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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
Despite the rain we are happy that it's April and that Spring is in the air. This is one of our 'podcasts of the month' and it's for level 1. For level 2 Jackie learns a lot about cheese making in Say cheese! which also has one of our many pie vids. And for level 3 Sue tells us why she loves visiting Italy in Forza Italia!
There are lots of special days this month and we have many podcasts to go with them. These include World Book Day, International Guide Dog Day and International Dance Day. Check out the sidebar on the pages for level 1, 2 or 3 for links.
Meanwhile we start the month with a podcast (and yet another pie video!) about two craft courses that Jackie went on recently. Listen to Being crafty and find out what those were. This is for level 2. Do you have any craft hobbies?
Many of you will know that Richard is a big Liverpool supporter so he is very happy they are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League! But is Liverpool the city only about football? Listen to our level 1 podcast and find out what we think.
Almost 500 podcasts on pie! That is a lot of podcasts! Remember, you can use Search pie to find something, or have a look at our lists of podcasts. These are in three levels and give a description of the topic of each podcast. They also show which ones have a video, or a song. These are especially useful for busy teachers who want to find a podcast that goes with a topic in a coursebook.
Also included is a list of podcasts that go with special events or days. Again very useful for teachers. Want to know if there is a podcast for International Dance Day on 29 April? Have a look, yes - we have two!
Remember to write to us if you have any ideas or suggestions for podcasts, we love hearing from our listeners. All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2018!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Daniele, who comes from Italy, won last month's competition. He correctly said the answer was b): they have friendly neighbours (of course!). Now another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
Who is Jackie's favourite silent comedian? Is the answer a) Charlie Chaplin, b) Stan Laurel or c) Buster Keaton? The answer is in this level 2 podcast That's funny. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with 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.
► 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.