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Take a text 30 activities for teachers to use with reading texts
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How to find a specific podcast
May news and
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Hooray for May, we say! There's something special about the last month of spring and knowing summer is just around the corner.
We have a new podcast for level 3: Tilting towers. This takes us to both Italy and the US to talk about two buildings with the same problem. Our level 2 podcast asks What did you learn at school today? We question whether it's suitable for children just to learn academic subjects in the classroom, or whether some more practical skills should be taught. What do you think?
We have another podcast and video for our new beginners level this month too. This time Richard talks about a Family wedding. It was a very nice day, but who was the surprise guest?!
We finish the month with a podcast about all the new Spanish seaside rules. These are of course for anyone, including the Spanish, and they are important. If you break the rule you may pay a fine!
The sidebar for the levels is where you can find the Podcasts of the month, these are podcasts from our archives which we think you mustn't miss! They include The merry month of May, New Arrivals and Knit one, purl one.
Also in the sidebar you'll find the Podcasts for May, these podcasts are linked to special days. Call the midwife is a level 2 podcast, Naomi talks about becoming the most important person on the maternity ward! (International Midwives Day is 5 May). We have three podcasts for International Day of Families (15 May): And the kids come too is also a level 2 podcast, Sue talks about family holidays with her not so little children. In Our sisters, a level 1 podcast, we talk about our sisters. Finally, for level 3, Rob talks about the challenges of being a new father in Boy George.
There will be more Podcasts for May later in the month so again check out the sidebars on the levels pages.
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Giovanni, from Italy, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said that Helena got a) 3 litres of milk for her cheese.
For this month's quiz just answer this question:
Which two months did Jackie have her stall? Was it a) April and May, b) September and October, or c) November and December? The answer is in this video: The market stall
Write your answer on our Contact us page. Remember to tell us your name and where you are from. One winner gets free pie membership for 3 months. Good luck! Answers by the end of the month.
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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 instructions 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 9 Euros.
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 600 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:
And we have podcasts linked to special days throughout the year: ►Special days list
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. (Lists last updated July 2021)