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New Year's Resolutions
Many consumers have decided to make this the year they whittle down their debts. That's good, because most people can help themselves to lower debts without calling in outside help. Here's how to attack that pile of bills....(Personal debt, giving advice, problem solving, role playing, going to and will.)
Intermediate
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Grumpy
Some British hotels have grumpy staff, the government's tourism boss said on Thursday. Some guests do not get soft towels and fresh bars of soap. Grumpy staff may frighten away tourists from British hotels. (Hotels, service, tourism, after and before.)
Elementary
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Tightening Their Belts
China's office workers are tightening their belts, cutting back spending on everything from clothes to fast food, despite government efforts to boost consumption to stave off the worst effects of a global recession. Wang Hao, a 24-year-old Beijing office worker, has launched a campaign to curb weekly living expenses to 100 yuan ($14.60). (People and a global recession, China, shopping and habits, present continuous.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The personal touch for survival
Many U.S. retailers, large and small, have good reason to envy Sue Opeka -- sales at her store have been up 15 percent for the past four months and she's up 5 percent for the year so far. Staring into the face of a possible recession as the holiday shopping season approaches, many small U.S. stores and boutiques catering to wealthier consumers are adjusting strategies and inventories. (Business, recessions, retailing.)
Advanced
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Go Away ... Come Again Another Day
When you're feeling sick, don't come to work, British bosses say. The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) survey of 1,000 bosses shows 73% of bosses want sick staff to stay at home. (Business, health, signs and notices, negative instructions, don't.)
Elementary
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Work Dos
Almost a third of British office workers actively hate the annual office Christmas party, new research has suggested. The poll of 1,000 British office workers suggested that the biggest problem with the office Christmas bash was that it forces them to socialize with people that they have nothing in common with other than work. (Office social functions, brainstorming and problem solving, writing memos.)
Intermediate
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Getting Smashed
Welcome to Sarah's Smash Shack, where customers can relieve stress by throwing dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week. (Stress, smashing plates, setting up a business, verb patterns: like/love/dislike + infinitive or verb-ing and enjoy + verb-ing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Web Life
Written references could become old hat for hiring managers with one in five saying they use social networking sites to research job candidates -- and a third of them dismissing the candidate after what they discover. (Job hiring processes, social networking websites, reading a job advertisement, discussion, first and second conditionals.)
Intermediate
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World's Largest Lesson 2008
This lesson looks at two problems: the prevalence of landmines and the current global food crisis. Countries with landmines have problems rehabilitating victims and being able to use land for farming. Commodity prices have soared recently and poorer people in many places are going hungry because the basic things they need to survive have become so expensive. There are four different articles so if possible allocate each student in your class to read a different article.
Intermediate
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Restaurants Try E-menus
Restaurants in Europe, the United States and Japan are testing technology to let diners order their food direct from a screen at their table instead of depending on a fellow human being to note their choice, (Restaurants, technology, consumer trends, will and be going to for predictions.)
Intermediate
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Smoking in the Movies
Young children may be influenced to start smoking through exposure to movie characters who smoke, researchers suggest.(Hollywood,children, movie stars as role models, smoking, marketing, predicting, choose the best answer, crossword, verb + to + infinitive or verb + -ing, 'what would you do?' quiz about lying, expressing opinions.)
Intermediate
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Aging World
Already, one in five Japanese are aged 65 or over and by mid-century a falling birth rate and rising longevity mean that figure will nearly double, while the population will drop by 30 percent to 90 million. Companies in the world's fastest-aging society are looking to older people as well as younger women, immigrants and even robots to fill the gaps. (Aging populations, work issues, making decisions, answering multiple choice questions, role play.)
Advanced
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The Secret Billionaire Giveaway
He wears a $15 watch, flies economy class and does not own a house or car. For years few guessed that Chuck Feeney was one of the world's biggest philanthropists, secretly giving away his billionaire fortune. (Philanthropy, making money and being rich, lifestyles, discussion, reading and note-taking, sharing information)
Intermediate
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Employing Bullies
Nearly half of working Americans said they suffered or witnessed workplace bullying ... according to a 2007 survey. Bullying at work remains a problem in different parts of the world. (Bullying at work, restructuring, depression, the US, Norway, simple present, present perfect and simple past contrasted, uses of present perfect simple, for and since.)
Intermediate
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Farming Tourists
Like many farmers, Martin Busin works from dawn till nightfall, but he still needs the help of his cafe-au-lait cow, Miss, to bring in tourists to keep afloat his smallholding in Italy's mountainous Alto Adige region. (Agritourism, Italy, choosing a headline, using the context to guess a meaning of a word,choosing a headline , conducting an interview.)
Advanced
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Robin Hood Lives!
Robin Hood lives! People taking part in a game designed to explore egalitarian impulses in human nature consistently robbed from players assigned the most money while giving money to those with the least, scientists said on Wednesday. (Honesty and equality in society, Robin Hood, finding synonyms, reading for correct information, answering true or false questions, Internet research, expressing opinions.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Hard Workers
The United States is the world's biggest economy but it does not guarantee workers paid vacation or holidays. One in five British workers spend longer in the office than they have to, a survey shows. Yet sixty percent would choose an extra week's holiday rather than an extra week's pay. (Paid holidays and vacations, annual leave, work pressures, 'either... or', superlative adjectives.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Yellow cabs to go Green
New York City's famed yellow taxi cabs will go green within five years...1,000 hybrid taxis -- powered by gasoline and electricity -- would be introduced by October 2008. (Alternative fuels, transport, the environment, hybrid vehicles, discussion, skimming, choose the best answer, reading and notetaking, first conditional, Internet research.)
Intermediate
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Real-life Avatar
A world away from Hollywood in remote eastern India the story of Avatar is being played out. Avatar tells the story of the Na'vi whose existence is threatened by a mining corporation which wants to exploit mineral deposits beneath a giant sacred tree. In India's state of Orissa, indigenous tribespeople are battling to stop Vedanta Resources from extracting bauxite from their sacred mountain. (Religion, environment, sharing information, making a diagram, timeline, discussion.)
Advanced
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Shhh! Workers Sleeping!
A study of nearly 24,000 Greek adults published in 2007 found those who regularly took midday naps lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by more than a third. (Sleeping, health, business.)
Intermediate
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Gone to the Dogs
Yappy hours for dogs, dog perfumes and dog parties. Cottages with lounge beds, color TV and VCRs for dogs on holiday. Find out about the booming pets' products industry: in 2006 about $7 billion will be spent on dogs. (Dogs, dog merchandise and luxury holidays, verb patterns: verbs that take an object and a to-infinitive, discussion, selling a product.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Air Affecting Business
Andy Ridehalgh, a British expatriate who has worked as an English teacher for three years in Hong Kong, has had enough of the city's air pollution. (Air pollution, Hong Kong, the environment, first and second conditionals brainstorming, choose the best answer, matching information.)
Intermediate
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Disney Magic in Hong Kong
Opened last September in Hong Kong, Disney's magic kingdom has failed to hit its full-year 5.6 million visitors attendance target. Disney has suffered a number of controversies, including a lockout of angry ticket holders during the crunch Lunar New Year holidays, and the public airing of grievances by its staff who complained of low wages and mistreatment. (Discussion, choosing the best headline, completing a table of information, brainstorming, definite and indefinite articles.)
Advanced
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Best Foot Forward
With more women wearing flip-flops to the office this summer, U.S. style gurus are warning that the casual shoe once mainly seen on the beach could be damaging to careers - as well as to feet. (Fashion and clothes, business, first impressions, reading for specific information, finding information, finding the errors, giving advice, definite and indefinite articles.)
Intermediate
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Sleepy Workers Costing Billions
Drowsy Japanese employees turning up late, taking days off or struggling to stay awake on the job are causing economic losses of some $30 billion a year. (Business, overworking, sleep deprivation, sharing knowledge, completing a summary, word hunt, choosing the best answer, matching information, present continuous tense, reading and writing emails.)
Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 13 July 2006
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How much is your love?
Love comes at a hefty price in South Korea. There are up to 21 anniversaries, special days and celebrations a year for couples to shower each other with affection and gifts, and as a result some relationships are crushed under the weight of festivities. (Festivals and special days, romance, South Korea, discussion, matching information, comprehension, present simple tense - uses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Trouble At The Top
Leading celebrity photographer Mario Testino has defended Kate Moss after she lost lucrative modeling contracts over allegations of cocaine abuse: "I know Kate very well and I don't think she's at all tormented, torrid, depressed." (Famous models, alcohol abuse, drugs, judging or forgiving someone, word hunt, true or false, comprehension.)
Intermediate
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A Girl's Best Friend
For centuries diamonds have lured women up the aisle; in future they may drive them to work as engineers find a use for the precious stones in electric cars and other applications. Industry officials say the uses for diamonds are multiplying and advances in synthetic production have opened the floodgates to ever more innovative applications. (Diamonds, jewelry, industry, electric cars, comparing information, completing a table of information, matching names and definitions, passive.)
Advanced
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World's Largest Lesson 2005
All Level Lesson - WLL 2005.
Governments are doing far too little to remove unexploded bombs and landmines. Landmine Action said not only were children being killed and maimed as they unwittingly played with the brightly colored unexploded bomblets from cluster bombs, but land and antitank mines were slowing postwar aid delivery and development. (Landmines, world's largest lesson, postwar development.)
Intermediate
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I'd Like To Say Thank You...!
This Warmer practices speaking and saying thank you in a formal situation, using appropriate business English language expressions. It reviews verb patterns - verbs that take the infinitive. It gets students to listen for correct information, to practice listening to connected speech, and to practice listening and gap filling.
Intermediate
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Back in Fashion
"We want gold to be contemporary, something that is young and people want to possess, to wear," says Bobby Godsell, chief executive of South African mining house AngloGold Ashanti, which last year mined six million ounces of gold worth $2.6 billion (1.4 million pounds). Gold is claiming more of the traditional markets for objects of desire. (Gold, luxury items, making choices, predicting from the text, comprehension, cloze reading, understanding figures, persuading someone.)
Advanced
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Escaping a Date!
You're on a date, it's a disaster but there's no way out. A mobile phone company in Australia has a service offering an escape. All you have to do is dial three numbers and then hang up. The company will call you back a minute later with a perfect excuse to get you out of there. (Dating, relationships, quiz, predicting from the headline, reading for gist, crossword: telephone words, reading for understanding, functional language: making excuses, dialogues, have to and should.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Real Music by Real Musicians
Forget manufactured pop. After suffering a surfeit of Reality TV shows that propelled instantly forgettable stars into the charts, British music fans have had enough. Durability is the new buzzword as the British music business hands out its annual awards after a buoyant year. (Music trends, manufactured bands, popstars, make a choice, understanding the main idea, guessing words from context, presenting a summary, phrasal verbs, giving an opinion.)
Advanced
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The Harvard School of Love
Over 35? Still looking for Mr. Right? Feeling left on the shelf? Perhaps it is time to repackage your assets, take a hard look at your personal brand and start telemarketing yourself. (Finding suitable marriage partners, business jargon, predicting, understanding the main idea, gap fill, true, false or not given, used to + base form and be / get used to + noun or gerund, information sharing, dating agency activity, discussion.)
Advanced
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Internet Exchange
For unwanted gifts from this holiday season, web bazaars like eBay have made the Great Gift Swap more popular than ever. (Gift giving, customs, What Would You Do? quiz - gifts, white lies, predicting from the headline, guessing meanings from context, scanning, true or false, Choose The Right Gift Game, jigsaw reading game, present perfect simple and present simple tenses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Talking Digitoys
Toys are changing fast, not least because their vocabulary is increasing, fast! New toys have computing power that makes them completely different to toys of even 10 years ago. There's even a doll that can read! (Toys, computer chips, children's development, scanning, writing definitions, identifying viewpoints, summarizing, discussion.)
Advanced
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"Hello, is that Travel Dot Com?"
Online travel booking was meant to save businesses money, and make the whole process easy and painless. However, some problems have emerged, and business people are again reaching for the phone to make travel arrangements the old-fashioned way. (Business travel, online business, discussion, travel vocabulary, finding the main idea, sequencing, ranking and listing activity, Internet research.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Safe Food
A plastic tag could soon stop people worrying about whether food has gone bad and isn't safe to eat. (Freshness of food and a new invention, vocabulary, discussion, comprehension, sequencing, true or false, the suffix -ness, word find puzzle, word order exercise and interview.)
Elementary
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Blind Date
"Blind restaurant an eye-opener for London diners." Dining in a completely dark room, unaware what's on your plate while sitting next to a complete stranger may not sound like an ideal restaurant experience but it's certainly an intriguing way to spend a rainy night in London. (food, five senses)
Intermediate
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Coffee - A Complex Brew
Angela Holder does not swallow her coffee at work. In scenes redolent of a wine-tasting session, she slurps it, swishes it around her mouth and noisily spits it out. She 'cups' coffee. (Coffee tasting, coffee market, coffee, Make a choice Game, coffee knowledge quiz, reading for the main idea, multiple choice questions, reading about a process, Talking about coffee or tea Game, descriptive writing, finishing an ad.)
Advanced
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Business Travelers Can't Afford to Skip Breakfast
Corporate travelers need to be alert and ready to deal from the moment they wake up. So, skipping breakfast is not recommended, nutritionists say. (Business travel, business culture, importance of breakfast, nutrition, quiz, reading for the main idea, reading and comparing, finding ideas, functional language - ordering from a menu, apologizing and greeting, summarizing, dialogue, find someone who...)
Upper-Intermediate
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Boardroom Equality in Norway
Norway said it would force companies to guarantee that at least 40 percent of board members are women. The proposal also says that at least 40 percent of board members have to be men. (Business, gender issues, quotas, direct speech to indirect speech.)
Upper-Intermediate
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What Would You Do?
A warmer about job interviews to get Business English students thinking and discussing.
Intermediate
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No More Embarrassment
A London clinic is charging stressed professionals $5,680 to drill a hole in their armpits, snip away their nerve endings and eliminate their blushes for good. (Blushing, operations, predicting from headlines, comprehension, simple past verb forms, working out meanings from context.)
Intermediate
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Blondes
After listening to her boss repeatedly call her a "dumb blonde" in front of colleagues, a Brazilian woman sued him and won $1,300 in moral damages plus recognition that she was unduly fired -- which paves the way for more compensation. (discrimination, racism, C.V writing, dictagloss, adjectives used to talk about personal qualities and skills)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Blondes Earn Less
"Blondes Earn Less"! Can it be true? Well, according to research in Iceland, it is! (Pay rates, personal appearance, Iceland, Descriptions - what do they look like?)
Elementary
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A Bad Job Interview
You know your job interview did not go well when your interviewer calls the police to arrest you. (Bizarre crime stories, job interviews, finish the sentence, sequencing, categorizing vocabulary, comprehension, write a headline, role play, word find puzzle, complete a picture, giving advice - you should / you shouldn't / don't forget to... )
Pre-Intermediate
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Looking Up
Tall people earn considerably more money throughout their lives than their shorter coworkers, with each inch adding about $789 a year in pay, according to a new study. (Successful people, employment, sharing points of view, completing a table, scrambled words, true, false or not given, words made with 'short', talking about employment problems and problem solving game.)
Intermediate
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Loans for Hope
Maqsood is one of more than 1,600 beneficiaries of a micro-credit program launched by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan. The program provides interest-free loans to disabled Afghans eager to start their own small-sized businesses. There is also an interview with the founder of SPBD, a microfinance organisation in Samoa. (Microeconomics, microfinance, Afghanistan, jigsaw reading, vocabulary in context, comprehension, past perfect, synonyms, discussion.)
Intermediate
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The Most Powerful Man In Music
The new album is nearly here, and U2's lead singer Bono is the most powerful man in music, and not just because of his singing, says a poll of top music business people. (Bono and U2, music and politics, reading for overall understanding, reading for detail, true or false, because, gap fill, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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