Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
Spring is here at last, hurrah! With longer and sunnier days what's not to like about this time of the year? For Jackie that means getting out and working on The veg patch.
This is one of our Podcasts of the Month. For level 2, Sue tells Jackie all about her latest news in Catching up. And for level 3, Nicky talks about her new, and rather frightening, hobby in Don't look down.
We also have three podcasts about cars and driving, check out the side bar for those!
Last month we had a podcast about singing: Sing, sang, sung. This month we continue the theme with Stand and sing which is about national anthems. Do you like yours? How much do we like ours? Listen and find out!
Our second podcast this month has one of our pie videos. Richard was lucky enough to visit the most beautiful building in the world. Yes, he went to the Taj Mahal. Travel with him to India and enjoy the view.
As always do write to us if you have any suggestions for the site, or if there are any topics you would like to listen to, we love hearing from our listeners!
We hope everyone has a successful 2017 teaching or learning English,
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Well done Paulo, who comes from Spain, for winning last month's competition. He correctly said Karin has about twenty apps on her phone. This month another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
In the podcast and video about Vietnam, what is the first person carrying on their bicycle? Is it a) fruit, b) vegetables or c) plants. The answer is in this level 1 podcast Stop me and buy one! Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and where you are from. One winner gets free pie membership for 3 months. Good luck!
We have our own facebook page. Please like us and meet us there - and why not write some suggestions for podcasts, we'd love to hear from you!
Students' information worksheets
To help you make the most of the site. There are more information worksheets for teachers on the teachers' page.
► Using PayPal (pdf 60KB) How to find your pie log in details and how to cancel your subscription. For everyone.
► Listening to the podcasts (pdf 23KB)Ten top listening tips to help you to listen to and understand real conversations. For members.
► Watching the videos (pdf 23KB)Eight great ideas on how you can watch the videos and understand the podcasts better. For members.
► Using the webquests (pdf 205KB)An explanation of the words and phrases we use on our webquests. For members.
► Natural spoken English 1 (pdf 55KB)Tasks to help you recognise the key features of natural spoken English. For members.
► Natural spoken English 2 (pdf 35KB)This worksheet helps you recognise fillers - and encourages you to use them yourself. For members.
Find a podcast
Over 400 podcasts! There are now three ways 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:
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.
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.