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Upper-Intermediate

Skunks and yogurt
Skunks jam their heads in to these containers as they are looking for yogurt and then get trapped and die but will the company responsible help?(Environment, packaging, animals, advertising, '-ing' forms)
Upper-Intermediate
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Private Lives
Does what people do away from work not influence how they perform or behave at work? Find out what the answer to this question has been in these two articles. (Religious freedom, teachers', parents' rights, sport, reported or indirect speech)
Upper-Intermediate
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Brow Beating
British men are becoming increasingly interested in having their eyebrows professionally groomed, according to Debenhams department store which plans to hold men-only "guybrow" nights. Men, it said, now make up 40 percent of the visitors to its brow bars, double the proportion of a year ago. (Personal appearance, image, fashion, quantifiers: some and any)
Upper-Intermediate
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Mixed Messages from Role Models.
Famous athletes are among the most important role models in the lives of American children, but the youngsters themselves recognize that their heroes' behavior is not always good.(Famous sports stars, teenagers, the USA, Synonyms, verbs to give instructions)
Upper-Intermediate
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Mice Out For Dinner
Wanted: Pied Piper in Paris! Mice are on the loose. (pests, restaurants, Paris, '-ed and -ing' adjectives)
Upper-Intermediate
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Another World Record
This is about the largest ozone hole ever observed opening up over Antarctica... When? Now. Do the lesson and stay out of the sun! (ozone layer, greenhouse gases, the future, global warming, pollution, prefixes)
Upper-Intermediate
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Hospital Or Home
A lot of assumptions have been made about what older people's preferences are for health care, and according to this lesson, these may be wrong(Old age, health care, death, illness, 'prefer', 'would prefer' and 'preference')
Upper-Intermediate
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Heart Disease Factor
Interrupting others in the middle of a sentence and being interrupted, not only are they irritating but they may also be dangerous. (Health, irritable people, heart disease, word order, prepositions)
Upper-Intermediate
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Happy Travels
Taking the train in Japan and want to avoid annoying fellow passengers? Keep conversation to a whisper, turn down your iPod and put your phone on vibration mode, a recent survey showed. For Japanese commuters, noise is the biggest issue. A British train passenger got a surprise when he wrote to a railway company expressing appreciation for a good journey - it sent him two letters of apology. (Travel, manners, apologizing, direct and reported speech, article revision)
Upper-Intermediate
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Idioms
The aim of this warmer is for students to guess the meaning of an idiom from the surrounding context.
Upper-Intermediate
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A Child's View
Movie star Jamie Lee Curtis believes children will be a focus in her life when she quits acting and everyone should see the world from a small child's point of view. (Fame, doing worthwhile things, sentences, making notes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Answering Questions
A warmer to encourage fluency and uses language to talk about hypothetical situations.
Upper-Intermediate
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Business Class
Portland, Oregon scored top marks as the favorite U.S. airport for business travelers, while Singapore was the number one destination for international travel, according to a new survey. "This is a poll of our readers, who leave no corner of the globe untraveled in the name of work,". (Business travel, airports, matching and listening game, functional language - booking an air ticket, requesting, apologizing, socializing, facts and figures.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Bird Danger
Damage by birds and other wildlife striking aircraft annually amounts to well over $600 million for U.S. civil and military aviation and over 219 people have been killed worldwide as a result of wildlife strikes since 1988. The newest employee at Southwest Florida International Airport works like a dog and his job is literally for the birds.(Solutions to bird strikes at airports, understanding pie graphs, dogs, alligators, verb forms, subject + verb)
Upper-Intermediate
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Soul Man
Single Americans in their 20s want to marry someone who shares their innermost thoughts and feelings, rather than someone rich or of the same religion. (Love, marriage, essay writing, relative clauses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Environmentally Friendly
Are you being confused and misled by the hodge-podge of environmental claims made by household products. You are not alone and help is at hand. Read on. (Product labels, clean green, consumer issues, active and passive verbs)
Upper-Intermediate
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Armstrong Unveils Century's Top Ten
This is about the top engineering achievements of the 20th century. What was number one? We can't spoil the surprise, but we can tell you that the Internet was number 13. This lesson also has some remarkable quotations from a magazine published in 1890, giving comments on what would go on to become the number one engineering achievement of the 20th century. This is a lesson that spans three centuries! (Top engineering achievements of the 20th century, Prefixes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Antibacterial?
"Right now, the antibacterial obsession of the public is providing us with products that kill off beneficial microorganisms - but leave some deadly bacteria in their wake." (Health, business, allergies, the passive.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Deadly Blood Clots
Doctors from Australia and New Zealand have dismissed the concept of "economy class syndrome", but called for a major study to determine whether there is any link between air travel and blood clots.(Health, air travel, medical research, 'verb + that')
Upper-Intermediate
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A Wild Race
This is about the Eco-Challenge, billed as the world's toughest expedition race. Forget the Olympics... this is a REAL challenge! (Extreme sports, tough races, sport in wilderness areas, phrasal verbs.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Lost Pet
Residents were warned to tread carefully as police and zoo officials were on the hunt for a deadly, runaway viper. (Snakes, keeping dangerous pets, Canada, word order)
Upper-Intermediate
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24-hour plane delay
A pet squirrel grounded a jetliner for a day by playing hide-and-seek with engineers and airline crew. (Pets, diary writing, adverbs of time, spend + -ing verbs and prepositions)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Healthy Life
Can being more sociable make you healthier? Increasing numbers of reports are suggesting that folks with more active social lives live longer and get sick less often. Find out why?? (Social life, "such as" to introduce examples.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A New Fish
Environmentalists are worried about "Frankenstein Foods" or genetically modified food which could upset the delicate balance of nature. Find out about a fish which can grow 10 times faster than normal. (GM foods, fast-growing fish, consumer issues, ensure vs assure or insure.)
Upper-Intermediate
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What did you say?
Young people who suffered from frequent ear infections as children may risk hearing loss if they use personal stereo headphones. (Health, hearing loss, loud music, headphones)
Upper-Intermediate
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Virtual Feminism
For many in the women's movement, the power tool of choice is the Internet. Find out how it is being used. (WWW, Women's issues, equality)
Upper-Intermediate
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National Geographic Conservation
Big strides in technology will help make fantastic new discoveries possible this century, but preserving the planet will be one of the biggest challenges facing scientists. (Explorers, conservation, discoveries, the future.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Highland Decision
It has all the ingredients for a Hollywood hit: money, animosity, a craggy clan chief and a cabal of conservationists out to save the Scottish highlands. What is it? (Conservation, traditional rights, mountains, Scotland)
Upper-Intermediate
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Feeling Forgetful ?
Flunk an exam? Forget important facts during an interview? A new study gives the perfect excuse - stress impairs memory and learning. That's a relief. (Research, stress, memory, brain)
Upper-Intermediate
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Eating Out: GM Foods
Top British chefs will protest in "Chefs against GM Foods" campaign which is also backed by the Greenpeace environmental group. (Genetically Modified Food, health, technology)
Upper-Intermediate
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East or West
An article about how men's supposed "superior" sense of direction now has some biological evidence to back it up, according to a study that compared male and female brain activity during a navigation activity. Personally, I don't believe it but then I guess I am biased. (Men and Women, brain)
Upper-Intermediate
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Tongue Piercing
Tongue piercing increases your chances of chipping a tooth, and could lead to nasty -- even life-threatening -- infections. (Health, fashion, piercing)
Upper-Intermediate
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