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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
This is how started last year's August news: "As we write this it is, incredibly, almost 45º C outside". Well, we have no idea what is happening this month, or indeed this summer. Temperatures have hardly gone over 30º C all season, let alone 40. Today we have a maximum of 29º C and it rained this morning!
However, we are sure there are plenty of others who are having a normal summer (if you are in the northern hemisphere that is) and would like to listen to more of our summer podcasts. These include Can you swim? for level 1 and The picnic for level 3. We may not be eating outside but we hope you are!
We have also added to the sidebar more 'podcasts of the month'. For level 1 we have Hotel Alicante, listen to hear if we enjoyed our stay there. For level 2 there is one of our pie videos. Ignore the rain and Come camping with us! Then for level 3 Pam talks about being left-handed in a right-handers' world: My left hand. Left Handers' Day is 13 August.
Meanwhile,we start the month with a great video from the BBC. This is all about Zack, one of Britain's great eccentrics. Watch to find out what makes this young man so unusual in A regency gentleman. This is for level 3.
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
Delma Losa from Spain was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was b) outside the parliament.
For this month's quiz just answer this question: What are our normal summer shoes? Do we a) wear nothing (go barefoot), b) wear flip-flops, or c) wear sandals? The answer is in this podcast: Sun and sandals
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)