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Party Time!
Famous! Britain's second richest man spent $17.5 million on a party for 600 guests on a luxury liner. He is known for being very careful with his money, but he treated his guests to a week of luxury living and exclusive entertainment. (Entertaining friends, parties, Britain's second richest man, prediction, true or false, verbs 'spend' and 'sell', crossword.)
Elementary
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AK-47
Famous! Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 rifle, said he was proud of developing the rifle but wishes he'd designed something to help people instead - like a lawnmower... or... (Weaponry, inventions, discussion, word order, reading for detail, the structure "I wish I had..." crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Happy Birthday!
Fifty came with a televised bash, celebrity friends and a black-tie dinner, but Oprah Winfrey is having a low-key 60th birthday at home in California. Bill Clinton, turning 60, hated being so old. (Birthays, listening comprehension, talking about birthday celebrations, scanning, writing questions, jigsaw reading, Grammar - the present continuous to describe an action in progress.)
Upper-Intermediate
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ATM Thieves
There has been a huge increase in Japan in the number of robbers using large diggers to remove automated teller machines (ATMs) from the lobbies of banks. (Bizarre crimes, construction and crime, vocabulary, matching pictures and words, predicting from the headline, main idea, reading for detail, reading carefully, before / after + -ing, pair crossword, gap fill.)
Elementary
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The Shape of Things to Come
A shiny white pod that has begun road tests may well be the taxi of the future. The pod, known as ULTra -- Urban Light Transport -- could make driver-free transport a reality and not just the stuff of futuristic fantasy. (Public transport, transport problems, technology, the future, summarizing, definite and indefinite articles.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Survey Results 'Too Good'
When customers of utility company Southern California Edison were surveyed to get feedback, pollsters received answers expressing delight at the service received. But the objectivity of these results came under question when it was learned that employees had surveyed friends and family! (Customer surveys, utility companies, hacking, discussion, comprehension, sequencing, true, false or not given, passive, conditionals, listening for differences.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Children's Toys
Tamagotchi are back, more complex than ever, with an infrared communication function allowing them to visit each other and even reproduce! This lesson also looks and toys and toy issues, including the 2001 reaction of toy sellers to 9/11. (Christmas, birthdays, war toys, toys, present simple and present continous tenses, the present continuous used to talk about a current trend.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Micro $4 Billion
Muhammad Yunus, 63, is the founder of Grameen Bank, which has made more than $4 billion in tiny loans to poor Bangladeshis, providing a lifeline for millions and a banking model that has been copied in more than 100 nations from the United States to Uganda. (Microfinance, microcredit, Bangladesh, problem solving, reading and predicting, general knowledge, comprehension, multiple choice, jigsaw reading, identifying present and past tenses, pair crossword.)
Intermediate
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Fishy Milk?
Some landlocked Canadian cows are enjoying a little seafood with their hay and grain so they can produce a new kind of milk being touted for its benefits for the brain, eyes and nerves. (Modified foods, diet, fish, nutrition, discussion, comprehension, meanings in context, true or false, prepositions, design a poster, dialogue build.)
Intermediate
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Here Come The Ants!
German children are going to pet shops because they want to buy ants. (Ants, pets, discussion, predicting, comprehension, language - making questions, listening carefully, completing a table, pair crossword, dictation.)
Elementary
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Inventions
This warmer produces lively discussion and gives students practice using the past passive.
Intermediate
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Electronic Junk Mail
As the volume of email spam hits epidemic proportions, the makers of Internet security products are taking notice. (Email spam and anti-spam products, understanding the main idea, vocabulary work, multiple-choice questions, true or false, reading gap fill, dialogue share your opinion.)
Advanced
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Increase in Internet Users in China
The number of Internet users in China made its highest recorded jump to reach 137 million at the end of 2006, a 2007 report has said. (Use of the Internet, China, saying numbers aloud, predicting, reading for gist, true or false, ordinal numbers, word find, survey.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Young Smokers Find A Way
Restrictions on the sale of tobacco to minors may be prompting more teenage smokers to steal cigarettes or get them from parents and older friends, according to a U.S. study of student smoking habits in Texas. (Minors and smoking, anti-tobacco laws, scanning, completing a table, matching figures with information, true or false, prepositions, describing increases and decreases, cloze listening, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Is Ecotourism Too Popular?
Ecotourism is taking its toll on wildlife and may be endangering the survival of the very animals people are flocking to see, according to researchers. (Ecotourism and its impact on wildlife, animal quiz, talking about animals, predicting, completing a table, check your understanding, true, false or not given, the present continuous, jigsaw reading, crossword.)
Intermediate
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Changing Careers
Boardroom lunches and presentations to high-flying British executives were routine for Martin during his 15 years as a management consultant. Now his lunch break is spent supervising school dinners and he gives presentations to his hardest audience yet -- geography students at a London school. (Teaching vs business as a career, job satisfaction, interview - attitudes to work, writing questions, complete a table, making comparisons between things that are not equal or the same, peer dictation.)
Upper-Intermediate
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CEOs and Workers
Never having cleaned a bathroom in his life, a CEO was down on his knees, scrubbing with great effort but little interest, under the watchful eye of his supervisor. He was one of several CEOs to get down and dirty for a week's worth of labor in the new reality-based show "Now Who's Boss?". (Reality television, CEOs, entertainment, discussion, finding the main idea, reading for specific information, completing a table of information, matching information, like as a preposition and as a verb.)
Intermediate
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Business Trip Mothers
It is a tough emotional decision every work-trip mom faces: will being away doing a deal damage her relationship with her children, as some studies show, or, as many professional moms say, will their children be more well-rounded individuals and less prone to separation anxiety. (Business travel, career and family, women, personality quiz, choosing the best headline, completing a table of information, true, false or not given, gerunds, Same Or Different listening Game, discussion.)
Advanced
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Move Over, Karaoke
Frustrated actors have a new outlet for their creative urges that until now was only available to their singing cousins -- Movieoke, Karaoke's cinematic sibling. (Movieoke, entertainment, skimming, comprehension, completing a flowchart, true, false or not given, guessing vocabulary using the context, a,an,the, checking a summary, matching game - famous lines from movies, survey.)
Intermediate
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Dog Show Intrigue
Something sinister is troubling Britain's genteel world of dog-showing, and at the center of it all lies one question: Who called Mrs Mann a "puppy farmer?" Hate mail is circulating, threats have been made over the phone, Mann - the country's top show judge - has resigned. (Gossip and scandal, dogshows, brainstorming and planning, whisper campaign, understanding main idea, completing table of information, categorizing words, comprehension, interview, quotations about gossip, word formation.)
Advanced
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Golden Wool
Two Australian sheep farmers have produced the world's finest wool. (Farming, wool, sheep, fashion, animals, superlative adjectives, active and passive voices in simple present tense, comprehension, fill the gaps, Animal Game, true or false, Agricultural Products Game.)
Pre-Intermediate
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All Gadgets In One
Dennis Nally used to travel with a cell phone, an electronic organizer and a laptop. These days, the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers carries a tiny handheld device that does it all. (Multipurpose gadgets, technology, consumers, understanding the headline, text organization, finding information, completing a table, interview, crossword - adjectives, adjectives - -ed and -ing, Gadgets game - ordering instructions and writing instructions for using a machine.)
Advanced
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Management Survey
Women are included in the senior management of nearly 90 percent of Russian companies, the highest rate among major countries, a survey showed. (Businesswomen, gender equality, business, understanding factual information, surveys, categorizing words, adjectives, brainstorming, understanding the main idea, organizing information, completing a table, adverbs - nearly, almost and exactly, discussion, vocabulary extension game - adjective antonyms.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Not The Retiring Type
The oldest bank robber in the United States, a 92-year-old man, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing a Texas bank. He said he robbed his first bank when he was about 80 because he wanted revenge against banks for sending him into a financial crisis. (Bizarre stories, crime, banks, discussion, Find Your Other Half Vocabulary game, predicting, skimming, sequencing, question construction, phrasal verbs, read and draw.)
Intermediate
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Sleep for the Sick?
Patients who have complained they cannot get any rest in noisy hospitals have been vindicated with a report confirming that the racket on hospital wards can be as loud as a rock concert. (Hospitals, importance of sleep, noise levels, survey, ranking, predicting from the headline, completing a table, comprehension, arranging sentence parts, comparisons: as...as and not as....as, brainstorming.)
Upper-Intermediate
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And the winner is...
A record crowd of more than 7,000 betters was expected to attend the 23rd annual Cockroach Races in Brisbane on Australia's national day, with some bringing their own runners and others buying competitors there. (Gambling, festivals, Australia, discussion, understanding text organization, question construction, true, false or not given, error recognition, crossword, questionnaire.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Against The Law!
The poor, oil-rich nation of Venezuela is considering decriminalizing the theft of food and medicine in cases where a thief is motivated by extreme hunger or need. (Justice, poverty, decriminalization, different crimes, ranking and discussion, understanding the main ideas, giving an opinion, scanning, modal verbs, prefixes - in-, de-, non-, crossword, Vocabulary Bingo Game.)
Intermediate
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Dream Machine
The Japanese company that came up with the hit "BowLingual" device that translates dogs' barks into human words has now come up with a dream product -- literally. (New inventions, dreams, discussion, predicting, skimming, completing a table, finding evidence to support statements, adverbs of manner, Bingo, Completing A Picture Game.)
Intermediate
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Swaziland Crisis
Desperate HIV-positive Swazis are lining up in droves to try the latest "miracle AIDS cures", falling victim to patchy medical regulation in a country with one of the world's highest HIV infection rates. (HIV / AIDS, bogus 'wonder drugs', con artists, Swaziland, developing countries, brainstorming and problem solving, Find Your Other Half Game, placing headlines, matching information, scanning, differentiating fact from opinion, true or false, running dictation, discussion.)
Advanced
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These Music Lovers Are Turkeys
Britain's farming union has released a chill-out album of different sounds to help turkeys keep calm in the understandably stressful run-up to being eaten. (Farming, animals, meat, scanning, true or false, working out unfamiliar words, summarizing, Farm Animal Sounds Game, Completing a Picture game, zero conditional, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Expensive Hotels
The new Mandarin Oriental hotel has a suite that costs US$12,595 a night - the most expensive hotel room in New York. (Hotels, predicting, gap fill, comprehension, multiple choice, true or false, discussion, agreement: has or have, numbers - dollars and cents.)
Elementary
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Some Chinese remedies such as bird's nest, sheep placenta and caterpillar fungus may be a bit too exotic for the uninitiated but many traditional remedies are gaining popularity among Western consumers who seek natural ways to beat stress and boost their health. (Traditional Chinese medicine, predicting from the headline, finding information, completing a table, true, false and not given, finding grammatical errors, jigsaw reading, expressions with 'put'.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Brand New Fish!
A little tropical fish that glows fluorescent red will be the first genetically-engineered pet. (Genetic engineering, tropical fish, pets, skimming, reading gap fill, complete the table, matching information, true, false or not given, prepositions, expressing opinions, role plays.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Next: Borrowing the Car
They waste hours in front of the TV and get their parents to spend money on designer clothes and haircuts. And they're not even three years old! A new survey in Britain says toddlers are increasingly leading a lifestyle once associated only with moody adolescents. (Children and parents, discussion, skimming, complete a table of information, true, false or not given, fractions, percentages, bar graphs, group brainstorming, pair crossword, like as a preposition.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Santa School
A school for Santas has opened in Japan, a country with little Christian tradition and a Christmas that is more about shopping than religion. (Santa, finding the main idea, gap fill, true or false, mixed sentences, sequencing, complete the picture.)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Iceman
An Icelandic fishing captain, known as "the Iceman" for his tough character, grabbed a 660-pound (300-kilogram) shark with his bare hands as it swam in shallow water toward his crew, a witness said. (Bizarre stories, sharks, fishing, Iceland and Greenland, predicting, mixed sentences, pronouns, suffixes, writing a rescue story, sea creature vocabulary.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Shopping Kindergarten
German women can now leave their partners at a special kindergarten for men. For 10 euros ($US12), the men get a name tag, two bottles of beer, a hot meal, television and free games. (Women and men, shopping, quiz, understanding the main idea, mixed sentences, true or false, reference words, dialogue, using going to and will to talk about the future, discussion, pair crossword.)
Elementary
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Could You Mime That?
At the Cafe Signes in Paris, the staff wear beaming smiles, the service is faultless and there is no yelling from the kitchen. But if you want something to eat or drink, you are going to have to work out how to mime it -- most of the staff are deaf. (Finding the main idea, reading for specific information, comprehension, guessing meanings of words from context, true or false, role play, discussion, collocation.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Photos and Stamps
People in Japan can now put their face or favorite photo on a stamp. (Photos, stamps, new products, understanding the main idea, comprehension, jigsaw reading, reading and retelling, the verb 'take' and its meanings, reading clozes, 'Asking and Answering Yes / No Questions' game.)
Elementary
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In A Crate
A man trying to save a little money, traveled in an air cargo crate by plane from New York to Texas. Investigators are now asking him questions about his trip. (Bizarre stories, deliveries, predicting, understanding the main idea, making questions, ordering events, reading for detail, personal pronouns, sequencing game.)
Elementary
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Something's Cooking for Career Changers
Lisa Poulos loved the frenetic pace of her job as assistant to a top executive at a Manhattan financial firm, but she quit her job and enrolled in Manhattan's French Culinary Institute where she could learn cooking and baking skills. (Cooking, career changes, comprehension, guessing meanings of words from context, summarizing, food and cooking vocabulary, bar and line graph work, matching words game, reading an interview.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Animal Phones
The sweet song of a bird, the roar of a lion or the grunt of a hippo could soon replace the beeping of Britain's mobile phones. (New services for mobile phones, matching pictures and words, split reading, tell someone about an article, matching information, reading for detail, discussion, what am I? game, understanding and drawing a cartoon, the present continuous tense, crossword - animals.)
Elementary
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Mirrors Not Required
Wall-to-wall mirrors in gyms and dance studios might stop women getting the exercise they need because women who work out in front of a mirror get discouraged and feel tired, Canadian researchers said. (Exercise and body image, Find Someone Who game, categorizing words, writing questions, crossword, completing sentences, true, false or not given, role play, discussion, group design project, superlative adjectives.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Lights Out!
U.S. supermarkets and restaurants had to throw away mountains of spoiled vegetables, meats and dairy products, while others were counting on backup generators to minimize losses from the largest power outage in North America's history. (Power failure and the effects of a blackout on supermarkets and restaurants, predicting from the headline, sequencing, comprehension, true, false or not given, word forms, peer dictation.)
Intermediate
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Stressed! Stressed! Stressed!
Job stress is a leading cause of illness, depression and workplace violence in America today and is increasing, experts say. (Stress in the workplace, causes, business, sharing opinions and fluency speaking practice, understanding the headline, matching information, reading for information, spot the mistake - grammatical errors, sequencing game.)
Advanced
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Conversation Strips - Banking
This warmer nicely complements lessons having to do with everyday or survival English.
Intermediate
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New Age Cinema
Bawling babies have ruined films for countless moviegoers but now one New York cinema is filling an entire theater with them in an effort to win the business of stir-crazy parents who haven't gone out in years. (Cinemas, moviegoing habits, parenting and babies, what would you do, categorizing words, true or false, reading for details, meanings from context, conjunctions (and, but, so, because) find someone who..., describing a scene, present continuous tense, design project.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Green Packaging
Wild Oats Markets Inc. became the first grocery store in the United States to roll out a new type of "green" packaging which looks like plastic but turns into compost after disposal. (Environmentally friendly packaging, comprehension, true or false, meanings from context, summarizing, information gap activity, language - making predictions.)
Intermediate
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Ducks and Locusts
China is using ducks to stop locusts from destroying valuable crops, but the ducks will probably then be eaten in restaurants. (Pests, locusts, prediction, reading for the main idea, sequencing, true or false, discussion, in and into, recipe.)
Elementary
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International Treaty Against Smoking
More than 190 countries approved the first international treaty against smoking, including an advertising ban, aimed at kicking a habit that kills nearly 5 million people a year. (Antismoking, WHO, complete the headline, scanning, reading carefully, summarizing, relative clauses, information exchange, debate, complete the drawing.)
Upper-Intermediate
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