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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

June news and
Competition to win free pie membership

June? So soon?! It's been a very busy time for us because, yet again, we moved house! We are hoping though that this will be for the last time. Did you see the last podcast we made about The builders who are doing all the work? This is a level 1 podcast. Up until now we were renting a small house. We made a video about that for the beginners' level: Feel at home.

We have new Podcasts of the Month. For level 1 we have Spanish seaside rules. Planning a trip to Spain this summer? Here's some advice about what to do and not do! For level 2 we have Take the train, not the plane. Planning a flight this summer? We ask you to think about going by rail instead. For level 3 we have Pick a pocket or two. Planning a holiday for the summer? More good advice for your trip abroad.

Meanwhile our first podcast for June is one of our videos for the beginners' level. This time we talk about the underwater giant, the blue whale. Listen to The big blue and find out why it is just so amazing.

And do remember to send us some suggestions for things we can talk about. With over 680 podcasts on the site it's difficult to come up with new ideas, and we love hearing from our listeners.

Good luck learning or teaching English in 2024.

Richard and Jackie
The pie team

Competition time

Nick from Indonesia was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said that the answer was c) 18.

For this month's quiz just answer this question:

Where does Richard say we eat our meals? Is it a) in front of the TV, b) at the table, or c) on the sofa? The answer is in this beginners' level video: Feel at home.

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 9 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 700 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 (top, right). 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 January 2024)