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Living English Course - Intermediate
English-to-go resources for intermediate students. A course of gold member resources and outline of the skills and language points each resource practices. Use the 'Search' functions on the site to find the resources. We welcome your feedback and hope you enjoy using our new Living English course.
Intermediate
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Round Trips
The two articles in the lesson are about sisters and a teenager who have problems getting to their destinations. (Travel, planes, past continuous, split reading.)
Elementary
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Work and Commuting
People employed in big cities are effectively working six days a week because of their long commutes. This lesson also looks at working conditions, office environments and commuting distances. (Choosing a job, designing offices, working from home, present perfect simple, because and because of.)
Intermediate
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Living English - Course
Living English - Course - Upper Intermediate English-to-go resources for Upper Intermediate students. Units 1 to 8 are ready now, Units 9 to 12 will be ready soon. This course guide helps you use a range of gold member resources and tells you what skills and language points each has. Use the 'Search' functions on the site to find the resources. We welcome your feedback and hope you enjoy using our new Living English course.
Upper-Intermediate
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It's A Boy?
For extinct creatures like dinosaurs known only from fossils, it is extremely difficult to [tell] the males from the females. But a study may provide a handy guide on telling the boys from the girls. (Dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex, fossils, reading for information, completing a table, summarizing, active and passive voices, listen and draw game, participles, writing a poem.)
Intermediate
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Found in a Bog
A woman in Ireland survived 34 hours in a car submerged in a bog. (Bizarre car accidents and survival stories, matching pictures and information, sequencing, predicting, reading for detail, class dictation, 'after' to show the order of events, word find puzzle, chain story.)
Intermediate
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Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship
Anyone wanting to throw away their mobile phone can do it in style and may even win a medal - at the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship in Finland. (Unusual events and festivals, mobile phones, playing games, Finland, speed reading, choosing the best answer, completing a summary)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Fat Jab
A vaccine that slows down a key hunger hormone kept rats from gaining weight, even when they overate. (Obesity, dieting, comprehension, matching words and meanings, completing a diagram, completing a food pyramid, quantifiers and uncountable nouns.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Super Appliances
Flat TVs and Internet fridges - some of the appliances available to consumers: what they offer and how popular they are. (Technology, domestic appliances, scanning, reading and checking information, making notes, persuading someone to buy a product, past simple, present perfect simple and present simple tenses, writing an advertisement.)
Upper-Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 29 August 2006
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Tomatina Festival
Every year thousands of people pelt each other with 100s of tons of ripe tomatoes in the normally quiet Spanish town of Bunol. See you there !!!! (Spain, tomatoes, festivals, third conditional)
Intermediate
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Bag Lady Holds Up Plane
Police took a woman off an airplane after she refused to put her handbag under the seat. (Flights, travel, safety and security checks, airplane vocabulary, prepositions of place, designer clothes, true or false, fill the gaps, discussion.)
Elementary
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In the Shadow of the Knife
A teenager lies in a pool of blood in the street after he is stabbed in a dawn attack. Britain is living "in the shadow of the knife", as one tabloid headline writer put it. And experts fear the number of fatal stabbings will spiral out of control if a growing knife culture among young people is not tackled. (Violent crimes, young people, city life, discussion, choosing a headline, matching information, comprehension, ordering paragraphs.)
Advanced
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Best Foot Forward
With more women wearing flip-flops to the office this summer, U.S. style gurus are warning that the casual shoe once mainly seen on the beach could be damaging to careers - as well as to feet. (Fashion and clothes, business, first impressions, reading for specific information, finding information, finding the errors, giving advice, definite and indefinite articles.)
Intermediate
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Robber Returns with Interest
A Japanese man who robbed a post office returned more money than he stole and turned himself in after deciding to come clean for the sake of his girlfriend. (Crimes, repentance, punishment, saying sorry, sequencing, making negative past simple statements, comprehension, finding errors, functional language: saying sorry.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Battling the Ban
New York may be a city of incessant cell phone talkers, but students vowed on Wednesday they would hit the "off" button during classes as they battled a ban on cell phones in schools. (Using cell phones, high schools, true or false, brainstorming, completing a table of information, discussing pros and cons, using present simple, present continuous and will/won't to describe present habits.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Sleepy Workers Costing Billions
Drowsy Japanese employees turning up late, taking days off or struggling to stay awake on the job are causing economic losses of some $30 billion a year. (Business, overworking, sleep deprivation, sharing knowledge, completing a summary, word hunt, choosing the best answer, matching information, present continuous tense, reading and writing emails.)
Intermediate  Lesson Updated: 13 July 2006
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Gangs on the Loose
Unruly gangs are raiding the expensive homes that line the spectacular coast of South Africa's Cape Peninsula, clearing out pantries, emptying fridges and defecating on the designer furnishings. It's baboon versus human in a string of wealthy oceanfront communities 30 minutes from the trendy center of Cape Town. (Baboons, wildlife, discussion, true or false, punctuation exercise, vocabulary work.)
Advanced
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Monster Rabbit
A "monster" rabbit has apparently been going through vegetable patches in a small village in northern England, ripping up leeks, munching turnips and angering local gardeners. Animals, bizarre but true stories, sorting words, comprehension, matching information, present perfect continuous, onomatopoeic words.)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Answer Lies Online
Nearly half of U.S. users of the Internet went online for help with major life decisions such as finding a college for their child or looking for a new place to live. (Life decisions, Internet use, complete the table, choose the best summary, true, false or not given, language - proof reading, peer editing, writing an essay)
Upper-Intermediate
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Ring, ring - why don't you give me a call?
The study says that 6% of Americans with cellphones play music on their phones. 2% in the study with cell phones watch video or TV on their phones. (Cellphones, consumer issues and leisure habits, complete a table, choose the best answer, understanding the main idea, asking yes/no questions, present simple tense questions, discussion.)
Elementary
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Drug trends changing
More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends. (Drugs and alcohol use, young people peer pressure, discussion, reading for factual information, giving an opinion, problem solving, should and modal verbs, giving advice).
Intermediate
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New age pigeon post
A flock of pigeons carrying mobile phone backpacks will be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday. (Technology, air pollution, making predictions, word hunt, comprehension, will to express future fact.)
Pre-Intermediate
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On with biotech crops?
As the GM crops industry celebrates its 10th anniversary, the early promises of biotech crops remain largely unrealized, and many countries have banned the technology amid concerns about health and the environment. (An overview of the first decade of GM crops, business, discussion, predicting from a headline, comprehension.)
Advanced
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How much is your love?
Love comes at a hefty price in South Korea. There are up to 21 anniversaries, special days and celebrations a year for couples to shower each other with affection and gifts, and as a result some relationships are crushed under the weight of festivities. (Festivals and special days, romance, South Korea, discussion, matching information, comprehension, present simple tense - uses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Give me a ring ...
What usually happens when you do not lock your car? Someone steals it! However, this did not happen in western Massachusetts. Instead the man came back to find a diamond ring in the car! (Engagements, bizarre stories, saying thank-you, discussion, reading for the main idea, sequencing, past simple tense - regular and irregular verbs, writing a thank you note.)
Elementary
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Bangladesh's rivers - curse and lifeline
The mighty Teesta river that has swept away farm laborer Mohammad Taheruddin's home 10 times in the past five decades is now a picture of calm. But barely two months ago the Teesta, like many other rivers in the low-lying South Asian country, was in full spate. It burst its banks, destroying flood shelters the government built five years. (Bangladesh, flooding, discussion, brainstorming, matching headlines, true or false, reading carefully, reading and notetaking, present perfect continuous.)
Advanced
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Shaking hands between the trenches
The last known surviving allied veteran of the Christmas Truce that saw German and British soldiers shake hands between the trenches in World War One died Monday at 109, his parish priest said...Troops in the trenches swapped cigarettes, uniform buttons and addresses and even played football in one of the most extraordinary episodes of the war. (War, Christmas, peace, friendship, memories, predicting, true, false or not given, comprehension, thinking carefully.)
Intermediate
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Money Money Money
An Irish winner has won of Europe's biggest lottery prizes - 115 million euros ($139.2 million) in the EuroMillions jackpot. The woman has five children of whom the youngest two still live at the family home. Her youngest son, 13, cycled around telling excited friends he would like to buy a horse and go on holiday. (Lottery jackpots, unreal situations, second conditional, discussion, comprehension, giving an opinion, sequencing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Trouble At The Top
Leading celebrity photographer Mario Testino has defended Kate Moss after she lost lucrative modeling contracts over allegations of cocaine abuse: "I know Kate very well and I don't think she's at all tormented, torrid, depressed." (Famous models, alcohol abuse, drugs, judging or forgiving someone, word hunt, true or false, comprehension.)
Intermediate
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Believing the Web
More than 70 percent of adults aged 50 or older use some type of alternative medicine, such as herbal medicine, meditation, or seeing a chiropractor, according to new study findings. New strategies are needed to help assure the quality of information on the Internet; not all information is true. (Alternatives to conventional medicine, health information on the Internet, comprehension, finding information, giving an opinion, word search, should, shouldn't, have to, doesn't have to, had to.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Protecting famous places
Italy tightens its security at famous places. (Famous places, the Tower of Pisa, passives, comprehension, ranking activity, writing a poem.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Fish Soup And Buffalo Racing
Hungary's fish soup festival and Thailand's annual water-buffalo racing festival help preserve something special. (Hungary, Thailand, festivals, conservation, working with unknown words, completing a table of information, discussion, present simple tense: uses and spelling.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Madagascar
Madagascar, which lies off the eastern coast of Africa and is home to thousands of species of animals found nowhere else on earth, has been severely damaged by a cyclone. (Madagascar, the environment, cyclones, disasters, Present Simple or Present Perfect Simple, used to or am used to.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Girl's Best Friend
For centuries diamonds have lured women up the aisle; in future they may drive them to work as engineers find a use for the precious stones in electric cars and other applications. Industry officials say the uses for diamonds are multiplying and advances in synthetic production have opened the floodgates to ever more innovative applications. (Diamonds, jewelry, industry, electric cars, comparing information, completing a table of information, matching names and definitions, passive.)
Advanced
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Keeping the river flowing
The Jordan River is heavily polluted with sewage and is in danger of drying up after decades of conflict and intense agricultural use, environmentalists say. (Environment, agriculture, natural resources, religions, the Middle East, rivers, answering true or false questions, comprehension, cloze reading, reported speech, direct speech, team quiz.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Running over with Happiness
Dean Karnazes is 42-years-old and loves running - he often runs all night. R. Laurence Macon is 67 and sometimes runs 7 marathons a week. He runs while he works. (Marathon running, hobbies and free time, introductions, matching and discussion, making questions, comprehension, present simple, be, checking information.)
Elementary
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World's Largest Lesson 2005
All Level Lesson - WLL 2005.
Governments are doing far too little to remove unexploded bombs and landmines. Landmine Action said not only were children being killed and maimed as they unwittingly played with the brightly colored unexploded bomblets from cluster bombs, but land and antitank mines were slowing postwar aid delivery and development. (Landmines, world's largest lesson, postwar development.)
Intermediate
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Food For Stairs
People who eat fruit, vegetables and dairy foods may not have problems with walking or climbing stairs when they are old. (Healthy diets, foods, old age, mobility, discussion, true or false, comprehension, possessive adjectives, questionnaire.)
Elementary
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Back in Fashion
"We want gold to be contemporary, something that is young and people want to possess, to wear," says Bobby Godsell, chief executive of South African mining house AngloGold Ashanti, which last year mined six million ounces of gold worth $2.6 billion (1.4 million pounds). Gold is claiming more of the traditional markets for objects of desire. (Gold, luxury items, making choices, predicting from the text, comprehension, cloze reading, understanding figures, persuading someone.)
Advanced
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Ethical Education
An Indian teenager fooled governments, the media and even the president into believing he had topped the world in a NASA science exam. Canadian university students cheated on an ethics course. (Dishonesty, plagiarizing, examinations, understanding the main idea, answering true, false or not given questions, describing past habits and routines, writing a questionnaire.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Roman Chariots in England
Archaeologists have found remains of a chariot racing track in Colchester. 8,000 people probably watched chariot races at the track. Archaeologist, Philip Crummy thinks the track is one of the most exciting things he has found. (History, chariot racing, archaeology, the Romans, brainstorming, comprehension, true or false, reading for understanding, comparative adjectives and superlative adjectives.)
Elementary
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Escaping a Date!
You're on a date, it's a disaster but there's no way out. A mobile phone company in Australia has a service offering an escape. All you have to do is dial three numbers and then hang up. The company will call you back a minute later with a perfect excuse to get you out of there. (Dating, relationships, quiz, predicting from the headline, reading for gist, crossword: telephone words, reading for understanding, functional language: making excuses, dialogues, have to and should.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Real Music by Real Musicians
Forget manufactured pop. After suffering a surfeit of Reality TV shows that propelled instantly forgettable stars into the charts, British music fans have had enough. Durability is the new buzzword as the British music business hands out its annual awards after a buoyant year. (Music trends, manufactured bands, popstars, make a choice, understanding the main idea, guessing words from context, presenting a summary, phrasal verbs, giving an opinion.)
Advanced
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Skateboarding Online
A skateboarding priest is a YouTube hit and women in different countries are now skateboarding. One woman has started www.skateboardmom.com. (Sport, comprehension, complete the table, word order, true or false, the present continuous: is/am/are, extra reading.)
Elementary
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Fish Finds True Love
A stressed-out spotted fish in a British aquarium has calmed down after finding its perfect match... a look-alike plastic dice. (Compound adjectives, singular and plural forms, writing a comic strip)
Intermediate
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Internet Exchange
For unwanted gifts from this holiday season, web bazaars like eBay have made the Great Gift Swap more popular than ever. (Gift giving, customs, What Would You Do? quiz - gifts, white lies, predicting from the headline, guessing meanings from context, scanning, true or false, Choose The Right Gift Game, jigsaw reading game, present perfect simple and present simple tenses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Harvard School of Love
Over 35? Still looking for Mr. Right? Feeling left on the shelf? Perhaps it is time to repackage your assets, take a hard look at your personal brand and start telemarketing yourself. (Finding suitable marriage partners, business jargon, predicting, understanding the main idea, gap fill, true, false or not given, used to + base form and be / get used to + noun or gerund, information sharing, dating agency activity, discussion.)
Advanced
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Talking Digitoys
Toys are changing fast, not least because their vocabulary is increasing, fast! New toys have computing power that makes them completely different to toys of even 10 years ago. There's even a doll that can read! (Toys, computer chips, children's development, scanning, writing definitions, identifying viewpoints, summarizing, discussion.)
Advanced
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Football Flowers
A Canadian Football league player says he doesn't want more flowers. He missed a kick in a game. The Saskatchewan Roughriders did not make the Canadian Football League final because he missed the kick. Fans are sending him flowers. (Sport, football, obsessive fans, matching words and pictures, discussion, comprehension, understanding the main idea, ordering events, true or false, present continuous tense, sporting vocabulary.)
Elementary
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Doctors' Writing
Prescription medication errors kill thousands every year. Courses organised to teach doctors to write quickly and legibly have been tried, and now computers are being brought in to help. (Doctors, bad handwriting, computer records, greek and latin roots of words, tag questions, role play: conducting a doctor/patient consultation.)
Intermediate
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