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Intermediate

Important Events in My Life
By discussing drawings of five important events in their lives, students can learn about each other on the first day of class.
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Alive or Dead?
An Austrian woman has had to convince her electricity supplier that she is alive after the company wrote to her asking for information about her contract following her "passing away." (Clerical errors and bureaucracy, reading for overall understanding, reading for details, sequencing, adding extra information to sentences, crossword.)
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Modals - Have to & Must
Jenny, a teacher in Japan, has written to ask Anna to explain the difference between have to and must.
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Nouns - plurals and irregulars
Ever wondered what fish and sheep have in common? Look at Anna's reply to Midori from Japan and find out.
Intermediate
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Chef's Helpers
Max takes a look at words for cooking utensils - words like 'pfanna', 'spatha' and 'hlaedel'!
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Batter Up!
Baseball managers should forget the traditional batting lineup and put the strongest hitter up second, instead of fourth, to improve the team's performance. (Baseball, baseball trivia and slang, comprehension, true or false, guessing idioms by context, third conditional, word find puzzle, discussion.)
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I Want To Be Alone
More than 200 years after they went out of fashion in Britain, professional hermits are back in the job market. (Hermits, the advantages and disadvantages of living alone, predicting from the headline, comprehension, true, false or not given, discussion, present perfect and simple past tenses.)
Intermediate
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List and Listen
This warmer is a fun and competitive way to review vocabulary. It also encourages students to think 'outside the box.'
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Nouns - countable
Jean from Germany emailed Anna about categorizing countable and uncountable nouns.
Intermediate
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No More Recorders!
The humble recorder, played by generations of schoolchildren, has received an unwelcome blow when researchers revealed the average child hates it. (The recorder and other musical instruments, musical preferences, finding the main idea, synonyms, writing questions, expository essays, role play--making excuses, finding grammatical mistakes.)
Intermediate
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Category Contest
This is a fun and competitive way to review vocabulary. In teams, students recall words for specific categories.
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Putting the Pieces Together
This activity is a visually friendly way to review grammar structures and sentence ordering.
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Adverbials - Too and Also
Jenny asks Anna about the difference between too and also.
Intermediate
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Young Whale Looks For Family
A young female killer whale rescued near Seattle swam to freedom on Sunday to join her relatives in what scientists hope will be a permanent and groundbreaking reunion. (Killer whales, animals in captivity, scanning, zoos or aquariums, true, false or not given, summarizing, 'if + present simple, will + infinitive', listening gap fill.)
Intermediate
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The Cost of Tying the Knot
New York is the most expensive city in the United States to get married and many couples will spend about $27,000 to tie the knot and that doesn't include the cost of the honeymoon. (Cost of a wedding, planning a wedding, finding the main idea, summarizing, find someone who..., persuasive essays.)
Intermediate
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Buskers Permitted Here
In the past, street performer Yasunori Koyama would be sent packing by police patrolling the streets and parks of Tokyo even as he performs his impressive juggling act to a visibly delighted crowd, but times have changed. (Street performers, city councils, predicting, true, false and not given, summarizing, relative pronouns (who, which, that), discussion.)
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Adverbs - intensifiers
Wahab from Algiers asks Anna what an intensifying function is.
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When I was a child....
This getting-to-know-you activity is great for practice talking about the past using used to.
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Spanish-to-go
Now we've become Spanish-to-go!!! Anna answers a question from an artist in Argentina.
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Complimentary Collocations
This simple warmer is not only a good way to practice collocations but it also helps create a friendly atmosphere in the classroom.
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Adverbs - recently
Jenny asks Anna about which tenses recently can be used with.
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Questions - Did you not?
Sergiy from the Ukraine sent Anna a lovely letter asking about Did you not ..?, Didn't you ..? and the use of articles.
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Around The World In A Balloon
U.S. balloonist Steve Fossett ended his record-breaking solo round-the-world flight being dragged like a rag-doll through the dusty Australian outback. (World records, ballooning, ranking dangerous activities, comprehension, cloze listening, the structure 'by + -ing', planning a trip around the world.)
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Prepositions of time - at or on
Bia from Brazil asks about the difference between 'at Christmas' and 'on Christmas'.
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Fabric
Max takes us through words to do with fabric.
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Housework Bad For Health?
It's exhausting, time consuming and although it counts as physical activity, housework does not improve health or help to shed those excess pounds, British researchers say. (Housework versus exercise, true, false or not given, the suffix -ologist, discussion.)
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Passive - Have something done
Luke from China asks about having things done!
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Vocabulary - Puddles and Pockets
Florencia from Argentina asks Anna about puddles and pockets.
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Sports Equipment
This fun warmer aims to review sports vocabulary and encourage spoken fluency.
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School Bullies Targeted
The largest U.S. doctors group has taken a stand against school bullies, urging a far-flung effort to change attitudes and asking colleagues to talk to younger patients who may be suffering in silence. (Bullying, predicting, scanning, true, false or not given, 'weak' and 'strong' adjectives.)
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Grammar Poker
This is a fun and different way to review grammar points.
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Adjectives - comparatives and spelling
Mark from Japan asks about teaching students the difference between short and long vowels so they can remember how to spell comparative forms.
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Verbs - past continuous and past simple
Nadir asks about using the past continuous and a past simple in the same sentence.
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Home Sweet Home
Max takes a look at words to do with houses and homes.
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Giraffe Gets New Leg
A young giraffe in Japan has gained a new lease on life thanks to his devoted keepers and an artificial leg. (Giraffes, artificial limbs, guessing words by context, sequencing, hyphens, the prefix 'fore'.)
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Gerunds and infinitives
Luke asks Anna about some of the paradoxical uses of infinitives and gerunds.
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Nouns as adjectives?
Denise from Brazil passes on a student's questions about the order of adjectives and the use of "of".
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Irukandji Sting
A US tourist has become the second foreign visitor to Australia to die after being stung by an irukandji, a tiny, translucent jellyfish for which there is no known antivenene. (Finding the main idea; true, false or not given; after +-ing; the prefix 'anti'.)
Intermediate
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Comparatives - the more you ....
Wanda from Germany asks about the construction the more you work, the more you tire.
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Concerns for Child Asthma Sufferers
Laughter is not always the best medicine -- at least not for children with asthma. (Causes of asthma, comprehension, summarizing, listening dictation, fractions, adverbs showing certainty.)
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All together or altogether?
Gail from South Africa asks Anna to clear up the difference for her.
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Compound Nouns
Huynh Quoc Dai from Vietnam has asked Anna "an interesting but difficult question ... about these maverick and arbitrary structures."
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Punctuation - apostrophes and surnames
Gena has asked Anna about adding an apostrophe to a last name that ends with s or z.
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Global Aging
More than half of babies born in rich nations today will live to be 100 years old if current life expectancy trends continue. Increasing numbers of very old people could bring major challenges for health and social systems, but the research showed that may be [lessened] by people not only living longer, but also staying healthier in their later years. (Life expectancy, aging, understanding statistical information.)
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World Cup 'Sickness'
Warning! Soccer could be dangerous to your health. This lesson looks at heart attacks induced by watching critical match points, a website offering fans a way of missing work and a survey showing what fans are willing to give up in order to have their teams win the Soccer World Cup.) (Soccer, fans and health, Football World Cup, taking 'sick' days, making excuses, dictionary skills, multi-word verbs.)
Intermediate
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Verbs - Transitives
Chistina in Spain has sent Anna a lovely letter which looks at the "most enjoyable things about grammar".
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School
Max takes us on a journey through the history of words associated with places of learning.
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Noisy Yoga
A trendy London yoga institute known as a haven of peace and relaxation has come under attack from local residents -- for being too noisy. (Yoga, neighbors, summarizing, word forms, letter of complaint.)
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Chain of Command
This warmer could be done as a review activity after students have learned about reported speech.
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Currency symbols
Arnaud asks Anna about the placement of currency symbols, so Anna consulted a style expert for this reply.
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