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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
Competition to win free pie membership

This time of the year our TV is full of adverts for booking a summer holiday. Perhaps we have that in mind because our latest two podcasts are about London which really is a great place to visit! For level 2 we have Landmarks unvisited where we talk about the top tourist places we haven't seen. For level 1 we have British icons: The Thames, London's famous river has lots to see and do, we really recommend a trip there! If you are going you should also watch our beginners level video London transport and discover the best way to see the capital.

We have also updated our beginners level. Our theme this time is parts of the body and height. Are all top athletes very tall? There is a video that goes with the podcast, so listen or watch Tall or short? to find the answer!

Meanwhile of course our Podcasts of the month have changed so do pop over to the levels pages and have a look at the sidebar. One of our favourites is The dig, a level 3 podcast about the amazing finds under our feet!

There are also Podcasts for April including The Taj Mahal. This is a level 2 pie vid for International Day of Monuments, 18 April. But there are more, do go and have a look!

Remember that while most podcasts are free, podcasts 1 - 99 are for members only. Each podcast has essential transcripts, worksheets and extra materials for teachers and learners and with over 2000 to choose from, so Join pie now!

Good luck learning or teaching English in 2024.

Richard and Jackie
The pie team

Competition time

Marko from Germany was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said that the answer was c) the bumper cars.

For this month's quiz just answer this question:

Which birds did they see on the border? Were they a) vultures, b) eagles, or c) storks? The answer is in this level 1 video: The trip.

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!

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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 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.

paypal Using PayPal (pdf 60KB) How to find your pie log in details and how to cancel your subscription. For everyone.

listen Listening to the podcasts (pdf 23KB)Ten top listening tips to help you to listen to and understand real conversations. For members.

watch Watching the videos (pdf 23KB)Eight great ideas on how you can watch the videos and understand the podcasts better. For members.

webquests Using the webquests (pdf 205KB)An explanation of the words and phrases we use on our webquests. For members.

webquests Natural spoken English 1 (pdf 55KB)Tasks to help you recognise the key features of natural spoken English. For members.

natural spoken English 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 700 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 (top, right). Three, by browsing the new lists of podcasts which we have compiled for each level:

Level 1 list
Level 2 list
Level 3 list

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 January 2024)