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Intermediate

That's a Cliche
Sport and clichés go together! Anna talks about whether clichés should be stamped out!
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"Already" and "Yet"
Could you tell me what the difference in meaning is between already and yet in a positive sentence or question?
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Inventions
This warmer produces lively discussion and gives students practice using the past passive.
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Truant Text Warning!
This is about how children at a Singapore school need to think twice about playing truant: The school has set up a mobile phone text message broadcast system which automatically alerts their parents!
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Prepositions: 'knock at' and 'knock on'
What is the difference between 'knock at' and 'knock on'?
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Odd One Out
This Warmer encourages discussion of the characteristics of different animals, and encourages spoken fluency, especially discussion and debate.
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Prepositions - 'die of' and 'die for'
Is there a way of knowing when the verb "die" is followed by "for" and when by "of"?
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Is Ecotourism Too Popular?
Ecotourism is taking its toll on wildlife and may be endangering the survival of the very animals people are flocking to see, according to researchers. (Ecotourism and its impact on wildlife, animal quiz, talking about animals, predicting, completing a table, check your understanding, true, false or not given, the present continuous, jigsaw reading, crossword.)
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British vs American - "Fall" and "Autumn"
A rose by any other name... Is 'Fall' as poetic as "Autumn'? A debate!!
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Colored Candy
This warmer adds some fun to the task of talking about yourself in front of your classmates.
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Vocabulary - "Though" and "Although"
Could you kindly help me: What's the difference between "though" and "although"?
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CEOs and Workers
Never having cleaned a bathroom in his life, a CEO was down on his knees, scrubbing with great effort but little interest, under the watchful eye of his supervisor. He was one of several CEOs to get down and dirty for a week's worth of labor in the new reality-based show "Now Who's Boss?". (Reality television, CEOs, entertainment, discussion, finding the main idea, reading for specific information, completing a table of information, matching information, like as a preposition and as a verb.)
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Pronouncing "i"
Any rules to pronounce the first "i" in the words "identity" and "ignition"?
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Move Over, Karaoke
Frustrated actors have a new outlet for their creative urges that until now was only available to their singing cousins -- Movieoke, Karaoke's cinematic sibling. (Movieoke, entertainment, skimming, comprehension, completing a flowchart, true, false or not given, guessing vocabulary using the context, a,an,the, checking a summary, matching game - famous lines from movies, survey.)
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Teaching the verb 'to be'
Help! I need some English grammar lessons to teach the verb 'to be'.
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Pattern Drills - Advanced
Would you please give me some suggestions as to how to teach advanced English grammar, especially how to guide students to do the exercises?
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Angry Head and Heart
Men prone to angry tantrums or sulky hostility are more likely to develop an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, U.S. researchers reported. (Anger, emotions, scanning, checking information, scanning, matching words and meaning, checking information, summarizing, information exchange activity, survey, likely and unlikely.)
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Conditional - 'were' and 'was'
Can you please tell me why we use 'were' instead of 'was' but just for the conditional tense?
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Vocabulary Crossword - Parts of the Body
This Warmer draws on previously learned vocabulary about body parts.
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Word Use - "like", "as" and "how"
Anna explains about the use of words "like", "as" and "how".
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Sentence Snakes - Intermediate - "Prepositions 1"
This warmer encourages students to think about word order, and gets them to move around and talk to each other.
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Negatives - "Too" "Also"
I learned in grammar books that in negative sentences it is not correct to use "too" or "also". Instead of these words you must take the word "either". Now I have come across negative sentences with "also" in several authentic English texts. Can you give me the exact rules?
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Not The Retiring Type
The oldest bank robber in the United States, a 92-year-old man, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing a Texas bank. He said he robbed his first bank when he was about 80 because he wanted revenge against banks for sending him into a financial crisis. (Bizarre stories, crime, banks, discussion, Find Your Other Half Vocabulary game, predicting, skimming, sequencing, question construction, phrasal verbs, read and draw.)
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Pronouns - 'You and I/me'
A question from New York: I have heard people say, "Tom and me" , but I was taught it should be "Tom and I". Which is correct?
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Vocabulary Crossword - Sports
This warmer is a fun way to get students to think about and remember vocabulary groups they have already learned.
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The Great Shrinking Wall
The Great Wall of China is shrinking as tourism and development take their toll on one of the world's most famous monuments. (Famous structures, the Great Wall of China, seven wonders of the world, matching information and pictures, completing a table, constructing questions, finding evidence, summarizing, listening for specific information, infinitive of purpose, discussion.)
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Against The Law!
The poor, oil-rich nation of Venezuela is considering decriminalizing the theft of food and medicine in cases where a thief is motivated by extreme hunger or need. (Justice, poverty, decriminalization, different crimes, ranking and discussion, understanding the main ideas, giving an opinion, scanning, modal verbs, prefixes - in-, de-, non-, crossword, Vocabulary Bingo Game.)
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Some "If" Clauses
"I need to explain why - "If it didn't rain, I would have played tennis" - is wrong." Updated with a P.S.!
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Dream Machine
The Japanese company that came up with the hit "BowLingual" device that translates dogs' barks into human words has now come up with a dream product -- literally. (New inventions, dreams, discussion, predicting, skimming, completing a table, finding evidence to support statements, adverbs of manner, Bingo, Completing A Picture Game.)
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"Do" and "Does... do"
Can you tell me a way to present all the various uses of the word "do"?
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"I like -ing" and "I like to"
Is there any truth in the distinction between 'I like to read' and 'I like reading'?
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Structure en "OF"
What's wrong with, "the dog of my mother"?
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These Music Lovers Are Turkeys
Britain's farming union has released a chill-out album of different sounds to help turkeys keep calm in the understandably stressful run-up to being eaten. (Farming, animals, meat, scanning, true or false, working out unfamiliar words, summarizing, Farm Animal Sounds Game, Completing a Picture game, zero conditional, discussion.)
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Vocabulary Crossword
Hi, I am an English teacher from Brazil. This activity is great for stimulating students to think about and remember the vocabulary they have already learned.
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Using "of" and "from" correctly
"I am a teacher from Austria, and many of my students (intermediate and above) have problems using "of" and "from" correctly - both of them are "von" in German."
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Structure Drills and Pattern Drills
Dear Anna, Please tell us more about the usefulness of Pattern Drills.
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Urban Oz Insects
Millions of giant moths swoop down on Australian cities each spring. Called bogongs, they like the big city lights, where they flutter into high-rise offices, drown in bowls of soup, pester bus drivers, even freeze to death in refrigerators. (Insects, pests, sorting words, finding the main idea, true or false, complete the table, meanings in context, verbs: active or passive voice, present simple or past simple tense, dialogue building, peer dictation, crossword.)
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Thank Yous and Oil
Dear Anna, there's been a little debate among a few colleagues about the correct verb form to use in the following sentence: "Thank yous and apologies are the oil that keep the world running smoothly."
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"Anything", "Hardly", etc.
"Even now, scarcely anything has been done about the problem."
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By - used to say how something is done.
In these two sentences: 1. He climbed the wall using a rope. 2. He broke into the house by breaking the window. Why do you have to add "by" in the second sentence but not in the first?
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'Must' Tag Questions
I'd like to know if it's possible to make tag questions with must.
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Smells
This warmer is a good lead-in to lessons about the five senses and also introduces scents unique to a particular place.
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'Compound Sentence' and 'Complex Sentence'
What is the difference between 'Compound Sentence' and 'Complex Sentence'?
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"Often" and "Offen"
Why do I say Offen and not Often?
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Night of a Thousand Dinners
At the Night of a Thousand Dinners people around the world share a meal to raise money for landmine clearance. This lesson looks at this event, some of the problems that landmines have caused in Afghanistan, and the dangers of landmines. (Landmine organizations, international issues, effect of landmine explosions on ordinary people, especially women, Afghanistan, reading and predicting, making sentences, jigsaw reading, comprehension, sharing information, check your understanding.)
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Two Uses of "to be" + infinitive
In your lesson about Working Elephants, there is a part in the reading that says: "they are to have", can you mix the verb to be with other verbs in the infinitive?
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"I aren't"
Is this expression, "I aren't," OK used in a short answers?
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Alphabetical Disorder
This warmer is a noisy way to review vocabulary and get students using a lot of English.
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Adjectives - '...ed' and '...ing'
Teaching the difference between adjectives ending in "ing" and adjectives ending in "ed". Includes pattern drills.
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Story Telling with Word Cards
This warmer is a clever way to get all students involved in group story telling.
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