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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
April news and
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What a difference a month makes. The world seems to have turned upside down and everything is different. One thing that has changed is the way people eat - no more going to restaurants! So for our first podcast this month we talk about where we eat at home in Take a seat. Are you sitting and eating on the sofa more often now?! This podcast is for level 1.
Some nice things are not changing: Spring is here and that means baby animals are appearing in the countryside. We talk about these in New arrivals. This is one of our podcasts of the month. We also have Spring is in the air where we talk about the prettiest season of the year. Both of these are for level 1. For level 2 we have one of our pie videos: Say cheese! Watch and see how to make cheese; and for level 3 we are forgetting about the virus and heading to Italy. Sue talks about why she loves visiting the country in Forza Italia.
April has lots of special days too. Check out the sidebar on the levels pages to find these which include Under the weather for level 2 (World Health Day is 7 April) and The eagle has landed for level 3 (International Day of Human Space Flight is 12 April). Easter, of course, is in April this year and podcasts include Holy week for level 2 which also has one of our pie videos. There are others and more will be added later in the month; do have a look!
Note that while most podcasts are free, podcasts 1 - 75 are for members only. Why not make 2020 your year to learn English and Join pie!
All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2020!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Martin, who comes from England, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said the answer was a) 25 and 23.
For this month's quiz just answer this question: Does Richard have a) a blocked nose, b) a runny nose or c) a red nose? You can find the answer in this level 2 podcast: Under the weather.
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.
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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 intructions 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)