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September news and
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Although it's September, it still feels like summer. This is because it's still very hot where we are. Also we are watching some summer sporting events which usually have finished by now. In particular, we are enjoying the Tour de France, and right now an Englishman is wearing The yellow jersey Listen to this level 3 podcast and find out what all the different coloured jerseys mean.
Usually our podcasts of the month for September have some kind of holiday theme: where we went and what we did. However, most people probably stayed at home this year. Therefore we think Tutor YouTube might be useful to listen to; we ask if it's a good learning tool for those at home. This is for level 3.
A recent level 2 podcast Hobbies at home, may also still be of interest right now. Also this podcast where Scott explains how he deals with life when it gets tough: Stressed out? And if you did stay at home it would be nice to talk about Local beauty spots. We talk about 3 nice places near us, now you can do the same! This is for level 1.
Meanwhile we start the month with another podcast for our British icons theme. This time we talk about monuments: buildings or sites which have some importance to our culture. These are A wall, a bridge and a tower. Can you guess which ones these might be? Listen to our level 3 podcast and find out. And do write and tell us about a special monument near you, we love hearing from our listeners!
Our second podcast this month is on the theme of collecting. We already have a podcast about this topic but this time The collectors are not people! Listen to some animals who have started strange collections!
Our third podcast this month is about the possibility of working anywhere in the world if all you need is a laptop and the Internet to do your job. Intrigued? Listen to Digital nomads and see how it can be done. As always we hope our business podcasts are of interest to our regular listeners too!
Note that while most podcasts are free, podcasts 1 - 75 are for members only. Each podcast has essential transcripts, worksheets and extra materials for teachers and learners and with almost 2000 to choose from, Join pie now!
All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2020!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Zeinab, who comes from Iran, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was a) cherry.
For this month's quiz just answer this easy question: How does Jackie describe the Formula 1 Grand Prix? Is it a) the world's most dangerous sport, b) the world's most expensive sport, or c) the world's fastest sport? The answer is in this level 2 podcast: The Grand Prix.
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 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)