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Take a text 30 activities for teachers to use with reading texts
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How to find a specific podcast
December news and
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We really can't believe that December is here already and that includes all the preparations for Christmas. Thankfully for the teachers and learners of English who use this site the Christmas podcasts are all ready and waiting for you. And what a lot! The sidebar is choc-a-block with festive podcasts. We have Figgy pudding for level 1 where we talk about Christmas meals eaten in different parts of the world. We have O Christmas tree! for level 2 which explains the reason we have a tree inside the house at this time of the year. Plus, for level 3, Peter talks about his Christmases past and present in Jingle bells . However, there are many more so have a look!
Plus we have a load of Podcasts of the month. Many of these are related to the season too including Toys, toys, toys for level 1, Whose turn is it? (which is all about board games) for level 2, plus a video of us skiing last year for level 3: On the piste. However, there are more of these too so check out the sidebars.
We start the month though with a look at the falling standards in the English language with Open Sunday's This is for level 3. There'll be one more podcast this month, no doubt another Christmas advert for you to watch and enjoy.
We take this opportunity to wish our listeners and members a great festive season, however you celebrate. We really look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.
All the very best for learning or teaching English!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Daniela, who comes from Italy, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was a) his telescope.
For this month's quiz just answer this question: How does Richard describe winter? Is it a) cold, sunny, fun; b) snowy, windy, boring; or c) cold, grey, wet. The answer is in this level 1 podcast: Winter blues.
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 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 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)