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The Fuss About Fugu
One of Japan's most famous fish dinners could be a date with death. A meal of fugu, a poisonous blowfish, is famous throughout Japan. (Unusual meals, Japanese restaurants, scanning, matching information, true, false or not given, text organization, interviews, discussion, role play and word forms.)
Advanced
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Around The World In A Balloon
U.S. balloonist Steve Fossett ended his record-breaking solo round-the-world flight being dragged like a rag-doll through the dusty Australian outback. (World records, ballooning, ranking dangerous activities, comprehension, cloze listening, the structure 'by + -ing', planning a trip around the world.)
Intermediate
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Woman Remembers Three Centuries
The wrinkles in Hava Rexha's pale skin were carved by a life spanning three centuries, under Ottoman Turkish rule, Albanian monarchy, Italian occupation and Stalinist dictatorship. On August 14th 2002, surrounded by 120 offspring of four generations, she was 122 years old. (Longevity, biography, arranged marriages, crossword, listening and matching, debate, ranking, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Cyber Romance
A worldwide poll showed that 30% of web users regard the Internet as a good place to find a boyfriend or girlfriend. And despite the public perception that cyberspace is a shallow, hostile environment, lovers who meet through Internet chat rooms may actually end up forming strong relationships. (Internet chat room relationships, scanning, summarizing, 'despite', 'in spite of' and 'although', discourse markers, understanding a graph, writing an ad, interviews.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Housework Bad For Health?
It's exhausting, time consuming and although it counts as physical activity, housework does not improve health or help to shed those excess pounds, British researchers say. (Housework versus exercise, true, false or not given, the suffix -ologist, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Fabric
Max takes us through words to do with fabric.
Intermediate
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The Things They Get Up To In Europe
Europeans may love their television remote controls but most still don't use computers, a new poll showed. (Comparison of habits of Europeans (television, reading, computer use and music), map reading, pronunciation of names of countries and nationalities, conducting a survey, the word 'only'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Europeans Get Slim
Guilt-ridden Europeans hoping to squeeze themselves into last year's swimsuits will spend a total of 96 billion euros (US$90.1 billion) annually on dieting products by 2006. (Dieting, scanning, true, false and not mentioned, summarizing, linking words: although, but, despite.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Home Sweet Home
Max takes a look at words to do with houses and homes.
Intermediate
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Biological Bad Luck
Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers. Another study sees lifestyle during the first 20 years of life is a more important factor than one's origin when defining the risk of cancer. (Lifestyle, genes, true or false, cause and effect language, writing a pamphlet, debating.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Child Support
Italy's highest appeals court has decreed that fathers must carry on supporting adult children until they find a job to their liking. This was in the case of a son who is in his 30s, has a university law degree, lives in one of the smartest parts of the Naples, and has turned down several job offers. (Family, responsibility, supporting children, court cases, relative clauses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Noisy Yoga
A trendy London yoga institute known as a haven of peace and relaxation has come under attack from local residents -- for being too noisy. (Yoga, neighbors, summarizing, word forms, letter of complaint.)
Intermediate
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Magic Butterflies
Forget confetti or rice -- guests at chic Australian weddings are casting live butterflies at the newlyweds. (Weddings, traditions, business, writing an advertisement, verb forms.)
Intermediate
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Work Internet Stopped
Major corporations are increasingly classifying employee email and Internet privileges as potential security hazards, distractions or worse, costly legal dangers in the making. As a result, companies are considering dramatically curtailing, or even abolishing completely the freedoms, on which employees have grown increasingly reliant over the past few years. (The Internet, business, employment, personal phone calls at work, adverbs, writing a memo.)
Advanced
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Drummed Out
London's theater district could lose a popular musical because of local resident complaints that the show is too noisy. The show's producer first thought it was a joke. "Here we are in the middle of the West End playing a musical and they're saying it's too loud... But if anyone buys a place in the West End, they must understand they are not going to have peace, quiet and tranquillity." (Live performances, theater, conflicting rights, South Africa, London's West End, reviews, use of 'if'.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Caged In
A popular Indian film actor crammed himself into a tiny cage and asked for compassion for chickens as part of a "Compassion, Not Cages - Go Veg!" campaign by an international animal rights group. (Animal rights, vegetarians, protest, farming, 'so' linking two clauses.)
Elementary to Pre-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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Teen Offenders
Certain factors can help predict if a troubled teen will return to the "straight and narrow'' with treatment or continue to be an aggressive and emotionally disturbed individual, according to New Hampshire researchers. (Health, society, teenagers, vocabulary in context, correcting grammar errors.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Drinks are on Me
A businessman offered to pay for everybody's drinks at a British nightclub, and ended up with a bill for more than 42,000 pounds ($59,000). (Alcohol rules and laws, drinking alcohol, spending a lot of money on others, non-defining relative clauses.)
Pre-Intermediate
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World's Oldest Man Dies
The world's oldest man, 112-year-old Antonio Todde from Sardinia, has died. His life has been a part of a scientific study. A remarkable number of Sardinia's 1.6 million inhabitants live through a century. Some 135 people per million live to see their 100th birthday while the western average is nearer 75. (Secrets of a long life, habits and lifestyle, scientific studies, prepositions.)
Intermediate
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Stress
Researchers have found that people with optimistic personalities are only half as likely as their more pessimistic counterparts to develop heart disease. Also, a Berlin car recycling center has come up with a novel way to win customers and reduce the public's need for therapists: car smashing. However, let's not forget that another study suggests that certain types of stress may boost the immune system. (Stress, health, optimism and pessimism, use of "likely".)
Upper-Intermediate
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Pass the Pit Bull, Please
A Californian man who used to have two pets -- a pit bull terrier and a Burmese python -- now has only one -- a 200-pound python with a pit bull-sized bulge. (Pets, animals, dangerous pets, must + infinitive of verb, must have + past participle of verb.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Turkeys Galore
Each Thanksgiving, Americans eat about 535 million pounds of turkey, and a turkey-cooking hotline gives advice to people with problems a trucker who needed to know how long to cook a turkey on the engine of his truck, and a Kentucky woman who panicked when her tiny chihuahua jumped inside a turkey carcass and couldn't get out. (Thanksgiving, holidays and festivals, synonyms, apostrophes, use of 'although' and 'even though'.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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T V Dinners
Children who eat lunch when they are watching TV take in more calories and children in families who usually watch television during meals eat less fruit and fewer vegetables. They also eat more pizza, snack food and caffeine-laced drinks. (TV watching, food, diet, children, family, health.)
Elementary
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Smell That Stamp
It is hoped that high-tech ink scented with violets can draw young people back to letter writing, a pastime losing followers in the age of e-mail. Well, there is always hope. (Korea, technology, email, comparative adjectives)
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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Noisy Neighbors
Apartment dwellers have a new weapon to use on noisy neighbors: a CD of 64 minutes of lawnmower noise! (Cities, revenge, weapons, noise, neighbours, phrasal verbs)
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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A Cruise Ship Home
A retired British woman has decided to live on a cruise ship all the time and sail round the world, because it costs no more than staying in an old people's home. (Life styles, retirement, email, summarizing ideas, the present perfect with 'already'.)
Elementary
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Lunch Hour Chewed Up
Increasing work pressures have eaten into Britain's traditional lunch hour, reducing it to a 36-minute break. (Work pressure, lunch hours, health, changes in workplace, Britain, word order)
Intermediate to 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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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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Graveyard Shift
Italian researchers have found that shift work may not only make people grumpy, but it could also put them at a higher risk of heart disease. (Shift work, health, jobs, business, verb agreements, irregular verbs, simple past)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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For Better or Worse?
A study in California has shown that recently divorced and widowed men eat fewer vegetables, drink more alcohol, and are less likely to quit smoking than their married counterparts. (Health, lifestyle, marriage, conjunctions, word forms.)
Intermediate to 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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Cooking
A survey says many British shoppers buy ready-made food and say it is their cooking. Another survey found that nearly half of men spent less than half an hour a week in the kitchen. (Cooking, eating, men and women, pronouns.)
Elementary
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Don't Be Shy
Youngsters who are extremely shy can often overcome their anxiety with a combination of social skills training and the help of their more extroverted peers. (health, children, phobias, passive forms)
Intermediate to 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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Meeting People
Are you shy? Can't make small talk or start a conversation? Get a dog. Why?? Read on and find out just how loyal and brave these wonderful creatures can be!! (Dogs, meeting people, friends)
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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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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