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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
Summer hasn't really started for us in Portugal but we are sure that July is going to be a sizzling month - and we have lots of great summer podcasts waiting for you!
For level 1 we have Summertime... we talk about our favourite season (who doesn't like summer?!). We also have a podcast and video on how to make our favourite summer dessert: Ice cream (who doesn't like ice cream?!) For level 2, we go to France where Sarah tells us that Paris in summer is the best place to be.
We also have loads of Podcasts of the month. The first, for level 1, is Breakfast. We talk about what we eat for the most important meal of the day. For level 2, Helen tells us what Creature comforts she's missing while living abroad. There are also some podcasts for special days in July. The 3 July is No Plastic Bag Day and we have two level 3 podcasts for that including Just say no. For chocolate lovers (who doesn't like chocolate?!) we celebrate World Chocolate Day (7 July). Check out the sidebar for more!
This month is quite special for us in two ways. First of all we have a family wedding back in the UK and, for Jackie, this is extra special because she has not been back to England for 10 years! So our first podcast is called Then and now. Jackie talks about the differences she saw after a decade away. This is for level 2. Look out for our podcast about the wedding later in the month!
Note that while most podcasts are free, podcasts 1 - 75 are for members only. Why not make 2019 your year to learn English and join pie!
Please write and tell us what you would like us to talk about in the year ahead, we love getting suggestions!
Remember you can always keep up with our latest news, which includes information about podcasts we think will interest you, by liking our Facebook page. Leave a comment, we love hearing from our listeners.
All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2019!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Juan from Spain was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said the answer was a) three years to become a midwife.
For this month's quiz just answer this question: What are the builders doing in the road? Are they a) building a new wall, b) making a new road, or c) putting in new pipes? The answer is in this podcast and video: Big machines.
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 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 500 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 (pdf 156KB)
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 2019)