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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
September news and
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We do hope that you had some kind of holiday this year. For our Podcasts of the month we remember a nice holiday we had a few years ago, and the worksheets help you to talk about your trip too. Nice holiday? is for level 1. For level 2 we talk about different ways of eating food, do you use a Knife, fork and spoon or something else? For level 3 Jackie notices the difference between the UK now and when she was last there, 10 years ago, in Then and now. Plus Sue talks about why she called the fire brigade in Dial 999.
September sees a return of London Fashion Week. We have four podcasts about clothes or fashion for that but our favourite is A regency gentleman. Watch the video and find out what's so fascinating about Zack. The other podcasts can all be found in the sidebar of the level pages so go and have a look!
We start the month with a problem, and a great solution. What a waste! looks at how much food is thrown away each year, but details a great way to prevent that. We really recommend all those who buy food (that's everyone, isn't it?!) or sell it, to check out the information.
Our second podcast this month looks at the reason behind the names of two everyday things, a fruit and a drink: Orange tea. Find out what makes their names so interesting and learn a little history along the way! This is for level 2.
Remember also we have updated the level lists. These are complete lists for levels 1, 2 and 3 to help you find the podcast that interests you. Plus we have updated the Special Days list so you can find podcasts that go with special days of the year. You can find the lists here
Good luck learning or teaching English in 2021,
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Miguel, from Spain, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said that that b) Richard loved making sandcastles when he was little.
For this month's quiz just answer this question:
How does Jackie describe England? Is it a) green and pleasant, b) noisy and crowded or c) expensive? The answer is in this level 3 podcast: Then and now.
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 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.
► 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
Over 600 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 July 2021)