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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

January news and
Competition to win free pie membership

Well, it's the New Year at last but we're not entirely sure it's happy yet. The UK is now in its third Lockdown and so we start 2021 with a podcast about that, and the restrictions in force to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Our second podcast is another in our life before the Internet. This time we talk about Buying records - actually going to the shops, buying music and taking it home to listen to! Do we think it's easier and better now than in the past?

We have updated the Podcasts of the month sidebar (found on the level pages). These include 2020: the future when Richard made predictions about last year, how many did he get right??! This is for level 1. We have two pie videos: for level 2 Maureen talks to Richard about her holiday home Carob cottage. For level 3 we have a video about our ski trip On the piste. There are more so do check out the sidebar for those.

We have also added other podcasts linked to lockdown which include how to make the most of your time and how to avoid stress. For example Hobbies at home is for level 2 but again check the sidebar for more.

The theme of this month's first podcast was suggested to us by a member. Please do send us your ideas for what we can chat about, we'd love to hear from you especially as we are getting on for 600 podcasts!

We hope this will be a better year and wish everyone good luck for learning or teaching English in 2021.

Richard and Jackie
The pie team

Competition time

Every month one lucky winner gets free pie membership for 3 months. Just answer this question:

Why was the Christmas display in our local village cancelled? Was it because of a) Covid-19, b) the rain or c) there was no electricity? The answer is in this level 2 podcast Happy holidays?

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!

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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.

paypal Using PayPal (pdf 60KB) How to find your pie log in details and how to cancel your subscription. For everyone.

listen Listening to the podcasts (pdf 23KB)Ten top listening tips to help you to listen to and understand real conversations. For members.

watch Watching the videos (pdf 23KB)Eight great ideas on how you can watch the videos and understand the podcasts better. For members.

webquests Using the webquests (pdf 205KB)An explanation of the words and phrases we use on our webquests. For members.

webquests Natural spoken English 1 (pdf 55KB)Tasks to help you recognise the key features of natural spoken English. For members.

natural spoken English 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:

Level 1 list
Level 2 list
Level 3 list

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)