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Take a text 30 activities for teachers to use with reading texts
Information sheets to help you make the most of our site
How to find a specific podcast
Now that Hallowe'en has come and gone there are two things we look forward to. The first thing is picking our olives which we will do some time during this month. You can watch the video we made of our very first harvest, and listen to our podcast, in Liquid gold. This is for level 3.
The second thing is making a big bonfire and celebrating Bonfire night. This also has one of our pie videos. Watch and find out the reason behind this popular event which is on 5 November every year. This is for level 1.
These two videos / podcasts are among those highlighted in the sidebar for the levels. Other Podcasts for November include Poppy Day for level 2 where we explain why a simple wildflower can have so much meaning. We also have A podcast about poo (World Toilet Day is 19 November) for level 3, plus Watching the box (World TV Day is 21 November). We have more for later in the month so check the sidebar in a few weeks' time. Also check out the other highlighted podcasts for Podcasts of the month
Meanwhile, we start the month with a level 2 podcast about how our lives are so different from those we see at the cinema or on TV. Listen to Life v films and see if you agree!
We will soon be announcing the winners of our competition celebrating over 500 podcasts on pie - watch this space.
You can also keep up with our latest news, which includes information about podcasts we think will interest you, by liking our Facebook page. Leave a comment too if you have any ideas or suggestions for podcasts, we love hearing from our listeners. All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2018!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
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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 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.
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
Almost 500 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 (pdf 156KB)
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.