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Intermediate

Hold the Pillow Mint
Hotel chains are delivering everything from yoga videos to recumbent bicycles to guests who prefer to work out their jet lag, or shape up for that business meeting, in the privacy of their rooms. "Probably fitness equipment is the biggest request we get from guests." (Hotels, fitness, conducting an interview, writing an email, scanning, present continous.)
Intermediate
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Famous People - Steve Jobs
This warmer looks at the former CEO and founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, who died on October 5 2011. It revises wh- and how questions.
Intermediate
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Abbreviations - AGW
This worksheet looks at abbreviations and their rules, use of periods and pronunciation. There are 2 exercises to do.
Intermediate
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Library Fines
The New York Public Library will waive the outstanding fines of up to 143,000 city children currently barred from borrowing new items on the condition they do one thing: read. Beginning on Monday, children enrolled in the library system's summer reading program will be able to knock $1 from their bill for every 15 minutes of reading they complete. (Libraries, debts, reading, describing a process, dialog and role play work.)
Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Paris
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Paris. Students will need to read for information then discuss, agree or disagree.
Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Auckland
This activity helps students learn about where to go and what to do in Auckland, New Zealand.
Skills: Discussing, agreeing and disagreeing, reading for information.
Intermediate
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Counting sheep?
Britons now prefer listening to lions roaring and monkeys calling to help them get to sleep, according to a new survey. Miss too much sleep and risk becoming mentally retarded. (How to get to sleep, research, health, brain, 'even if', 'even so' and 'even though')
Intermediate
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Mom Salary
Many U.S. mothers feel like single parents, whether they are married or not, and two out of three resent handling all the household chores even when they prefer their partners to stand aside, a new survey shows. (Mothers, jobs, occupations, stress, income, subordinate conjunctions, linkers)
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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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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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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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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Wacky Festivals
This warmer encourages students to think about different bizarre festivals.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Famous Cities - New York
This warmer looks at New York and what activities you can do on a shoestring.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Natural disasters: Hurricanes
This activity encourages communication between students focussing on the use of comparative and superlative adjectives.
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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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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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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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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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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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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