Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
With warmer, longer days we definitely have a spring in our steps. One of the reasons we like spring is because we are so lucky to have Wild Orchids growing near us.
This is one of our Podcasts of the Month, and includes one of our pie videos. Find out more about the prettiest season of the year in Spring is in the air. For level 2, Jackie discovers that making cheese from scratch comes with some surprises in Say 'cheese' (which also has one of our pie videos). For level 3, Jackie joins Pam in Yorkshire which is one of our British icons. Listen and find out why it is so lovely.
This month also sees Easter and World Book Day, there are more podcasts and pie videos for these events in the sidebar.
Meanwhile we start the month with one of our business podcasts. We already have one about automation, this one looks at which jobs may be affected. Listen to The rise of the machine 2 and see if your job is at risk.
Our second podcast is all about wearing glasses, something which almost everyone has to do some time in their lives! Listen to some problems Jackie has when she's at the optician's: Looking is seeing.
For our last podcast this month, for level 2, we are looking forward to May Day. Listen to what kind of celebrations to expect if you're visiting the UK, and how much Jackie and Richard enjoy them! Do you celebrate May Day at all?
As always do write to us if you have any suggestions for the site, or if there are any topics you would like to listen to, we love hearing from our listeners!
We hope everyone has a successful 2017 teaching or learning English,
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Well done Ada, who comes from China, for winning last month's competition. She correctly said that the first person in the Vietnam video is carrying plants on their bicycle. This month another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
One of Jackie's favourite authors is William Boyd. Which is her favourite book by him? Is it a) Armadillo, b) Brazzaville Beach or c) An ice-cream war? The answer is in this level 1 video with the A good book podcast. Send your answer to email@example.com with your name and where you are from. One winner gets free pie membership for 3 months. Good luck!
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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 400 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:
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.
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.