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Intermediate

Prepositions: "to me" or "for me" for opinion?
When do we use the prepositional phrases "to me" and "for me" for statements of opinion? Is there any difference between the two?
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Lights Out!
U.S. supermarkets and restaurants had to throw away mountains of spoiled vegetables, meats and dairy products, while others were counting on backup generators to minimize losses from the largest power outage in North America's history. (Power failure and the effects of a blackout on supermarkets and restaurants, predicting from the headline, sequencing, comprehension, true, false or not given, word forms, peer dictation.)
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"to be" Used in the Wrong Way
I would like help to encourage my ESOL students NOT to use the verb 'to be' in front of the simple present or past. Are they getting it mixed up with the Passive?
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Everest Anniversary
As he marked the 50th anniversary of reaching the roof of the world, a now gray-haired and stooped Sir Edmund Hillary didn't care if he really was the first to the top of Mount Everest. (Everest, Mallory, Hillary and Norgay, mountain climbing, anniversary of historic climb, matching information, sequencing, scrambled questions, complete the sentences, comparing pictures, true, false or not given, crossword.)
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"Since"
"Anna, I need your help. I have to explain the proper use of the word "since". Could you help me on this?"
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Conversation Strips - Banking
This warmer nicely complements lessons having to do with everyday or survival English.
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Turtle Refuge
In New York, finding a nice apartment to live in is all about who you know. For turtles, that person is Richard Ogust. (Endangered species, turtles, wildlife organizations, scanning, true or false, crossword - environment words, where and which, information exchange - marine turtles, dialogue.)
Intermediate
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Modal Auxiliaries
Anna answers a question from Jordan about the perfect tense of modal auxiliaries.
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The Subjunctive in English
Anna answers a question about the question: 'Isn't it time we thought about eating?'
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Group Sentences 2
This warmer is good for mingling, and getting students talking and moving.
Intermediate
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Green Packaging
Wild Oats Markets Inc. became the first grocery store in the United States to roll out a new type of "green" packaging which looks like plastic but turns into compost after disposal. (Environmentally friendly packaging, comprehension, true or false, meanings from context, summarizing, information gap activity, language - making predictions.)
Intermediate
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Never Ending Weekend
This is a good Monday morning warmer to knock everyone from the slumber of the weekend.
Intermediate
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"Each" and "Every"
Anna explains the difference between the words 'each' and 'every'.
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Group Sentences 1
This warmer is good for mingling, and getting students talking and moving.
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"Did you have" Vs "Had you"
I have a lovely student who just can't seem to grasp the idea that we say, "did you have . . ." she always wants to say "had you . . ." and although she knows that her form is wrong she needs a better explanation than I can give her! Can you help?
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Uncountable Nouns
Anna answers a question from Brazil about uncountable nouns.
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No-Frills Cinema
The world's first no-frills cinema is opening in Britain promising tickets from just 20 pence -- but with no popcorn or blockbuster movies on show. (Cinemas and movies, quick survey, gap fill, choosing a headline, scanning, true or false, have to..., brainstorming, movie crossword, peer dictation.)
Intermediate
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"There's many" Vs "There are many"
Some people tend to say "There's many different kinds..." should it not be "There are many different kinds..."? Well, yes and no!
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Gemstones
This warmer is an interesting way to practice the first conditional (If + present simple..., will / won't...) by asking students to decide on something to buy.
Intermediate
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"I will" and "I'm going to"
Can you tell me good way to teach the difference between "I will..." and "I am going to..."?
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Country Countdown
This is a Warmer that revises vocabulary and creates lexical sets around 'countries'.
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A PETA Protest
The leader of a prominent animal rights group said she had drawn up a will directing that her flesh be barbecued and her skin used to make leather products in protest at people's ill-treatment of animals. (Animal rights, guessing the meanings of words in context, scanning, true or false, summarizing, discussion, dialogue build, reported speech.) Please Note: The material contained in today's article may be disturbing to some students.
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"Since" and "Because"
What is the difference between "since" and "because"? When do you use each of these and in what situations?
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The Genitive
Three weeks’ leave – but three years old – three months pregnant. Why?
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If I were... a dog?!
This is an entertaining way to practice the second conditional and takes little preparation.
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Today's News
Anna answers a question from Singapore: If possessives can be strung together, like: 'my son's friend's house is big', then why does 'my today's news is good' sound so wrong?
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Top Dog May Be Cheat?
The canine winner of the world's biggest dog show may be stripped of its title after being accused of having a secret facelift, the Times newspaper reported. (Dog shows, cosmetic surgery, dog breeding, facial expressions, understanding text organization, jumbled questions, active and passive, matching terms and definitions, sentences game.)
Intermediate
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Behind Schedule
What does "behind schedule" mean?
Intermediate
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
What are the differences between an idiom and a phrasal verb?
Intermediate
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Sharon's Game - Homophones
This warmer is a lively way to review homophones and get some exercise!
Intermediate
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Sharon's Game - Homonyms
This warmer is a fun way for students to show off their vocabulary knowledge and artistic skills.
Intermediate
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How To Spot The Hit
Picking the next worldwide hit song could soon be as easy as running a software program that is designed to spot the hits before they are released. (Hit songs, record companies, predicting using a headline, correcting mistakes, complete the information, writing questions, talking about music game, infinitive of purpose, role play.)
Intermediate
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By and Until
When to use "by" and when to use "until".
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Vocabulary Bingo
This warmer from Pascal brings excitement into vocabulary review and can be used for all levels.
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"Most Friendly"
There's an advertisement that uses the phrase "The Most Friendly Airline". What do you think about that?
Intermediate
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Survivor English
This warmer encourages spoken fluency and also looks at a useful grammar point that doesn't get a lot of attention in the text books.
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Hyperactivity
Some hyperactive children thought to be suffering from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder may just be overtired because they are bad sleepers or heavy snorers. (ADHD and sleep disorders, brainstorming, complete the sentence, matching sentence beginnings and endings, true or false, writing a headline, features of headlines, writing a news report, dictation, prefixes.)
Intermediate
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Angry!
Max tells us about words to do with anger!
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"as though" and "as if"
How can I explain the difference between "as though" and "as if"?
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Idioms - True and False - Sport
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
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Does 'the' in names have a capital 'T'?
In the sentence "I study at the University of Florida" is "the" with a capital letter as part of the name, or not?
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"Between" and "Among"
When can I use "between" and when can I use "among"?
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Using "Make" and "Do"
When do you use the verb "make" in a sentence and when do you use the verb "do"?
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T-Shirt Not So Peaceful
A lawyer was arrested and charged with trespassing at a public mall in the state of New York after refusing to take off a T-shirt advocating peace that he had just purchased at the mall. (Slogans on T-shirts, choose the best answer, complete the information, sequencing, true, false or not given, writing slogans, discussion, the prefix 'mis'.)
Intermediate
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Idioms - True and False - Heads and Hearts
This warmer about idioms encourages discussion and should also be a lot of fun!
Intermediate
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'Except' and 'Except for'
Anna answers a question about the difference between 'except' and 'except for'.
Intermediate
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For a Laugh
The usual swag of April Fool's Day pranks and jokes. Has the world gone mad? No. It was just another April Fool's Day, the international day of tomfoolery when pranks, hoaxes, and practical jokes remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. (April Fool's Day, tricks and hoaxes, listening for specific information, scanning, reading for meaning, information exchange.)
Intermediate
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Hear and Listen
Anna gives a suggestion for explaining the difference between hear and listen to eighth-graders.
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Simon Said...
This is a fun way to review reported speech for orders using the sentence structure told + object + to + infinitive.
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Using "unless otherwise"
Anna answers a question about how to use "unless otherwise" in sentences.
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