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Competition time why not try and win free membership?
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

November news and
Competition to win free pie membership

Bonfire night, 5th November, is one of our podcasts / videos for the special days of the month ahead. We also have Poppy Day, (Remembrance Day is 11 November) a level 2 podcast where we explain why a simple wildflower can have so much meaning; this includes a poem. We look at some incredible facts from The Great War, this is also for level 2. Plus we have A podcast about poo (World Toilet Day is 19 November) for level 3! But we have more for later in the month so check the sidebar in a few weeks' time.

Check out the highlighted podcasts of the month too: Household chores for level 1 (also a pie vid), A mouse in the house for level 2 and Liquid gold (it's over 10 years since we did our first olive harvest!). This level 3 podcast also has a pie vid.

Meanwhile in our first podcast for November we have another podcast in our Life before the Internet series, for level 2. This time we talk about Letter writing, just how did we correspond with friends and family before emailing and social media?!

Our second podcast for the month is all about getting rid of our Clutter! We talk about why we need to tidy the house and throw things away (but is it possible?!).

Our third podcast this month is all about food labelling and the use of Marketing buzzwords to make us buy products. But how useful are they, and are they truthful or misleading? We need to know!

Good luck learning or teaching English in 2021,

Richard and Jackie
The pie team

Competition time

Maria Elena, from Italy, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the first postboxes appeared in c) Jersey.

For this month's quiz just answer this question:

Who did James I make life very difficult for? Was it a) the French, b) Catholics, or c) women? The answer is in this level 1 podcast / video: Bonfire night.

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 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

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:

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 July 2021)