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Take a text 30 activities for teachers to use with reading texts
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How to find a specific podcast
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Competition to win free pie membership
June! So soon?! The year seems to be whizzing past at a tremendous speed, perhaps because we have both been so busy!
The Podcasts of the Month have been changed of course. For level 1 we have Creepy crawlies the summer months always bring out the insects. For level 2 we have one of our pie vids: Geocaching. Watch or listen and find out what that's all about. For level 3 we pack some sandwiches and a flask and head outside for a Picnic. Come and join us!
We also have a lots of podcasts for the special days this month. Podcasts for June includes no fewer than 3 of our videos. Coming soon is World Environment Day which means an excuse to watch The Kyoto Box. World Ocean's Day you can go Whale watching and Stop me and buy one is for UK Bike Week. Full details of these, and others, are all in the sidebar on the levels pages. Have a look!
We start this month talking about something we all do: shopping for clothes. But do we buy our clothes the same as everyone else?! You are what you wear is a level 1 podcast.
The highlight of the summer so far must be Euro 2020, we are both so excited It's footie time! But we are even more excited that this is our 600th podcast. Yes, 600 podcasts on pie! We think that is an amazing achievement. Listen to the podcast: who do we want to win, and will they?!
Good luck learning or teaching English in 2021,
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Louise, from Norway, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said that b) 30 babies are born each year at home in Jersey.
For this month's quiz just answer this question:
When do we say is the best season to visit the Algarve? Is it a) summer, b) autumn or c) winter? The answer is in this level 1 podcast: Portugal all year round.
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)