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For teachers

These podcasts can be used in your classroom or computer lab to supplement course book listenings. The conversations are more authentic and so the language is more natural. They therefore provide a refreshing alternative to scripted listenings.

In addition

The worksheets include pre-listening activities that students can do individually or in pairs / groups
There is a range of listening tasks and listening skills including pronunciation
There is a range of accents with conversations between native and non-native speakers of English
There is a range of topics that can be linked to course book units

Have a look at the free sample worksheets on the freebies page for a better idea.

Find a podcast

Over 400 podcasts! There are now three ways for teachers to find a podcast. One, go to the extras page where they are listed under topics. Two, type a topic into the search box (on the left). Three, by browsing the new lists of podcasts which we have compiled for each level:

Level 1 list (pdf 155KB)
Level 2 list (pdf 175KB)
Level 3 list (pdf 155KB)

If you have a school subscription why not copy the lists and put them on the notice board for all your teachers to read.

PS Fill in the blanks as new podcasts come out until we renew the lists. (Updated 15 March. If you have these already you only need to print out page 1 of each)

Take a text

Take a text is a collection of 30 activities that you can do with your course book readings. There are 23 pre-reading activities, and 7 post-reading activities.

Each activity has information on what it practises, its uses, preparation before the class and clear intructions on what to do in class. There are also example texts used from a variety of course books so the activities are super clear.

Who is the book for?

It's ideal for new teachers. We remember not knowing what a 'jigsaw' reading was, or a 'dictation race'. We also remember thinking that we could do a lot more with a text in a course book, but not knowing what exactly. Over the years we have collected loads of exciting ideas, and these are what we want to share.

It's great for more experienced teachers too. Having so many ideas collected together means that it's a practical, easy reference book and one that should remind teachers of tasks they may have forgotten about. We're sure there are some new ideas included too!

Is it free?

Almost! It's just 5 Euros.

Lesson plans

world cupWorld Cup special! There is a lesson plan for the World Cup podcast Kick-off! for level 2 (updated for 2014). This includes some ideas for getting students involved in the topic even if they hate football, and some fun extra tasks too.

2013 reviewThat was the year 2013 You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 3.

grand prixThe Grand Prix You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 2. We have added the reading about sport below:
Grand prix (pdf 115KB)

festivalFestival fun You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 3. We have added the reading about Glastonbury below:
Glastonbury (pdf 265KB)

studyMy ideal study place You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 1. We have added the reading about study places below:
Study reading (pdf 82KB)

volcanoThe volcano You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 2.

highlights 2008Highlights of 2008 You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 2. This is a jigsaw listening with two videos, it can be used to look back on any year, not just 2008.

A good book You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 2. There are ideas for encouraging students to talk about a book they like.

Ballarat - where is that? You can find a lesson plan for this podcast here which is for level 1.

pageTurn the page. There is also this special lesson plan and worksheets (adapted from an 'extras' worksheet) to encourage students to try graded readers. These are suitable for different levels although the original podcast here is for level 1.

Lesson plan (pdf 78KB) Suitable for different levels
Students' worksheets (pdf 160KB) 3 different worksheets
Covers (pdf 1MB) In full colour
Blurbs (pdf 467KB) Short descriptions of each book

Teachers' information worksheets

The information worksheets for students, which include the tasks, are on the pie plus page.

worksheetsUsing podcasts in class (pdf 66KB) This worksheet has ideas for using the podcasts with your students. It also gives an overall approach to how these should be used in the classroom. For everyone.

vocab worksheetsRecycling vocabulary: using the vocab worksheets (pdf 179KB) Ten ideas for vocabulary activities that can be used in follow on lessons. Includes blockbuster template. For everyone.

natural spoken EnglishNatural spoken English 1 (pdf 45KB) Key features of natural spoken English your students should be aware of and some suggested tasks. For members.

natural spoken english 2Natural spoken English 2 (pdf 32KB) This focuses on, um, you know, fillers which are rarely covered in course books as the listenings are usually scripted and the feature is therefore not included. For members.

using paypalUsing PayPal (pdf 60KB) How to find your pie log in details and how to cancel your subscription. For everyone.

Don't forget your students may like to watch the pronuncation videos on the pronunciation page.

If you are interested in becoming a pie member and using the podcasts for your students click here. If you would like to contact the pie team with any questions or comments click here.