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Internet/Computers

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.)
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Free To Speed
A computer game company's offer to pay the speeding fines of all British drivers as part of an advertising promotion for a new motor racing game has been branded irresponsible and dangerous by the government. (Dangerous driving and speeding, scanning, true or false, direct and reported speech, the prefix 'ir-', discussion, writing a radio advertisement.)
Upper-Intermediate
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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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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.)
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Get the Most out of your E-mails
When it comes to sending e-mails, the personal touch is best because the more people the message is copied to, the less likely the recipients will reply. (E-mails and communication, understanding the main idea, scanning, guessing unfamiliar words, sequencing, a / an, analogies, discussion and problem solving.)
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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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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Who Are You?
The need to prove identity in the world left changed by September 11, 2001 is driving technology designed to help people clear security checkpoints at airports and elsewhere. (Security identification systems, choosing appropriate verbs, listening, debate.)
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Life Saving Computing
Scientists using the power of more than a million home computers, all cranking along as one, have come up with thousands of possible compounds that could be developed as a cure for anthrax. (Computers, networks, health, research, scanning, intensive reading, present participles.)
Advanced
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Karaoke
This is about new technology that could give even the most tone-deaf karaoke crooner perfect pitch. It adjusts sing-along music automatically to the pitch and tempo best-suited to an individual singer. Good news for singers and listeners! (Technology, music, entertainment, survey, role play, nouns used as adjectives.)
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.)
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Cyber Lambs
Ten of New Zealand's 44 million sheep have their own web site, after Japanese school children adopted them. (Animals, the Internet, using 'at least', 'or more', 'over' and 'plus' with numbers.)
Elementary
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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.)
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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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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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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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Choose Your Toy
The first day of the American International Toy Fair in New York was cheerful as manufacturers like Mattel Inc, MEGA Brands Inc and Spin Master try to encourage buyers from around the world. Movies and toys with the latest technology should help sell toys. (Toys, children, technology.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Worker Privacy
Employee privacy in the United States is under threat. A survey showed that Internet connections were monitored by 63 percent of companies, telephone use was tracked by 43 percent, computer use such as time logged on or keystroke counts was monitored by 19 percent, and video surveillance for security purposes was used by 38 percent. (Present perfect, oxymorons.)
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Virtual Feminism
For many in the women's movement, the power tool of choice is the Internet. Find out how it is being used. (WWW, Women's issues, equality)
Upper-Intermediate
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