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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
August news and
Competition to win free pie membership
It's the summer. And that, for us, means eating Ice cream mmm! There's a pie video that goes with this level 1 podcast so learn how you can make your own. On the negative side summer also means there are more personal thefts for holiday makers, but we have some advice on how to avoid being pickpocketed in Pick a pocket or two... This is a level 3 podcast.
We have some more 'podcasts of the month'. For level 1 we talk about what we are wearing on our feet now in Sun and sandals. For level 2 Helen talks to Richard about some of the places she has lived All around the world. Which is her favourite? And for level 3 we are off hiking in Off the beaten track, but what problem do we always have on our country walks?
We also have a podcast for Left handers' day which is 13 August. Listen to My left hand. What problems do left handers have? This is for level 3.
Is learning English a hobby for you? Do you want some more ideas about what you can do while inside? We have some suggestions in our latest podcast Hobbies at home, which is for level 2. But although there are now 570 podcasts on the site, we will be adding more this month. Enjoy!
Note that while most podcasts are free, podcasts 1 - 75 are for members only. Each podcast has essential transcripts, worksheets and extra materials for teachers and learners and with almost 2000 to choose from, Join pie now!
All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2020!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
David, who comes from Brazil, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said the answer was b) both.
For this month's quiz just answer this easy question: What kind of ice cream does Jackie make? Is it a) cherry, b) strawberry, or c) vanilla? The answer is in this level 1 podcast / video: Ice cream mmm.
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 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:
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)