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Economics

Lawyers Want Government Jobs
Today, the Enron and WorldCom stories have transformed corporate crime fighting into a top choice for law students who, only two years ago, might have looked down their noses at a career in government. (Legal graduates and government law, listening comprehension, discussing pros and cons, true, false or not given, comprehension, completing statements, verbs that take the infinitive, role play.)
Advanced
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Homeless Problem
Faced with the worst homeless crisis in New York's history, officials are considering whether cruise ships tied up at city docks could be used as temporary housing. (Accommodation for the homeless, complete the headline, ordering ideas, scanning, true or false, meanings in context, -ed clauses, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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I'm From Got Milk?
Biggs, California is not "Got Milk?"... After a week which saw the small community catapulted into the international spotlight after it considered changing its name to "Got Milk?" to mark the 10th anniversary of a milk marketing campaign, city elders turned down the proposal. (Changing the name of a town for marketing purposes, listening gap fill, scanning, checking for details, true or false, meanings from context, direct and reported speech, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Gum Law May Change
Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992. The law said that Singaporeans could not import, sell or make it. But now Singapore may change the law. (Chewing gum ban in Singapore, understanding the main idea, comprehension, true or false, matching ideas with pictures, discussion, group project imperatives.)
Elementary
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Inventing the Future
Three years ago, few people stopped to consider that a $70 or $80 monthly charge might deter the typical American consumer from buying online music, video and games. The actual product being peddled was broadband Internet access, and it was supposed to be an easy sell at any price. (Broadband access and the fate of companies promoting it, making predictions, understanding the main idea, true or false, comprehension, inventions through history, prepositions, discussion.)
Advanced
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Shopping Switch
Employers beware: Fruitless weekend shopping trips into stores this shortened holiday shopping season may mean less is getting done back at the office as many workers flock to the Web in search of bargains. (Internet shopping and shopping trends, matching information, gap fill, comprehension, check your understanding, discussion, 'in fact', 'in most cases' and 'for example'.)
Intermediate
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Checking Up on Supplies
The counting of toilet roll paper was successful for a British worker who won his employer thousands of pounds in compensation after he discovered that some rolls were not as long as they should be. (Consumer issues, information recall and exchange, working in pairs to reconstruct main points of a text, comprehension, too + adverb or adjective, word find puzzle, discussion and research activity.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Long Hours
British employees work more hours per week than workers in Europe. Managers and professionals worked the longest hours. About half said that they were working longer hours to deal with excessive workloads. By contrast, 70 percent of skilled and manual workers said they put in extra hours to earn overtime pay. (The working week, hours of work, graph analysis, writing memos, using markers to show surprising ideas or contrast.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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eBay Watch
Few would question that auction enterprise eBay has become one of the most important companies on the Internet. But what was it about eBay that not only allowed it to survive, but thrive in a nascent industry where success became the exception rather than the rule? (The auction website eBay, guessing words from context, sequencing, role play, discussion, spot the mistake - grammatical errors.)
Advanced
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Global Aging
More than half of babies born in rich nations today will live to be 100 years old if current life expectancy trends continue. Increasing numbers of very old people could bring major challenges for health and social systems, but the research showed that may be [lessened] by people not only living longer, but also staying healthier in their later years. (Life expectancy, aging, understanding statistical information.)
Intermediate
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'Drink of the Gods'
Growing health concerns about kava have thrown a spanner in South Pacific plans to turn it into a big export crop, straining already frail island economies. Vanuatu's Finance Minister, Joe Baumol Carlo, said adverse medical reports were not the fault of kava, but of the derivatives added by pharmaceutical companies. (Herbal medicines, health, natural remedies, kava, trade, business, government controls on drugs, prepositions.)
Upper-Intermediate
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In Love With My Car
A survey of drivers in the U.S. found that 63 percent actually talked to their cars, 43 percent said they considered their cars to be "part of the family," and 12 percent said they valued their cars more than anything else in their lives, including their children or their home. (Cars, automobiles, possessions, surveys, comparative language using 'more than' and 'less / fewer than'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Water, water everywhere...
Many of the world's freshwater lakes face death by pollution, resulting in catastrophe for the human populations that depend on them. Experts have warned that there is not a lake left on the planet that is not already being affected by human activities. (Discourse markers, text structure, participles as relative clauses.)
Advanced
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Model E Ford
Ford Motor Co.'s unprecedented scheme to give its 350,000 employees free personal computers and printers has been canceled due to an auto industry slowdown and fallout from the September 11th attacks on the United States. (E-mail memo, job descriptions, communicative crosswords, pair dictation.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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A Nightmare Dream Holiday
A contest to win a dream holiday for two people turned into a tax nightmare for a Swedish student. (Income tax, dialogue, past simple and past continuous.)
Elementary
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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.)
Intermediate
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The Newest President
In 2008 the Security Council has five new members including Libya. (United Nations, Security Council, Ban Ki-Moon and his achievements to date, defining and non-defining relative clauses, gap filling, Internet research, reading for specific information, split readings.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The "Babel" Machine
This is about the emergence of so-called "machine translation", which has raised hopes among some --and strong doubts among others -- that computers will one day make human interpreters obsolete. (Translation, computers, technology, interpreters, language, the -ing forms, gerunds, verbs, adjectives)
Upper-Intermediate
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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)
Intermediate
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Helping The Government
This lesson is about a British retiree who mailed a check for 75 pence ($1.09) to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in disgust at the very small 75 pence weekly rise in the state pension, and was surprised to find it had been cashed. (Retirement, money, governments, the UK, clauses using 'that')
Intermediate
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Fair and Fit
Researchers have figured out how fairness may fit into the Darwinian concept of evolution. (Research, evolution, fair play, health)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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