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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

January news and
Competition to win free pie membership

Happy New Year! It's 2020 - how can that be?! It seems a year in the future is with us now. But not only is it 2020 it's also January and one way to blow away the January blues is to check out all our podcasts we recommend for you. So for our Podcasts of the month we have one of our pie videos: The market stall Jackie and a friend tried to sell some things last year. What did they sell and how did they do? Have a watch / listen and find out. This is for level 1.

For level 2 Karin tells Jackie about all her apps in Not just a phone, and for level 3 we are sure we are not the only ones who ate too much over the festive period. Listen to You are what you eat for some ideas for dieting!

We also have a number of podcasts for the New Year, check out the sidebar in the levels for those. Our favourite is British icons: the panto Have you been to a pantomime? They're very popular in the UK this time of the year.

So did we have Happy hols? The answer is in our first podcast of the month which is for level 2. Big holidays can always be a bit stressful but did everything go okay with us, or were there some problems along the way? We realise that the winter is not just about Christmas, we also have a worksheet about other festivals celebrated this time of the year.

We really look forward to hearing from our listeners again in 2020 and wish everyone a great year ahead.

All the very best for learning or teaching English!

Richard and Jackie
The pie team

Competition time

Kaspar, who comes from Estonia, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said the answer was c) cold, grey, wet.

For this month's quiz just answer this question: What does Jackie say is her favourite odd couple? Is it a) a monkey and a kitten; b) a monkey and a puppy; or c) a dog and a baby owl. The answer is in this level 1 podcast: Animal odd couples.

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!

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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)