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Strange But True

Chimney Sweep?
It may work for Santa Claus but two people found that going down a chimney may not be such a good idea unless you want to get stuck. (Bizarre stories, rescues, matching pictures and information, predicting, gap fill, reading for detail, comprehension, try + infinitive + to, role play, pair crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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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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Madonna sings for her supper
Multimillionaire pop singer Madonna had to borrow money in a London restaurant after finding she didn't have enough money to buy a slice of cake for her son, a British newspaper reported. (Madonna biography, information exchange, question formation, comprehension, reading for gist, reading for detail, word find puzzle, test your memory.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Heady Scents
It's cocktail hour in Rome's posh shopping district, but women at one trendy bar are trying a new kind of aperitif: perfume. (Perfume bars, perfume vocabulary and attitudes to perfume, survey, categorizing words, prediction, finding the main idea, fill the gaps, reading carefully, true, false or not given, interpreting information, language: preposition 'of', discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Tired Bank Robber
A man went to rob a bank in the Austrian city of Graz. However, before he robbed the bank, he fell asleep in his car... then the police found him! (Bizarre crimes, reading for overall understanding, answering questions, sequencing, reading for detail, gap fill, infinitives of purpose, describing where something is, finding differences in two pictures.)
Elementary
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Smiling Bank Robber
A man had his two gold teeth knocked out as he ran into traffic and was hit by a van after robbing a bank, FBI agents said. (Understanding a headline, matching words and pictures, gap fill, comprehension, reference words, past simple and base verb forms, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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Cat Saves Family
A cat saved its family by raising the alarm after it started a fire, German police said. (True animal stories, understanding a headline, reading for overall understanding, putting pictures in the correct order using a text, vocabulary: animal sounds, continuing a story, memory recall and listening, word find puzzle, role play.)
Elementary
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Stop That Train!
A British train driver had to run 100 yards along the station platform to catch his train after it decided to start its journey without him. (Train travel, matching information and pictures, train vocabulary, comprehension, sequencing, writing a headline, the structure ...as+adverb+as I can, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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A Very Long Ride
An American teacher has ridden a roller coaster for ten hours a day for the past three months to try to get a world record. (World records, listening for correct information, comprehension, collocations, irregular verbs, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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Let's Close The Town
Residents of a remote Quebec mining community have voted to shut down the town following the closing of a local copper smelter, the area's main employer. (Small towns and employment, comprehension, true, false or not given, before +- ing, role play, essay topic, discussion.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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I Want To Be Alone
More than 200 years after they went out of fashion in Britain, professional hermits are back in the job market. (Hermits, the advantages and disadvantages of living alone, predicting from the headline, comprehension, true, false or not given, discussion, present perfect and simple past tenses.)
Intermediate
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Super Seal Saves Dog
A seal saved an elderly dog after it was swept away by a fast-flowing river in northern England. (Rescues, animal behavior, sequencing, comprehension, reading for detail, using the word 'after', word find, pair discussion.)
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
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Chimp Burglar
British police are looking for a chimpanzee who has stolen things from two London homes. (Chimpanzees, burglaries, predicting, mixed sentences, true or false, writing sentences using prompts, pair crossword.)
Elementary
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Can't Face the Stairs
Three elderly British holidaymakers who disappeared while traveling in France and started a huge manhunt have turned up safely, happily enjoying their holiday. (Strange stories, holidays, simple past tense verbs, crossword.)
Elementary
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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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Shelter Pup Finds Career
A dog success story: A puppy left at a Toronto-area animal shelter last summer has risen through Canada's detector dog program to earn a job as a drug-sniffer. (Animals rescuing people stories, proverbs, word order.)
Intermediate
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Super Milkman!
British milkman Steve Leech, who saved a row of shops and flats by dousing a fire with 320 pints of milk, has been named "Hero Milkman of the Millennium" by the National Dairymen's Association. (Fire safety, bravery, guessing vocabulary by context, nationality words, surveys.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Gooooooaaaaaal!
Soccer: "The referee found the ball at his feet in front of the goal, kicked it into the net, then signaled a goal." The referee later resigned. This is a strange sports story. (Soccer, sports, referees, umpires, judges, guessing vocabulary by context, using 'when' and 'while' to connect two actions in the past.)
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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Stowaway Cat
This is about an international rescue mission to rescue a New Zealand cat that stowed away on a ship to South Korea. (Ships, ports, rescue, stowaway, quarantine, phone call, use of "tried to... but... too...".)
Elementary
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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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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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Parking Meters
Hundreds of motorists didn't have to pay for parking when new solar-powered parking meters stopped working because of Britain's bad weather. (Solar power, traffic, cars, sequencing, use of 'don't have to'.)
Elementary
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A costly drink
Austrian police arrested a man who robbed a branch of a savings bank where he was known as a customer. (Crime, headlines, guessing from context, the passive voice.)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Paranormal
Mobile phones are killing off ghosts, a British expert says. (Mobile phones, ghosts, the paranormal, writing a story, summarizing , using "would" and "used to".)
Intermediate
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Phone Home
A British tourist lost in the Australian bush in heavy rain and fog rang his father in England on his mobile phone to get help. (Rescue, mobile phones, using present tense and past tense.)
Elementary
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Mystery Caller
Staff at a Scottish safari park were shocked to discover a chimpanzee was the mystery caller who had kept phoning their mobile phones. (Animals, mobile phones, sequencing, writing a postcard, compound nouns.)
Elementary
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Reviving a Lost Art
France's Sorbonne University has launched a degree course in professional letter writing because a generation addicted to brief e-mails and mobile phone text messaging has forgotten how to write letters. (Methods of communication, writing letters, history, use of 'as'.)
Intermediate
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Lord of the Ring
Two stories of amazing finds: A man searched and found his wedding ring more than a year after it slipped off his finger and sank to the sea floor and another ring was eaten by a fish that was eaten by a fish that was eaten by a shark. And then what happened? ... Do the lesson and find out. (Losing and finding things, love stories, first conditional and if and when, relative pronouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Family of Ducks
Two duck stories. Tina Chen is very busy. She is mother for 16 ducklings in her 12th floor apartment. When a family of ducklings fell down a Vancouver sewer grate their mother asked a police officer for help. (Amazing true stories, ordering events, questions, headlines, using 'so' and 'because'.)
Elementary
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Criss-Crossed Lovers
A man missed his girlfriend so much he flew 11,000 miles back to Britain from Australia to propose to her, only to find she wasn't there. She had flown from Britain to Australia! They even sat in the same airport lounge in Singapore at the same time... and didn't see each other. (Love, coincidences, being impulsive, Non-defining clauses, use of "think about" and "think of".)
Intermediate
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Winning Millions
This lesson is about shy people who when they learned they had won millions of dollars in a lottery jackpot, walked away. I know what I would do! (Lottery, money, Canada, luck, present perfect)
Intermediate
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Tough as Nails
A group of women in Hong Kong refused to evacuate a burning office tower until their nails were perfect! (Danger, fashion and beauty, fire, Hong Kong, verbs followed by to + infinitive)
Intermediate
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Tipping
This happy story is about a waitress who thought her dream of going back to school had come true thanks to a generous stranger's $10,000 tip. She may still get her wish even though her British benefactor may be a deadbeat. (luck, money, education, credit cards, punctuation)
Intermediate
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Sea 'Monster' Hijacks Boaters
Two Florida boaters met a real sea monster this week when their craft was dragged for hours by a powerful creature. Do this lesson to find out what it was. (Fishing, boats, the passive voice)
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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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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Dog Boy
A 10-year-old boy who had been abandoned by his parents survived for two years in a cave with a pack of stray dogs who scavenged for food with him and may even have suckled him. (Living in remote places, child being cared for and fed by dogs, vocabulary.)
Intermediate
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Meeting an Actor
"It's not every day you get a Hollywood superstar phoning you when you're doing the housework". (Dustin Hoffman, famous people, taxi drivers, actors, articles)
Pre-Intermediate
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Lost Animals
This is about runaway animals - rabbits and a kangaroo hopping around a London suburb and a German motorway. (Kangaroos, rabbits, animals, escapes London, present perfect simple, nouns or verbs)
Elementary
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Justice Systems
Aromatherapy? Soft lights? Soothing string music? It sounds like a new age seance, but it's the new way of doling out justice, Brazilian-style. (Judges, courts, legal systems, punishment, phrasal verbs, smell/sound/feel/ + like, metaphors.)
Intermediate
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How Good are You?
A pair of social psychologists say that luckily, the truly incompetent may never know the depths of their own incompetence. (ability, overconfidence, incompetence, synonyms, modal verbs, narrative tenses)
Intermediate to Upper-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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A bungling armed raider
A bungling armed raider was caught trying to hold up a French post office after he tried to withdraw money from his own account. (Money, crime, past perfect, phrasal verbs.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Late Learner
A Cameroonian man who dropped out of school in 1940 has gone back and passed his primary school exam at the age of 75. (Education system, school, drop out of school, Past Simple / Present Simple / Present Perfect.)
Elementary
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Will You Marry Me?
A man in London hid a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that his sweetheart, Leanne, (26) would pop the balloon as he popped the question. But then the balloon blew away...(Romantic marriage proposals, predicting, comprehension, past simple tense: regular and irregular verbs, past simple and past continuous).
Pre-Intermediate
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Return to Sender
Forty-four years after it was thrown from a ship into the Indian Ocean, a bottle with a message has turned up in New Zealand, the new home of the author. (Strange stories, message in a bottle, coincidences, transport, phrasal verbs)
Pre-Intermediate
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Old Advice
Natural, simple foods, lots of greens, fish fresh from the sea and lots of plain water are the secrets to living a long life according to the two people in this lesson. A woman in Ireland who is 105 years old, and the oldest person (107) ever sworn in as a U.S. citizen. (health, old age, 'future perfect', 'after + ing')
Pre-Intermediate
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Lucky To Be Alive
A 15-year-old New Zealand boy survived with minor injuries after falling 16-stories from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor and a policeman saved the life of a baby boy by breaking the toddler's fall from the third floor of an apartment building. Amazing stories of surviving falls from great heights. (Lucky escapes, telling/writing stories, survival, Past Simple and Past Continuous)
Pre-Intermediate
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Judging Beauty
A blind Canadian man who helped judge two beauty pageants on Sunday said he was able to see the contestants' true beauty. One must ask why. (Beauty contests, blindness, voice, 'have' or 'be' with descriptions)
Pre-Intermediate
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