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Intermediate

Six questions from Vietnam
Anna answers questions about vocabulary, pronunciation, ever/never and the use of articles.
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Fly Away Peter, Fly Away Paul
Thirteen tiny endangered songbirds stopped a Cathay Pacific Airways jet after a flight attendant heard them in a passenger's hand luggage just before takeoff. (Smuggling, endangered species, travel, scanning, joining words.)
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What's your name?
A good warmer for the first day of a new term or for a class that doesn't know each other and are reluctant to interact.
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Confusables - older and eldest
Anna is asked to clarify the difference between elder/eldest and older/oldest.
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Picture this!
A cool little warmer where students introduce themselves by drawing pictures which represent aspects of their personality.
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Mother and Father Christmas
Under European Union sex equality rules, Father Christmas does not need a "Mother Christmas" partner. Also Santas with their own beards earn more money. (letter of complaint, job advertisement, the roles of men and women)
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Meet Prof Wolfie

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Prefixes
Mai Phuong from Vietnam asks Anna some tricky questions about prefixes.
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Spot-less!
It's red, smelly, grows in the sea -- and it could spell the end of hours of angst in front of the mirror for teenagers stricken by pimples or dandruff. (seaweed, synonyms, dictation.)
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What's New
This warmer from Canada is useful for practising the reading skills necessary for understanding news articles.
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Verbs - Intransitives and passives
Sharon from Taiwan wants to know if there is any grammatical rule that says we can't use intransitive verbs in a passive sentence. Anna replies ...
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Pronouns - I or I am?
Mei from Germany asks Anna about short answers and the use of pronouns.
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Confusables - Big or large?
This week Anna helps Katrin from Germany.
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Meet You At The Mall
Max tells us the history of the word "Mall" in "Shopping Mall".
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The Paranormal
Mobile phones are killing off ghosts, a British expert says. (Mobile phones, ghosts, the paranormal, writing a story, summarizing , using "would" and "used to".)
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Articles - an hotel?
This letter from Carl is in response to an earlier Anna Grammar page "A unique". Anna's reply looks at pronunciation and articles.
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Verbs of Perception
Leslie from Thailand has a student who wants a bit of help with these verbs. Anna to the rescue ....
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Verbs -ing forms and modals
Frank from Taiwan gives Anna some feedback and makes a couple of suggestions. The first is about Anna's reply to Kathleen from Japan in which she discusses the "Future Perfect". The second comment refers to Anna's series of exercises about modals.
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Would you mind?
Sharon from Tawian asked Anna if she wouldn't mind answering a confusing question. Here is Anna's reply ...
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Reviving a Lost Art
France's Sorbonne University has launched a degree course in professional letter writing because a generation addicted to brief e-mails and mobile phone text messaging has forgotten how to write letters. (Methods of communication, writing letters, history, use of 'as'.)
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Prepositions - to and for
Larama in Brazil says her students have a problem using these prepositions correctly and asked Anna to try and simplify things.
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Sharon's Game
An active and interesting way to review vocabulary, grammar or even general knowledge from previous lessons. Note: Pushing, stealing the other team's pen, and erasing the other team's answer is subject to penalty!
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Verbs + to
Anna offers Tricia from Australia some advice and exercises to help her Japanese students.
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Finders Keepers?
A 22-year-old who describes himself as poor but honest became a hero when he found and returned a plastic bag crammed with $203,000 that had fallen off the back of an armored car the night before. (Honesty, finding money, sequencing, the past perfect.)
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Confusables - Make and do
Anna helps Patricia and Laurie from the UK with the infamous confusables "make" and "do".
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Tennis Love
Tennis chiefs could be forced to take action soon as the top women players continue to bring dogs to tournaments. (Sport, pets, summarizing.)
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A Global Issue
"Landmines take or wreck three lives an hour, every hour, every day of every year. We have to come together now to try to stop that," Sir Paul McCartney said on launching Adopt-A-Minefield UK, a new charity raising funds for mine clearance and landmine survivors. (Landmine clearance, global problems, vegetarians, the passive.)
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Double Negatives
Julie from France asks why you can sometimes use two negatives in one sentence so Anna explains ...
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Disposable?
A Dutch city has started recycling the disposable diapers of its youngest citizens. (The environment, recycling, diapers, nappies, essay writing, writing a letter of complaint, verb plus the infinitive or the '-ing' form.)
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Passive and get
Alison in The U.K wrote and asked for tips on teaching the passive using 'get'. Anna suggests the following ...
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Who Wears the Trousers
Max tells us the history of the words used to describe different kinds of trousers.
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Criss-Crossed Lovers
A man missed his girlfriend so much he flew 11,000 miles back to Britain from Australia to propose to her, only to find she wasn't there. She had flown from Britain to Australia! They even sat in the same airport lounge in Singapore at the same time... and didn't see each other. (Love, coincidences, being impulsive, Non-defining clauses, use of "think about" and "think of".)
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Phrasal verbs
Laurie from the USA asks Anna about the English phenomenon called "Phrasal Verbs". Here is Anna's reply.
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And the Answer is ......
Galina from Russia says this is a great warmer to use when English-speaking people visit the classroom; that it makes students listen really hard.
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Just Grin and Bear it
The intersection of Grinn Drive and Barret Road has been declared the funniest intersection in the USA. (Idiomatic expressions, verbs that describe movements or body language, onomatopoeia, nursery rhymes, use of 'so' and 'because'.)
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Conversation-in-a-box
Here's a warmer for mixed-ability classes.
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A unique .....
A teacher from Singapore poses a unique question.
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Winning Millions
This lesson is about shy people who when they learned they had won millions of dollars in a lottery jackpot, walked away. I know what I would do! (Lottery, money, Canada, luck, present perfect)
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Town Warns Drivers: Get a Grip While on Phone
This lesson looks at how motorists using cellular phones must now keep both hands on the steering wheel. (Cell phones, driving laws, accidents, technology, to + infinitive to show purpose)
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Tough as Nails
A group of women in Hong Kong refused to evacuate a burning office tower until their nails were perfect! (Danger, fashion and beauty, fire, Hong Kong, verbs followed by to + infinitive)
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Tipping
This happy story is about a waitress who thought her dream of going back to school had come true thanks to a generous stranger's $10,000 tip. She may still get her wish even though her British benefactor may be a deadbeat. (luck, money, education, credit cards, punctuation)
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The Snail Game
A useful card game to review and recall verb forms.
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Tech Workers in the U.S. 
Demand for U.S. technical workers fell 44 percent in the past year. What's happening? Do the lesson and find out. (Employment, computer and technical jobs, relative pronouns)
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Smell That Stamp
It is hoped that high-tech ink scented with violets can draw young people back to letter writing, a pastime losing followers in the age of e-mail. Well, there is always hope. (Korea, technology, email, comparative adjectives)
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Slow Down
An anti-speeding device which uses space satellite signals and cuts the fuel supply to cars breaking speed limits could save thousands of lives on Britain's roads. (Car speeding, new technology, satellites, police, conditional sentences)
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See You In Court
A longtime fan, disgruntled with the play his favourite hockey team, has sued the club's owner for breach of contract. (Sport, law suits, suing, money, cause and effect)
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Sea 'Monster' Hijacks Boaters
Two Florida boaters met a real sea monster this week when their craft was dragged for hours by a powerful creature. Do this lesson to find out what it was. (Fishing, boats, the passive voice)
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Say Cheese
Americans love cheese, but their hearts don't love them for it. (Diet, health, the USA, gerunds)
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Running Man
Many people today want to be the best at something. Read through these recent news articles to get an idea of what sort of records people try to break. (world records, sauna, Everest, running around the world, muti-word adjectives)
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Pocket Monsters
British teachers have accused the makers of Pokemon "fantasy monster" cards of fueling an obsession among children which has turned to violence. What do you think? (Pokemon cards, marketing, Britain, Puerto Rico, children, obsessions, trends, verb tense review: Present Simple/Simple Past/Present Perfect or Future)
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