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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 Competition to win free pie membership
At last, for us at least, the summer is over which means we have some autumnal Podcasts of the Month. There's The fall for level 1 and Mushrooms for level 2. For level 3 we have Sue talking about her Fear of flying. These can be found in the sidebar for the levels.
October has lots of special days and we have podcasts for most of them including Looking is seeing (World Sight Day is 13 October) and City life (UN World Cities day is 31 October). Plus, of course, we have a podcast and video for Hallowe'en. Check out the sidebar on the levels page for these and more!
Meanwhile, the first podcast for October is a level 2 podcast about food. But this time we're not talking about eating it. In What's cooking? Richard talks about what things he can make in the kitchen. Is he any good? Listen and find out! And do tell us about the things you can cook, we love hearing from our listeners.
Our second podcast is all about Our favourite things. Which things are special to us, and why? Listen and find out! And of course, tell us about your favourite things too. There is a song and worksheet for this podcast too.
Look out for another podcast this month. However, with over 540 podcasts on the site how can you find what you are looking for? Remember we have a set of lists to help you: one for each level and one for Special Days.
And for our teachers we have a fantastic resource to supplement all our podcasts. It's Take a text. We provide the listenings but this invaluable document gives you 30 activities to use with readings.
Remember you can always keep up with our latest news, which includes information about podcasts we think will interest you, by liking our Facebook page. Leave a comment, we love hearing from our listeners.
All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2019!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Lina, who is an English teacher in Belgium, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was a) spinning and dyeing.
For this month's quiz just answer this question: What did the ancient Egyptians use baking soda for? Was it for a) cooking, b) cleaning their teeth, or c) paintings? The answer is in this level 2 podcast: Baking soda.
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)