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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
April news and
Competition to win free pie membership
You will notice a couple of changes on the worksheets. Firstly, we have added a line count to the transcript. Secondly, the answers to all the worksheets (including the extra worksheets on the 'extras'page) are together in one document, they are no longer attached to the individual worksheets. These two changes have been requested by teachers, do let us know how else we can improve your teaching / learning experience!
Meanwhile, it's April. Our chosen podcasts of the month reflect the season. These include New arrivals and Spring is in the air which are both for level 1. Check out the sidebar for others. Plus we have Podcasts for April. For level 2 we have The eagle has landed which is for International Day of Human Space Flight, 12 April) and Good boy! (International Guide Dog Day is 27 April). Again there are others for the different levels so do have a look!
We start the month, however, asking Would I lie to you, honey? and how would you know?! Is there really a way of knowing if someone is not being truthful? Listen to our level 3 podcast and find out!
All the very best
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Lidiya, from Ukraine, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said that Jackie called the police because a) a window was broken.
For this month's quiz just answer this question:
How many people, does Richard say, visit the Taj Mahal each year? Is it a) 30,000 b) 300,000 or c) 3,000,000? The answer is in this level 2 podcast and pie video The Taj Mahal.
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
Almost 580 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 November 2020)