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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
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Competition to win free pie membership
It's that time of the year! Our Podcasts of the month are related to the season including Toys, toys, toys for level 1, Whose turn is it? (which is all about board games) for level 2, plus for level 3: Look before you eat, a podcast about food allergies.
Lucky the teachers and learners of English who use this site wanting Christmas podcasts because they 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! (We particularly like the Christmas adverts and we have three for you to watch and enjoy).
There'll be a few new podcasts too this month so look out for those. However, we are getting up to 600 podcasts on the site so do give us suggestions for things to talk about!
Meanwhile, 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 2021. We are sure it's going to be a better year for everyone.
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Casandra, from Romania, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was a) on her bookcase.
Watch out for this month's competition coming out in a few days!
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 580 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 November 2020)