. (Names, famous people, retelling and comparing, word order.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Pizza Anyone?
This appetizing warmer is a good way for students to practice asking and answering questions about likes and dislikes and to practice negotiation language. By the end of the exercise, students should also have formed new groups for the other activities you have planned for the day.
Pre-Intermediate
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Bad Parking
A bad choice of car park led to the capture of an escaped Texas capital murderer for the second time in his criminal career. (Criminals, escapes, chain stories, sequencing, suffixes.)
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A Helping Hand
A blind Colombian man accompanied by his faithful dog was led to safety by his female boss down 70 flights of a narrow staircase of a tower of the World Trade Center after it was hit by a hijacked plane. (Helping someone, seeing eye dogs, Sequencing, prepositions of place.)
Pre-Intermediate
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I'm Going To Take a Vacation
This variation on an old party game is a good warmer for the beginning of a new session when the teacher and students do not know each other's names yet.
Pre-Intermediate
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Lord of the Ring
Two stories of amazing finds: A man searched and found his wedding ring more than a year after it slipped off his finger and sank to the sea floor and another ring was eaten by a fish that was eaten by a fish that was eaten by a shark. And then what happened? ... Do the lesson and find out. (Losing and finding things, love stories, first conditional and if and when, relative pronouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Cartoon creations
Using a cartoon on a popular topic, students learn to work out missing text by looking at other contextual clues.
Pre-Intermediate
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Purple Ketchup in Bid for Kids
Ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. is making purple ketchup to appeal to children. (Business, colors, the passive.)
Pre-Intermediate
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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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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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A bungling armed raider
A bungling armed raider was caught trying to hold up a French post office after he tried to withdraw money from his own account. (Money, crime, past perfect, phrasal verbs.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Winning Justice
This lesson is a follow-on from our previous lesson "Under Attack" and looks at how a Swedish court set a precedent on Friday by awarding damages to a student who was mercilessly bullied for being an "outsider". (Bullying, schools, court case, Sweden, parallelism or ellipsis.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Have you ever ...?
This warmer uses a wordnet to practise the present perfect.
Pre-Intermediate
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The Shape of Things to Come
An activity that uses shapes and prepositions of place to describe a picture. Students use imperatives to give instructions.
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Writing Exams
Students do pretty well on multiple-choice tests in math and science, just don't expect them to be able to write home about it. Also, if they do fail, expect a law suit. (Education, styles of exams, writing, the USA, 'pretty' as an adverb)
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Will You Marry Me?
A man in London hid a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that his sweetheart, Leanne, (26) would pop the balloon as he popped the question. But then the balloon blew away...(Romantic marriage proposals, predicting, comprehension, past simple tense: regular and irregular verbs, past simple and past continuous).
Pre-Intermediate
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Unlucky Robbers
More stories of very stupid criminals!!! A jigsaw lesson on stupidity. (Crime, robbers, thieves, the USA, Brazil, Germany, 'past perfect')
Pre-Intermediate
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True or False?
Do penguins topple over when they peer into the sky watching planes and helicopters fly over? That was the question asked in the Instant Lesson 'Navy Helicopters and Birds', where we looked at plans scientists had to find an answer to this important question. Now we have their answer! It's in our lesson called "True or False?". (Animals, experiments, helicopters, transport, referencing, pronouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Travel Sickness Cure
If you get travel sickness, don't worry. Help is at hand. Ginger is effective in reducing nausea due to motion sickness. (ginger, new cures, herbs, Chinese remedy, prepositions + -ing, gerunds)
Pre-Intermediate
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Traffic Vouchers
In order to reduce rush-hour traffic jams, a market to trade traffic vouchers which give each citizen a certain amount of travel, may be set up in Belgium. (Traffic jams, laws, trading, 'Want to', 'hope to' and 'would like/love to')
Pre-Intermediate
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Thinking of You!
London police are sending criminals birthday cards with a picture of their local police station. Do this lesson to discover why. (Police, crime, birthday cards, 'present continuous')
Pre-Intermediate
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Return to Sender
Forty-four years after it was thrown from a ship into the Indian Ocean, a bottle with a message has turned up in New Zealand, the new home of the author. (Strange stories, message in a bottle, coincidences, transport, phrasal verbs)
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Prize 4 Txt Mssg Poetry
Mobile phone text messages are to move from quick communication to art in a British newspaper's poetry contest with a 1,000 pound ($1,440) prize! (Mobile phones, text messages, communication, poetry, 'will'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Old Advice
Natural, simple foods, lots of greens, fish fresh from the sea and lots of plain water are the secrets to living a long life according to the two people in this lesson. A woman in Ireland who is 105 years old, and the oldest person (107) ever sworn in as a U.S. citizen. (health, old age, 'future perfect', 'after + ing')
Pre-Intermediate
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Navy Helicopters and Birds
Do penguins fall over backwards when watching aircraft fly overhead? Two British scientists are traveling to the south Atlantic to find the answer! This lesson is about their plans. (Penguins, experiments, helicopters, abbreviations)
Pre-Intermediate
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Lucky To Be Alive
A 15-year-old New Zealand boy survived with minor injuries after falling 16-stories from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor and a policeman saved the life of a baby boy by breaking the toddler's fall from the third floor of an apartment building. Amazing stories of surviving falls from great heights. (Lucky escapes, telling/writing stories, survival, Past Simple and Past Continuous)
Pre-Intermediate
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Judging Beauty
A blind Canadian man who helped judge two beauty pageants on Sunday said he was able to see the contestants' true beauty. One must ask why. (Beauty contests, blindness, voice, 'have' or 'be' with descriptions)
Pre-Intermediate
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What were you doing at 6 o'clock?
This activity could be done on a Monday morning to revise form and use of the Past Continuous Tense.
Pre-Intermediate
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What do I do ?
This is a useful warmer for revising vocabulary around jobs and occupations.
Pre-Intermediate
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