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Turtle Refuge
In New York, finding a nice apartment to live in is all about who you know. For turtles, that person is Richard Ogust. (Endangered species, turtles, wildlife organizations, scanning, true or false, crossword - environment words, where and which, information exchange - marine turtles, dialogue.)
Intermediate
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A PETA Protest
The leader of a prominent animal rights group said she had drawn up a will directing that her flesh be barbecued and her skin used to make leather products in protest at people's ill-treatment of animals. (Animal rights, guessing the meanings of words in context, scanning, true or false, summarizing, discussion, dialogue build, reported speech.) Please Note: The material contained in today's article may be disturbing to some students.
Intermediate
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Happy Pigs
England's farmers must keep their pigs happy with toys and straw or receive a big fine, the government said. (Animals, farming, finding the main idea, questions and answers, gap fill, listening for mistakes, prefix 'un', following instructions, pair crossword, discussion.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Binge Drinkers
Researchers say that more Americans are getting drunk each year. (Binge drinking, negative effects of drinking too much, finding the main idea, predicting, comprehension, discussion, reference words, likely to, crossword, project work.)
Pre-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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A Different Taste in Music
Two brothers who perform all kinds of music using vegetable instruments and a vegetable orchestra. (Music, vegetables, puns, common suffixes, China, Austria.)
Intermediate
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Too Much TV Bad For Kids?
Kids who spend more time watching TV--regardless of the content of the programming--are more likely to behave aggressively and have other types of social problems, a study has found. (Television watching and children, True, False or Not Given, writing questions, main idea, past simple, role-play, crossword.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Chef's Helpers
Max takes a look at words for cooking utensils - words like 'pfanna', 'spatha' and 'hlaedel'!
Intermediate
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Inauthentic Parmesan?
Italy has liberally sprinkled praise on a decision by Europe's highest court barring cheap imitations of Parmesan cheese. (Copies of products, Parmesan cheese, understanding the meaning, comprehension, guessing meanings of words by context, figurative language, discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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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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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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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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Bah-Humbug!
A British man who went underground behind blast-proof doors and thick concrete to avoid a family Christmas emerged early. Why? Do this lesson to find out and also learn the story of another Scrooge.
Intermediate
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What's This in My Yogurt?
Fifty tubs of fake yogurt containing sensors will be hidden in French supermarkets to test the efficiency of cold storage in the distribution system. A break in the "cold chain" -- the non-stop refrigeration needed to preserve food such as dairy, meat, fish and frozen dishes -- can heighten the risk of bacteria such as listeria which can cause an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. (Bacteria, health, food storage, "will" + infinitive used about official arrangements in the future.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Yummy Fish
It's a stressful job, living in a fish tank and waiting to be cooked. But a Greek university is making progress in getting fish to relax. According to research, relaxed fish taste better. ('For' and 'when' - when something happened and how long - past simple and present perfect, listening)
Elementary to 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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The Show Must Go On... Please!
A world-renowned Hungarian pianist broke off his recital at Edinburgh's high-brow International Arts Festival until a cacophony of mobile phones, beeping watches and coughing faded away. (Music, entertainment, ballet, public noise, mobile phones, prefixes and suffixes, 'might as well have + past particle of verb'.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Put a cork in it?
Portuguese cork producers are worried that more and more wine bottles will use plastic seals. At stake, they say, is not only a billion-dollar industry but the mainstay of many farmers in Portugal's south, where ancient cork trees also prevent desertification and are a refuge for bird life. (Business, the environment, Portugal, the present perfect, for and since.)
Advanced
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Purple Ketchup in Bid for Kids
Ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. is making purple ketchup to appeal to children. (Business, colors, the passive.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Say Cheese
Americans love cheese, but their hearts don't love them for it. (Diet, health, the USA, gerunds)
Intermediate
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Mice Out For Dinner
Wanted: Pied Piper in Paris! Mice are on the loose. (pests, restaurants, Paris, '-ed and -ing' adjectives)
Upper-Intermediate
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Corking Row over Sour Grapes
Researchers in Australia say metal screwcaps appear to be better at preserving the quality of white wine than corks. (Tradition, wine connoisseurs, descriptive language.)
Advanced
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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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Heavy Fish
Why are South Korean quarantine officials using metal detectors? (Fish, imports, crime, customs officials, China, comparatives)
Elementary
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Nuts
Ever wanted to find out more about 'nuts' and 'nut cases'? Max presents us with the perfect opportunity.
Intermediate
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Chocolate
The name seems to fit the commodity - the word "chocolate" sounds firm, brittle, with the "crack" of breaking chocolate before melting into the "l" sound. Mmmmm. Ever wanted to know where chocolate comes from, what it contains or about words connected with chocolate? Mr. M. Vocab. can help.
Intermediate
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Fast Food
France's agriculture minister said on Friday he was battling to stop fast food from spreading all over the world. (Fast food, cultural imperialism, adjectives.)
Pre-Intermediate
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All About Eating Bread
This is about how much bread is eaten in Europe. The average German ate 84.8 kilos of bread in 1999, keeping the country firmly at the top of the European Union consumption chart. Who do you think came last? (Question forms, Diet, Europe, statistics and graphs, food)
Intermediate
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Close Encounters
When animals attack! Well here are some strange ones and some gourmet delicacies. (Dangerous animals, kangaroos, pythons, grasshoppers, food, "to + infinitive")
Intermediate
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By Another Name
A new image for prunes after a $10 million makeover changing their name to "dried plums". (sales, marketing, food, adjectives, comparatives)
Pre-Intermediate
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Another Risk
Blood transfusions may be able to spread BSE (Mad Cow Disease). The research uses sheep, so may not apply to humans, but it's a scary thought. (BSE, Mad Cow Disease, scientific research, health, word order)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Reading is Good for You
If you want to eat less fat, then read the labels on food packages. (Surveys, consumer habits, food labels, health, diet)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Eating Out: GM Foods
Top British chefs will protest in "Chefs against GM Foods" campaign which is also backed by the Greenpeace environmental group. (Genetically Modified Food, health, technology)
Upper-Intermediate
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