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Intermediate

Playground Safety
When it comes to safety, sand appears to be a better playground surface than grass--even though you may be left cleaning it out of every crack and crevice of your youngster for days after a trip to the playground. (safety, children, swings, injuries, 'during' or 'while')
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Plant and Animals
The African honeyguide is a bird that aid hunters in rare, sweet partnership. Plants, like humans, also talk to each other and warn of impending danger. (plants, research, animal communication, body language, 'by + verb + ing' when we want to express how something is done, homophones)
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Nunavut: A New Territory
In the first redrawing of Canada's maps in 50 years, a vast new Arctic territory has been created. (Geography, Canada, local autonomy, dependent clauses)
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Noisy Neighbors
Apartment dwellers have a new weapon to use on noisy neighbors: a CD of 64 minutes of lawnmower noise! (Cities, revenge, weapons, noise, neighbours, phrasal verbs)
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Mothers In Law
According to a Canadian survey, mothers-in-law are not the hated, interfering monsters the stand-up comics would have us believe. (Families, relatives, Canada, survey, compound nouns)
Intermediate
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Dog Boy
A 10-year-old boy who had been abandoned by his parents survived for two years in a cave with a pack of stray dogs who scavenged for food with him and may even have suckled him. (Living in remote places, child being cared for and fed by dogs, vocabulary.)
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To have or not to have
Leo from Belgium asks about making questions using the verb "to have".
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Lawyer Has No Luck At All
If there were a prize for the world's unluckiest man, British solicitor Edward Bentley would surely be in the running. (Gambling, bad luck, crime, regrets about the past, "I wish")
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Keeping a City Clean
This is about, well, animal droppings. Did you know dog poop, when scooped, costs 10 francs a kilo in Paris? If that is your cup of tea, then do this lesson!(Cities, pets, Paris, to + infinitive, purpose)
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Justice Systems
Aromatherapy? Soft lights? Soothing string music? It sounds like a new age seance, but it's the new way of doling out justice, Brazilian-style. (Judges, courts, legal systems, punishment, phrasal verbs, smell/sound/feel/ + like, metaphors.)
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"Ice Hotel"
Canada's first Ice Hotel made of ice and snow... Are the rooms heated?? (Hotels, tourism, Canada, reported speech.)
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High Flyer
This is about a 300-pound (135 kg) pig that flew first-class across the United States. (Air travel with animals, pigs, rules and laws, 'ever' and 'never')
Intermediate
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Helping The Government
This lesson is about a British retiree who mailed a check for 75 pence ($1.09) to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in disgust at the very small 75 pence weekly rise in the state pension, and was surprised to find it had been cashed. (Retirement, money, governments, the UK, clauses using 'that')
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Happiness is...
People believe you are happiest when you are younger although studies show this isn't the case and marriage brings as much happiness as an additional $100,000 in income. (Happiness, age, marriage and money, USA, Britain, income, adjectives, comparative and superlative adjectives.)
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Europe's Worst Linguists
This is about, well, Europe's worst linguists, and Europe's best. Who do you think they are? (languages, Europe, English, prepositions)
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Something to whine about
DNA coding technology is being used by Australian wine producers to fight the growing theft and forgery of expensive premium wine brands. (Wine collecting, law, the second conditional, homophones.)
Intermediate
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Float Like a Butterfly...
Is 'butterfly', that symbol of lightness and delicacy, an example of a reversal? Once upon a time, was the word in fact 'flutter-by'. Find out what Max has to say!
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Nuts
Ever wanted to find out more about 'nuts' and 'nut cases'? Max presents us with the perfect opportunity.
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Skip-Skipper-Skipping
These three words look and sound as if they are related to each other, but you may be surprised to know that they came into English from three different languages, and have no connection at all. They are, in fact, a good example of how English borrows words from other languages.
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Chocolate
The name seems to fit the commodity - the word "chocolate" sounds firm, brittle, with the "crack" of breaking chocolate before melting into the "l" sound. Mmmmm. Ever wanted to know where chocolate comes from, what it contains or about words connected with chocolate? Mr. M. Vocab. can help.
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worry
'A Grammar Teacher' asked if Anna could do a lesson on "Concerned/Worried" so here it is!
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What's Your Opinion?
This warmer uses statements focusing on an issue that students will be discussing in class or have been focusing on over the last few days.
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Talking about emotions
To give students practice in talking about emotions using adjectives.
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Make a Choice
This is a warmer to encourage fluency, give practice in expressing opinions, and introduce students to a new topic.
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Looking after a Business Visitor
A warmer that introduces cultural awareness and uses role plays.
Intermediate
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It-Was-The-Way-You-Said-It
A fun dictation exercise that can be used in the last few minutes of class, when you do not have time to start anything new, or as a change-of-pace activity. You can make it as long or short as you like.
Intermediate
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Hot Air Balloon
To encourage spoken fluency using persuasive speech, the students have to decide which famous person will jump!
Intermediate
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Extended Conversation Building
This is a warmer which encourages fluency in English conversation. It also gives students practice in producing longer responses.
Intermediate
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Email Memory Game
You can use this game to review a wide variety of vocabulary sets. The vocabulary in this warmer can be used in conjunction with the instant lessons: "No" to email, Worker Privacy and Tech workers in the U.S.
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Discussion Wheel
A warmer to practice agreeing and disagreeing.
Intermediate
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Brainstorming Debate
An activity to encourage students to debate current issues and to provide them with the steps to achieve this.
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Behind Your Back
The students always have one or two interesting tales to tell and this activity invariably helps students to learn things about each other which in turn leads to further interesting discussion.
Intermediate
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April Fool's Trick
This warmer can only be used 1 April, April Fool's Day. It is a tradition on April Fool's Day to trick a friend(s). This warmer is a good way to introduce the tradition of April Fool's Day.
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Anagrams
A warmer designed to improve spelling and vocabulary by creating new words from a single vocabulary item.
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A Love/Hate Relationship
A warmer to practise using the gerund form of verbs to talk about things you love and hate.
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A body of ....
A warmer that looks at the word 'body' and its many different uses.
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Downsized
Downsizing may be just the thing to boost company profits but the streamlining exercise makes employees sick. (Business, downsizing, employee health problems, the verb 'to be', present tense)
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Changing Times
As if becoming the first female governor in Japan weren't enough, Osaka leader Fusae Ota is taking on yet another bastion of male privilege: the sumo ring. (Sumo wrestling, women's rights, Japan, sport, prepositions)
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Future_perfect
Kathleen in Japan asks for some advice on reinforcing the future perfect.
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What did I do on my holiday?
Here is a warmer that works well after a holiday break or weekend.
Intermediate
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Comparison Line
This warmer can be used after students have been taught comparative/superlative structures. It can also be used as an icebreaker warmer for higher level classes.
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Modals5 - 'may' & 'might'
This is the last part of Anna's reply to Martine. Anna looks at modal verbs and provides some exercises.
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Canadian Pioneers
Two Canadian couples will be left on an isolated farmstead on the Prairies where they will spend a year living as the region's pioneers did 130 years ago. Why? For 68,000 reasons. Find out what happened. (TV shows, living in the past, Canada, history, conjunctions)
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A Standard Christmas
Now you have to be the right shape to be Santa and even a tree!!!(Santa, Christmas trees, jobs, agreements, singular and plural nouns)
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All About Eating Bread
This is about how much bread is eaten in Europe. The average German ate 84.8 kilos of bread in 1999, keeping the country firmly at the top of the European Union consumption chart. Who do you think came last? (Question forms, Diet, Europe, statistics and graphs, food)
Intermediate
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Gladiator!
Archaeologists in London have unearthed the remains of a female Roman-era gladiator. A good lesson to tie in with the movie called Gladiator. (movies, homophones, history, sports, quotation/speech marks)
Intermediate
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Dialoging Creatively
This is a very entertaining activity for students learning or reviewing adverbs.
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Coffins
A firm of undertakers in Ireland is hiring out hardwood coffins to meet growing demands to cut funeral costs and spare precious timber. (Funerals, death, belief, obituaries, the use of "since".) Please Note: This lesson looks at funeral practices and rites. Please think about your students' cultural backgrounds before choosing this lesson. The lesson also raises questions about death and what happens to people after they die.
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Modals4 - 'must' in the past
This is the fourth part of Anna's five part reply giving help with modals. This week she looks at modality in the past.
Intermediate
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Down on the Farmer
A recent study in Britain found that children had negative stereotypical images of what a farmer looked like... certainly not like the "suited and cleanly shaven" reality of the modern farmer. (farmers, city children, stereotypes, adjectives, quantifiers)
Intermediate
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