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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

May news and
Competition to win free pie membership

We're very happy it's May. It's certainly one of the prettiest months of the year but it's not just about the flowers. Listen to The merry month of May and get some fun facts.

This is one of our Podcasts of the month, we also have Four little birds (one of our pie vids) for level 1. For level 2, Debbie describes her slightly unusual wedding day in Wedding bells and for level 3 Jackie and Helen talk about knitting in Knit 1, purl 1.

The sidebar has lots more podcasts for the month of May including Our sisters. We both have one sister, listen and find out if they are different to us, or similar. This is for International Day of Families, 15 May. But there are many more highlighted podcasts, have a look at the levels sidebar for others!

We finished April with a podcast for our business listeners. We look at what it means to start a company, and who is responsible for The company when it loses money. Meanwhile we start this month with a podcast about Facebook fun. find out about some Facebook groups that are fun to enjoy. This is for level 2.

Our second podcast this month is about what jewellery we wear now, and what we wore in the past. Listen to Bands of gold, do we wear more now or not?

Note that while most podcasts are free, podcasts 1 - 75 are for members only. Why not make 2020 your year to learn English and Join pie!

All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2020!

Richard and Jackie
The pie team

Competition time

Elena, who comes from Colombia, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was b) a runny nose.

For this month's quiz just answer this question: How has Rob's life changed since having baby? Does he have a) less time to go surfing, b) less sleep, or c) less time to spend with friends? The answer is in this podcast: Boy George.

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 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.

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

listen Listening to the podcasts (pdf 23KB)Ten top listening tips to help you to listen to and understand real conversations. For members.

watch Watching the videos (pdf 23KB)Eight great ideas on how you can watch the videos and understand the podcasts better. For members.

webquests Using the webquests (pdf 205KB)An explanation of the words and phrases we use on our webquests. For members.

webquests Natural spoken English 1 (pdf 55KB)Tasks to help you recognise the key features of natural spoken English. For members.

natural spoken English 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 550 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:

Level 1 list
Level 2 list
Level 3 list

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 October 2019)