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Traffic Jam on Mount Everest

By Tara Benwell

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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The deadliest traffic jam this weekend could be at the top of the world.

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One Picture A Day

By Tara Benwell

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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Do we take too many pictures? Photojournalist Nick Danziger has an idea that will get your students talking!

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Police Auctions – For or Against?

By Tara Benwell

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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What should police do with unclaimed stolen goods?

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Expressing Regrets

By Tara Benwell

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

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An interesting article to practice expressing regrets.

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Vladimir Putin, President Again?

By ESL Library Staff

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Check out our newly updated lesson plan on Russia’s president-elect.

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Virtual Pop Stars

By Tara Benwell

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

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“She never misses a beat, fluffs a line or messes up a step. But then she doesn’t really exist.”

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Lady Gaga: A Conversation Piece

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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Lady Gaga talks to Oprah about the creative process. What makes this celebrity such a conversation piece?

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Embed Plus for Long Videos like Kony

By Tara Benwell

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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Will you be showing the Kony 12 video in class?

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What Makes a Tearjerker?

By Tara Benwell

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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Does Adele’s music make you cry?

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Airbags for Extreme Sports?

By Tara Benwell

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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This backcountry snowboarding video will get your students talking!

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Dying with Dignity

Brittany Maynard was a young American woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She chose to move to Oregon state where she had the right to die with dignity.

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Can We Ever Use “Ever” with the Simple Past?

ESL-Library blog: November 20, 2014

Is it possible to use "ever" with the simple past? Find out the difference in meaning when "ever" is used in present perfect and simple past questions, and see examples of the different tenses that can be used with this emphatic adverb.

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