Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
Last month will sadly be remembered for two awful fires and so we talked about The firefighters! These are people, we are glad to say, who we would never complain about. But what does make us annoyed? Listen to our first podcast for the month. A level 2 podcast called Bugbears and find out.
Our second podcast is for our business listeners but we hope everyone will enjoy it. We look at the growing trend of having your Pets at work. Listen and find out the pros and cons, and do tell us what you think of the idea!
Also look out for our special 'podcasts of the month'. For level 1 we have Portugal all year round, listen to us talk about the interesting places to visit in Portugal every season of the year. For level 2 we have one of our favourite pie videos: The Kyoto box. watch and find out what that is. And for level 3 we celebrate World Chocolate Day with Chocolate, yay! which is 7 July.
Of course it's the summer here so look out also for our summer podcasts in the sidebar - lots of fun and sunshine to be found there!
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 Mario, who comes from Italy for winning last month's competition. He correctly said that the Beatles wrote 300 songs. Now another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
What temperature does Jackie say it is when she's using the Kyoto Box? Is it a) 40, b) 45 or c) 50 degrees? The answer is in this level 2 podcast The Kyoto box. 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!
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!
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.
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.