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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
October news and
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We have a soft spot for October. There's something about autumn leaves, misty mornings and bonfires that we like. We have a level 1 podcast about The fall listen and find out what else we like about the cold but colourful season.
This is one of our Podcasts of the month. For level 2 we talk about collecting Mushrooms and how we take care when picking our favourite free food. And for level 3 Jemma talks about how she can see clearly now in 20/20 vision.
October has loads of special days! Far too many to mention here but check out the sidebar on the levels pages to see them. They include a number of our pie videos, for example The Taj Mahal (for World Architecture Day, 3 October) and, one of our very first videos, The postbox (World Post Day is 9 October).
Meanwhile our latest podcast is about the possibility of working anywhere in the world if all you need is a laptop and the Internet to do your job. Intrigued? Listen to Digital nomads and see how it can be done. As always we hope our business podcasts are of interest to our regular listeners too!
We have one of our pie videos this month - that's our 80th! This time you can follow us on The trip we took recently in the car. Where did we go? What did we see? Watch / listen and find out! This is for level 1.
Our second podcast is also about travelling, but not on the road. We talk about what we like about travelling on Waterways by boat. There's a bonus podcast for our members; this is for level 3.
Our third podcast is called The big five. No, we didn't go to Africa on safari! We talk about the impressive wild land mammals of Europe and what is happening to them. This is for level 2.
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
Viktoriya, who comes from Russia, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was b) the world's most expensive sport.
For this month's quiz just answer this easy question: How does Jackie describe the autumn? Is it a) the coldest season, b) the prettiest season, or c) the most romantic season? The answer is in this level 1 podcast: The fall.
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)