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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
November news and
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Hallowe'en and Bonfire night have both come and gone but there are still plenty of special days for the month ahead. These include Poppy Day (Remembrance Day is 11 November) a level 2 podcast where we explain why a simple wildflower can have so much meaning; there is also a song and worksheet for this podcast. We look at some incredible facts from The Great War as well, this is also for level 2.
Plus we have A podcast about poo (World Toilet Day is 19 November) for level 3, and Watching the box (World TV Day is 21 November). But we have more for later in the month so check the sidebar in a few weeks' time.
Of course a good way of knowing about all the podcasts for the month is by liking our Facebook page. Leave a comment, we love hearing from our listeners.
Meanwhile in our first podcast for November we talk about some friends who are having a real problem finding somewhere new to live. Find out why in Location, location, location this is for level 3. Also, you may have missed our business podcast Michelin stars which came out October 31. Listen and find out the problems both of getting one, and losing one. (Do you go to Michelin starred restaurants?!)
Look out for more podcasts this month. However, with over 540 podcasts on the site how can you find what you are looking for? Remember we have a set of lists to help you: one for each level and one for Special Days.
And for our teachers we have a fantastic resource to supplement all our podcasts. It's Take a text. We provide the listenings but this invaluable document gives you 30 activities to use with readings.
All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2019!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Trung, who comes from Vietnam, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. He correctly said the answer was b) cleaning their teeth.
For this month's quiz just answer this question: Which of these is one of Richard's favourite things? Is it for a) his telescope, b) a pair of his football boots, or c) his motorbike? The answer is in this level 2 podcast: Favourite things.
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 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)