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Modern History

Angry!
Max tells us about words to do with anger!
Intermediate
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Unsafe Swings
A European Union rule has forced a British parish council to close its playground swings which are used by hundreds of children a year. (Playgrounds and safety, children's games, prediction, reading for detail, comprehension, question words, discussion, nouns and adjectives, word find puzzle, group design project.)
Elementary
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A Women's Sport
Legions of young and not-so-young women are plunging into waves at surf beaches worldwide, ending the male domination of a sport once restricted to Hawaiian kings. (Surfing, women's sports, comprehension, sentence completion, vocabulary in context, reading for specific information, true, false or not given, peer dictation, 'like' used to show similarity, role play.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Very Popular Mousetrap
Queen Elizabeth and "The Mousetrap" got together for a double celebration. In her Golden Jubilee year, the British monarch saw the Agatha Christie whodunit on the night that performance number 20,807 marked its 50th anniversary as the world's longest-running play. ("The Mousetrap", plays, gap fill, matching ideas, true, false or not given, meanings in context, discussion, form and uses of present perfect simple tense, simple past vs present perfect simple.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Peace Training Grounds
McCarthy loves the long-shot. Good thing, too, because the journalist-turned-peace activist is betting that warlike humanity will some day evolve into enlightened creatures guided by love and harmony. (Peace studies, finding the main idea, true, false or not given, missing sentences, sharing information, gap fill, suffixes, finding grammatical errors, essay.)
Advanced
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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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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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Sea Refugees
Nations must make plans to help tens of millions of "sea level refugees" if climate change continues to ravage the world's oceans. (Climate change, global warming, comprehension, true, false or not given, discussion, reported speech and direct speech.)
Upper-Intermediate
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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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Ground Zero
Today's lesson looks back to the events of September 11, 2001 and analyses an article giving an account of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the ruins of the World Trade Center complex shortly after the event. (Vocabulary and style, scanning, text organization, synonyms, analyzing a text, expressive writing, human interest stories.)
Advanced
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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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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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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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Pacific Weather Patterns
Cutting edge world science has produced a sudden consensus that a feared El Nino weather pattern is likely to be developing in the Pacific. (Weather forecasting, El Nino, affect and effect, keeping a weather journal.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Longer Life
If you want to live to a healthy old age, head for Japan. The Japanese have the healthiest life expectancy among 191 countries in the world. (The World Health Organization (WHO), diet, life expectancy, international rankings, adjectives, superlatives.)
Intermediate
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Sorry About That!
Britain invades Spain! History? In fact, it was an accidental invasion by British troops in February 2002! (International relations, history, geography, errors, mistakes, diplomacy, Gibraltar, adjectives and adverbs, ordering events, guessing from context, negotiating.)
Intermediate
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Knitwise
Max talks about the history of such warming words as cardigan, jersey, sweater, jumper, pullover and balaclava.
Intermediate
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A State of Emergency
Italy has declared a state of environmental emergency in Venice, one of its most popular tourist destinations. "Extraordinary measures are needed because of the high levels of pollution," said Federica Cingolani, the environment ministry press secretary. "The states of emergency could last a year but it will be up to local officials to decide." (Pollution, Italy, tourism, collocations Writing / Peer Editing.)
Upper-Intermediate to 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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Meet You At The Mall
Max tells us the history of the word "Mall" in "Shopping Mall".
Intermediate
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Nostradamus Email
Thousands of people received e-mails containing a prophecy from 16th century French astrologer Nostradamus that forecast the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, often with a second part forecasting that the attack on the twin towers would mark the beginning of World War III. (Believing information, Nostradamus, email, summarizing, researching, giving a talk.)
Advanced
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Connected
Any time there's a disaster, people reach for the nearest phone. The attack on September the 11th was no exception. This lesson looks at how mobile phones played an important role in Tuesday's tragic chain of events. (Telephones, summary completion, abbreviations.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Who Wears the Trousers
Max tells us the history of the words used to describe different kinds of trousers.
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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Nunavut: A New Territory
In the first redrawing of Canada's maps in 50 years, a vast new Arctic territory has been created. (Geography, Canada, local autonomy, dependent clauses)
Intermediate
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Float Like a Butterfly...
Is 'butterfly', that symbol of lightness and delicacy, an example of a reversal? Once upon a time, was the word in fact 'flutter-by'. Find out what Max has to say!
Intermediate
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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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Skip-Skipper-Skipping
These three words look and sound as if they are related to each other, but you may be surprised to know that they came into English from three different languages, and have no connection at all. They are, in fact, a good example of how English borrows words from other languages.
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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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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Canadian Pioneers
Two Canadian couples will be left on an isolated farmstead on the Prairies where they will spend a year living as the region's pioneers did 130 years ago. Why? For 68,000 reasons. Find out what happened. (TV shows, living in the past, Canada, history, conjunctions)
Intermediate
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Armstrong Unveils Century's Top Ten
This is about the top engineering achievements of the 20th century. What was number one? We can't spoil the surprise, but we can tell you that the Internet was number 13. This lesson also has some remarkable quotations from a magazine published in 1890, giving comments on what would go on to become the number one engineering achievement of the 20th century. This is a lesson that spans three centuries! (Top engineering achievements of the 20th century, Prefixes.)
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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Vote For Me!
Research states that to be successfully elected as a US president requires assertiveness, followed by a need to strive for achievement. (Presidents, USA, character traits, history)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Football - Union or Association?
What's it to be, Rugby or soccer? Read this argumentative article and you be the judge. (Britain, history)
Advanced
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