Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
We start by saying a very big Happy New Year to all our listeners and members. We really hope it's going to be a good one for us all - fingers crossed!
Our 2017 podcasts begin with one of our quizzes as usual. Jackie did so badly answering Last year's quiz that she is back to asking the questions. Richard has a go with All the threes. The 2016 quiz. Can you do any better than him?!
For our business podcast this month we talk to Johnny about why he moved from one occupation to another. Would you like a different job? Listen to Career change for some inspiration.
We also have three podcasts of the month as usual. For level 1 we have Let it snow, join Londoners enjoying the unusually snowy weather. This is a video. For level 2, Jo talks about some uninvited guests she has in A mouse in the house. And for level 3 listen to us talking about dieting in You are what you eat. We are sure we are not the only ones to have put on weight over the holiday season so you may like to listen to our attempt at dieting too: The 5:2 diet.
Have a look at the sidebar for some New Year podcasts as well. Please 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 Alexiana, who comes from Greece, for winning last month's competition. She correctly said Jackie thought a Christmas tree should be a) triangular.
Now another listener can win FREE pie membership by answering this question: Jackie asks Richard, "Malala Yousafzay won the Nobel Peace Prize. Where was she born?" What answer does Richard give? Was it a) Pakistan; b) Iran; or c) Afghanistan?
The answer is in this level 1 podcast: The 2014 quiz. Send your answer to email@example.com 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.