Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly
Competition time why not try and win free membership?
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
July news and
Competition to win free pie membership
It's July, which means we are glued to the TV watching the Tour de France, the Euros and the Olympics. It's just as well the real summer weather has still to arrive as we want to be inside!
We have new Podcasts of the Month. For level 1 we ask Can you swim? and what do you have for Breakfast? For level 2 we invite you to Come camping with us (which includes one of our pie videos). For level 3 Linda talks about why she loves holidaying in Italy so much, listen to Forza Italia and find out why.
We also have a lot of podcasts for July and the summer including Summer jobs - listen and find out what jobs we did over the holidays when we were students. This is for level 1. But there are many more highlighted podcasts in the sidebar of the level pages so do have a look.
Remember, for our last podcast in June we asked a question: What is Britishness? What does it mean to those people who live on the island of Great Britain? Are Jackie and Richard waving the Union Jack or the George Cross? Do you think everyone in England is happy to support their football team? This podcast is for level 2.
Meanwhile we start July talking about accidents (nothing serious!) and Richard explains why he's Accident prone. This podcast goes well with Whoops! where Richard talks about his cycling accident... These are for level 1.
Our second podcast for the month asks the question: which jobs can only be done by humans? Listen to The human touch, which is for our business listeners (but we think is suitable for everyone) and find out.
We have updated the level lists. These are complete lists for levels 1, 2 and 3 to help you find the podcast that interests you. Plus we have updated the Special Days list so you can find podcasts that go with special days of the year. For example we have Chocolate, yay! for World Chocolate Day, 7 July. You can find the lists here
Good luck learning or teaching English in 2021,
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Markus, from Germany, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said that c) winter was the best time to visit the Algarve.
For this month's quiz just answer this question:
How old was Richard when he learnt to swim? Was it a) 5 or 6, b) 7 or 8 or c) 9 or 10 years of age? The answer is in this level 1 podcast: Can you swim?
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 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 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
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)