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Mixed Messages from Role Models.
Famous athletes are among the most important role models in the lives of American children, but the youngsters themselves recognize that their heroes' behavior is not always good.(Famous sports stars, teenagers, the USA, Synonyms, verbs to give instructions)
Upper-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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Another World Record
This is about the largest ozone hole ever observed opening up over Antarctica... When? Now. Do the lesson and stay out of the sun! (ozone layer, greenhouse gases, the future, global warming, pollution, prefixes)
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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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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Very Wrong
Two Canadians wanting to buy cocaine in the Cayman Islands got a dramatically wrong number, and ended up talking to a top anti-drug officer. They also got busted. (dialling, phones, crime, drugs, adverbs, 'actually')
Pre-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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Is Anybody Listening to Me?
It has one article saying that a dog wagging its tail could be eyeing you as its next meal (and a snarling dog could be just smiling at you), and another article saying that humans and animals communicate with one another telepathically all the time. You can try this at home! (Dogs, animal communication, body language, conjunctions)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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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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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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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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Lawyer Has No Luck At All
If there were a prize for the world's unluckiest man, British solicitor Edward Bentley would surely be in the running. (Gambling, bad luck, crime, regrets about the past, "I wish")
Intermediate
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Keeping a City Clean
This is about, well, animal droppings. Did you know dog poop, when scooped, costs 10 francs a kilo in Paris? If that is your cup of tea, then do this lesson!(Cities, pets, Paris, to + infinitive, purpose)
Intermediate
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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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"Ice Hotel"
Canada's first Ice Hotel made of ice and snow... Are the rooms heated?? (Hotels, tourism, Canada, reported speech.)
Intermediate
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How Good Is Your Nose?
This is about: a dog that has been trained to smell money; mechanical dogs that can smell land mines; and the high cost of a dog at the United Nations that can smell bombs. (Working dogs, dogs smelling for money, bombs and land mines, prepositions.)
Intermediate to Upper-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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Hospital Or Home
A lot of assumptions have been made about what older people's preferences are for health care, and according to this lesson, these may be wrong(Old age, health care, death, illness, 'prefer', 'would prefer' and 'preference')
Upper-Intermediate
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High Tech Garbage
The city of Barcelona is putting micro chips in its 18,000 litter bins to try and make garbage collection easier. How? Do the lesson and find out!(Computers, micro chips, litter bins, Spain, technology, 'can' & 'can't', linkers, listing.)
Elementary
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High Flyer
This is about a 300-pound (135 kg) pig that flew first-class across the United States. (Air travel with animals, pigs, rules and laws, 'ever' and 'never')
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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Heavy Fish
Why are South Korean quarantine officials using metal detectors? (Fish, imports, crime, customs officials, China, comparatives)
Elementary
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Heart Disease Factor
Interrupting others in the middle of a sentence and being interrupted, not only are they irritating but they may also be dangerous. (Health, irritable people, heart disease, word order, prepositions)
Upper-Intermediate
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Happiness is...
People believe you are happiest when you are younger although studies show this isn't the case and marriage brings as much happiness as an additional $100,000 in income. (Happiness, age, marriage and money, USA, Britain, income, adjectives, comparative and superlative adjectives.)
Intermediate
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Home Schooled Spelling Champion
A 13-year-old computer whiz who taught himself to read at the age of 2 won the U.S. national spelling bee with the word "succedaneum." (Spelling competitions, home schooling, adverbs.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Europe's Worst Linguists
This is about, well, Europe's worst linguists, and Europe's best. Who do you think they are? (languages, Europe, English, prepositions)
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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Something to whine about
DNA coding technology is being used by Australian wine producers to fight the growing theft and forgery of expensive premium wine brands. (Wine collecting, law, the second conditional, homophones.)
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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Winning Justice
This lesson is a follow-on from our previous lesson "Under Attack" and looks at how a Swedish court set a precedent on Friday by awarding damages to a student who was mercilessly bullied for being an "outsider". (Bullying, schools, court case, Sweden, parallelism or ellipsis.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Writing Exams
Students do pretty well on multiple-choice tests in math and science, just don't expect them to be able to write home about it. Also, if they do fail, expect a law suit. (Education, styles of exams, writing, the USA, 'pretty' as an adverb)
Pre-Intermediate
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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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Happy Travels
Taking the train in Japan and want to avoid annoying fellow passengers? Keep conversation to a whisper, turn down your iPod and put your phone on vibration mode, a recent survey showed. For Japanese commuters, noise is the biggest issue. A British train passenger got a surprise when he wrote to a railway company expressing appreciation for a good journey - it sent him two letters of apology. (Travel, manners, apologizing, direct and reported speech, article revision)
Upper-Intermediate
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Unlucky Robbers
More stories of very stupid criminals!!! A jigsaw lesson on stupidity. (Crime, robbers, thieves, the USA, Brazil, Germany, 'past perfect')
Pre-Intermediate
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True or False?
Do penguins topple over when they peer into the sky watching planes and helicopters fly over? That was the question asked in the Instant Lesson 'Navy Helicopters and Birds', where we looked at plans scientists had to find an answer to this important question. Now we have their answer! It's in our lesson called "True or False?". (Animals, experiments, helicopters, transport, referencing, pronouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Travel Sickness Cure
If you get travel sickness, don't worry. Help is at hand. Ginger is effective in reducing nausea due to motion sickness. (ginger, new cures, herbs, Chinese remedy, prepositions + -ing, gerunds)
Pre-Intermediate
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Traffic Vouchers
In order to reduce rush-hour traffic jams, a market to trade traffic vouchers which give each citizen a certain amount of travel, may be set up in Belgium. (Traffic jams, laws, trading, 'Want to', 'hope to' and 'would like/love to')
Pre-Intermediate
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Thinking of You!
London police are sending criminals birthday cards with a picture of their local police station. Do this lesson to discover why. (Police, crime, birthday cards, 'present 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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Prize 4 Txt Mssg Poetry
Mobile phone text messages are to move from quick communication to art in a British newspaper's poetry contest with a 1,000 pound ($1,440) prize! (Mobile phones, text messages, communication, poetry, 'will'.)
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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Navy Helicopters and Birds
Do penguins fall over backwards when watching aircraft fly overhead? Two British scientists are traveling to the south Atlantic to find the answer! This lesson is about their plans. (Penguins, experiments, helicopters, abbreviations)
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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A Child's View
Movie star Jamie Lee Curtis believes children will be a focus in her life when she quits acting and everyone should see the world from a small child's point of view. (Fame, doing worthwhile things, sentences, making notes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Downsized
Downsizing may be just the thing to boost company profits but the streamlining exercise makes employees sick. (Business, downsizing, employee health problems, the verb 'to be', present tense)
Intermediate
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Skiing in the Desert
Would you like to go skiing in summer? In the desert?  Dubai is bringing in more than 400 tons of snow and ice to attract visitors to the Gulf Arab emirate. (Sport, tourism, using "Would you like to...")
Elementary
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Changing Times
As if becoming the first female governor in Japan weren't enough, Osaka leader Fusae Ota is taking on yet another bastion of male privilege: the sumo ring. (Sumo wrestling, women's rights, Japan, sport, prepositions)
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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Business Class
Portland, Oregon scored top marks as the favorite U.S. airport for business travelers, while Singapore was the number one destination for international travel, according to a new survey. "This is a poll of our readers, who leave no corner of the globe untraveled in the name of work,". (Business travel, airports, matching and listening game, functional language - booking an air ticket, requesting, apologizing, socializing, facts and figures.)
Upper-Intermediate
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