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Upper-Intermediate

Cough Cough
The gap between how long people expect their cough to last and how long it actually does may drive some to the doctor for antibiotics that won't help, according to a new study. (Treatment of ailments and antiobiotics, doctors, remedies, modal verbs, "...by + verb+ing...")
Upper-Intermediate
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Fly for a Hobby
Wealthy Chinese are itching to take up flying as a hobby, but high taxes and military controls on airspace are grounding the aviation industry's hopes of a sales boom. (China, flying a plane, aviation vocabulary, matching and listening game, functional language - booking an air ticket, requesting, apologizing, socializing, air travel vocabulary.)
Upper-Intermediate
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What Will I Cook?
This warmer gets students practising using going to and will as future forms and enjoying planning a cooking session.
Upper-Intermediate
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What's For Dinner
Anyone looking to expand their culinary horizons beyond steak and potatoes or spaghetti may find inspiration in a new app that provides recipes based on what is already stocked in the refrigerator. (New apps for computers, cooking and food, will + infinitive used for future.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Nasty Parasites
Parasites look set to become more virulent because of climate change, according to a study showing that frogs suffer more infections from a fungus when exposed to unexpected swings in temperatures. (Parasites, climate change, frogs, reported quesitons.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Indirect Speech
A worksheet on frogs and parasites with exercises that looks at reported speech and direct speech.
Upper-Intermediate
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Runners Hit the Road
As budgets tighten and working lives get more stressful, running is experiencing a boom as people hit the parks and streets of their cities to escape from it all and keep themselves healthy for just the cost of a pair of sneakers. (Running, fitness, understanding statistics, role play on buying a pair of shoes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Annoying Noises
Which noise is more distracting - a child whining or a table saw? Making a noise while unwrapping a lolly at the movies can't be helped! (Whining and children, scientific research, unwrapping candies in theaters, referencing, adverbs)
Upper-Intermediate
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Olympian "Makes a Splash"
Cullen Jones was five when he almost drowned but rather than live in fear of water the American jumped back in with both feet, overcoming his fears to become an Olympic swimming gold medalist and drive a campaign to slash the drowning rate in the United States. (Swimming, the Olympics, matching sentence endings.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Cash Mobs?
Flash mobs have been blamed as a factor in looting during urban riots. But now a group of online activists is harnessing social media like Twitter and Facebook to get consumers to spend at locally owned stores in cities around the world in so-called Cash Mobs. (Cash mobs, spending, business.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Adolescent CEOs
Venture capitalists are funding more chief executives under age 21 than ever before. Josh Buckley, chief executive of an online gaming start-up, is looking forward to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, particularly for the parties and the schmoozing with industry A-listers. There's one problem: Buckley may be turned away from many of the parties because he is not old enough to drink. (Young entrepreneurs, work, high-tech companies, venture capitalists, 'will' + infinitive.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Happy Retirement
Interested in adventure and exploring new places? An international magazine is looking for volunteers to spend a month in Cuenca, Ecuador to test its potential as a retirement destination. Applicants must be near retirement age, from the United States or Canada and be willing to relax, explore, shop and report on their experience during an all-expense paid month in the Latin American country.
Upper-Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Melbourne, Australia
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about the city of Melbourne. Students practise agreeing, disagreeing and reading for information.
Upper-Intermediate
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Punching for Gold
Teenage Afghan sisters fighting for women's rights as they join the Olympics as their country's first female boxers. (The Olympics, Afghanistran, sport. women's sports, past simple tense: regular and irregular verb forms)
Upper-Intermediate
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Aging in Office
Judging by their "before" and "after" photographs, U.S. presidents appear to age before our eyes, adding wrinkles and gray hair with each year in office. But contrary to conventional wisdom, a few years in the White House do not appear to cut short the lives of U.S. presidents, and most live longer than their peers, according to a new study released on Tuesday. (President of the United States, age, longevity, health.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Colons - Anna Grammar Punctuation Worksheet
A colon is a punctuation sign of two dots :
If you're now wondering what a colon is for and how to use it, then this Worksheet will answer your questions.
Upper-Intermediate
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Are You Out There?
Men in black, Mork and Mindy, shining lights in the sky and more than 20 years of other alien visitations and bizarre sightings recorded in Britain's own "X-Files" have been made available online to the public. (Aliens, legendary creatures, plural forms of words.)
Upper-Intermediate
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"in order that, in order to, so as to and so that"
An Anna Grammar Worksheet looking at purpose clauses.
Upper-Intermediate
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Once one of the most coveted in the world...
Levi Strauss will attempt to tap into the revolutionary spirit of the "Arab Spring" with a "Go Forth" global marketing campaign aimed at attracting youthful customers back to a jeans brand that was once one of the most coveted in the world. (Brands, prepositions.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Eat Your Mushrooms
Crimes of passion? Foiled plans to get that spouse knocked off. Find out more ... (Marriage, murder)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Running of the Bulls
Every summer Sergio Colas joins hundreds of other runners for Pamplona's annual bull-run but he cannot hear the roaring crowds or the bulls thundering through the winding streets. Alonso Ceardi has been deaf from birth. A half-tonne bull gored Alonso Ceardi in the chest during the San Fermin festival, but he's still addicted to the thrill of running with bulls. Animal rights activitists want the events stopped. (Festivals, Spain, Mexico, animal rights, conjunctions).
Upper-Intermediate
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Cancer Breakthrough
Scientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs... and harnesses the body's immune response to create a vaccine designed to treat cancer. Immunotherapy treatments - medicines that enlist the help of the body's immune system to fight disease - are a relatively new form of potential cancer treatment. (Vaccines, immunology, anticancer medications.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Adding Chinese to ABCs
In Mandarin immersion teacher Kennis Wong's kindergarten class, her young pupils are making paper masks glued to sticks that they twirl between their palms, showing a different face on each side... The children at Broadway Elementary in Los Angeles are learning to talk in English and Chinese, and some are becoming trilingual due to a Spanish-speaking parent. (Language learning, immersion classes, study, present simple and will for habits and routines.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Use it or Lose it
Experts say for those 65 and over staying active and fit can spell the difference between independence and frailty. "It's all about moving." said Neal Pire, an exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine. "The phrase 'use it or lose it' works here."(Aging, exercise and health.)
Upper-Intermediate
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"Crime" - A Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Words, definitions and exercises about crimes, criminals and the justice system.
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Would Rather
We use "would rather" to describe our preferences, what we would like to do when offered a choice.
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocab AWL 5 – Faces affect kids' eating
Knowledge of academic vocabulary is vital for success at university and also in exams like IELTS, CAE and TOEIC. This vocabulary worksheet uses an article that states that if you want your kids to eat their broccoli, you might try smiling when you eat your own veggies.
Upper-Intermediate
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Sprucing Up The Down-at-heel
In Paris' upmarket St Germain district, hairdresser Lucia Iraci spends her days coiffing the city's glitterati, including actors, models and musicians. Yet once a month she opens her doors to a more downtrodden clientèle, offering free pampering and a dash of glamor to women from poor districts who are often long-term unemployed or victims of abuse and even slavery. (Hairdressing and beauty, amazing life stories, women's rights, helping others.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Long Live The Book
India's booming publishing market is proof of the physical book's staying power, said participants at Asia's largest literary event, the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival. "You read something on Twitter and you know it is ephemeral," said Patrick French, a best-selling historian and biographer who has written extensively on Asia. "Yet the book is a solid thing. The book endures." (Future of books, printed books and e-books, reading habits of different nationalities, India.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Homegirls
It was Stephanie Lane's first day on the job as a waitress at Homegirl Cafe and the last thing she wanted to do was wait on the police. The restaurant, staffed by female gang members trying to leave their past behind, is part of Homeboy Industries... Quitting a life of drug dealing, fighting and stealing cars on the streets of South Los Angeles, where she followed her father and mother into the Crips gang, was not easy. (Gangs and rehabilitation, Homeboy Industries, making a movie, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocab AWL 4 – Wake Up Doc!
Knowledge of academic vocabulary is vital for success at university and also in exams like IELTS, CAE and TOEIC. In the article Sleep-deprived doctors told to drink coffee we look at words from the The Academic Word List (AWL).
Upper-Intermediate
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Lessons for Drunk Kids
The British Red Cross has launched a campaign to teach 11-16 year-olds how to handle medical emergencies which arise from excessive drinking. The Red Cross found 12 percent of 11-16 year olds have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious. (Teenage drinking, first aid, medical emergencies, Red Cross.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocab AWL 3
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson What's Up, Doc?
Upper-Intermediate
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Tips and Hints for Visitors
Commonwealth Games organizers have compiled an extensive list of hints and tips for visitors to the October event, the guide providing a valuable insight into social mores as well as helping to avoid embarrassing situations. (Commonwealth Games, sport, rules for behavior, New Delhi.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Acad Word List 2 – Max V Worksheet
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson Redheads Feel More Pain.
Upper-Intermediate
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On Your Bike
A fleet of 6,000 bicycles for hire will hit the streets of central London on Friday when the city's mayor Boris Johnson launches a scheme intended to fuel a cycling revolution in the congested capital. (Traffic problems, bicycles, London, concept of offering a service for free, definite articles.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Acad Word List 1 – Max V Worksheet
The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the 3,000 words most often used in English-language academic writing and is recommended for those wanting to study at an English-speaking institution. This worksheet is based on the Upper-Intermediate lesson Eye See.
Upper-Intermediate
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Effects of Rom Coms?
Romantic comedies might provide 90 minutes of light-hearted fun but the happy-ever-after movies are also impacting people's real love lives, according to an Australian survey and a study in college dating suggests that American males enjoy teary, romantic "women's films" more than they are letting on. (Romantic comedies, differences between men and women, movie genres.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Eye See
It's estimated that up to 60 percent of school-age children in rural China need glasses to see clearly, but most either don't have them or don't wear them if they do. A new study suggests that misinformation about wearing glasses and the inconvenience of getting them - not cost - may be at least partly to blame. (Eyesight, stereotypes, making predictions, designing a pair of glasses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Mobile Phone Health Question
Experts who studied almost 13,000 cell phone users over 10 years, hoping to find out whether the [cell phones] cause brain tumors, said their research gave no clear answer. A study threw up inconclusive results but researchers said suggestions of a possible link demanded deeper examination. (Health hazards, mobile phones, graphs, summarizing, use of may or might.)
Upper-Intermediate
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World Cup Hearing
World Cup fans should wear ear plugs to protect them from the blaring vuvuzela trumpets beloved by South African spectators, a hearing expert said. (Soccer World Cup, hearing loss, sport.)
Upper-Intermediate
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??Confusables - Stationary and Stationery??
Words that are alike but have different meanings often cause trouble. This worksheet will help clear things up!
Upper-Intermediate
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The "Lighthouse"
Sick of no morning sun in the kitchen? Is your sitting room too stifling to use on sunny afternoons? Read about a house that revolves to follow the sun. (Engineering, houses, inventions, New Zealand and Australia, idioms)
Upper-Intermediate
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Goo Goo Ga Ga
The wail of a newborn may sound the same to the ears of sleep-deprived parents the world over, but according to scientists, that's not the case: Babies cry in the language their parents speak from the first days of life. (Babies, foetuses, human development, language degrees of certainty, could, might, definitely, likely.)
Upper-Intermediate
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What Did They Say?
An Upper Intermediate level warmer reviewing reported speech and looks at what some leaders hope the Copenhagen Climate Change talks will achieve.
Upper-Intermediate
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Preventing Flu Spread
Reports state frequent hand washing and the wearing of face masks at home can help reduce the transmission of influenza viruses within the household and closing schools, stopping large gatherings and other such measures are unlikely to do much to prevent the spread of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. (Influenza, hygiene, swine flu, discourse markers, making a poster.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Under Attack
It may affect as many as half of U.S. teenagers, can be as bad or worse than being beaten up in the schoolyard, and is so relentless and emotionally devastating that suicide can seem the only answer. Whether it is through emails, instant messaging, cellphones, texting or web sites, cyberbullying is a growing problem. This lesson looks at cyberbullying and bullying. (Bullying, notetaking, Internet research, comprehension.)
Upper-Intermediate
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School For All
In a country where an education is often out of reach for thousands of impoverished children, the Kartini Emergency School in Indonesia is proving to be an exception. Amid the poverty and grime, 59-year-old twin sisters Sri Rossyati and Sri Irianingsih have opened the free school where their 550 students receive not only an education, but meals, a uniform, shoes, pencils and books. (Poverty, education, used to for habits.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Gleaners
It's closing time at a market in Belleville, a working-class neighborhood in Paris, and a young woman in a black parka and white cap is rummaging through the abandoned crates. After a thorough inspection, she slips a cauliflower and some slightly squashed oranges into her shopping bag. "That's going to be my dinner," says the woman, who will only give her name as Yng. (Economic difficulty, scavenging for food, summarizing key points.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Going To The Movies
A Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Upper-Intermediate
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