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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
We cannot believe that this is the second Year of the Pig for us! Yes, we did a level 1 podcast way back in 2007 called Oink oink! which explains why Jackie is happy to be a pig. But is she happy to be 12 years older now?! We have some other podcasts for Chinese New Year in the sidebar too.
We also have quite a few podcasts of the month for Valentine's Day plus, for level 3, Frank tells us what it means to be a Radio Ham (World Radio Day is 13 February). Check out the sidebar for more. The cinema podcasts will be put up later (the Oscars are at the end of the month).
Meanwhile we start the month with one of our pie videos. For level 1 we talk about natural wonders around the world, and some nice places to visit, in Local beauty spots. It would be great to hear which places near you are special places to visit - let us know!
Our second podcast this month is also a video. However, this is an authentic video from The Guardian. That means it's a video for native speakers not learners but we strongly believe you should listen / watch these as much as possible. In The good drone we hear how the technology is keeping surfers safe in Australia. This is for level 3.
Note that while most podcasts are free, podcasts 1 - 75 are for members only. Why not make 2019 your year to learn English and join pie!
Please write and tell us what you would like us to talk about in the year ahead, we love getting suggestions!
Remember you can always keep up with our latest news, which includes information about podcasts we think will interest you, by liking our Facebook page. Leave a comment, we love hearing from our listeners.
All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2019!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Ali from Turkey was the lucky winner of our first monthly competition this year. Now another listener can win. Just answer this question:
How do you eat with chopsticks? Is the first chopstick between the thumb and... a) index finger, b) middle finger, or c) little finger? The answer is in this video Hot wok part 2.
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.
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!
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. (Lists last Updated January 2019)