Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
There are loads of special days for June connected with our podcasts. We've had World Environment Day on 5 June and World Oceans' Day on 8 June but we still have The refugees for World Refugee Day on 20 June, The fab four for World Music Day on 21st and let's not forget Why Yoga? for International Day of Yoga, also on 21st June.
If you want to find out which podcasts we have that go with these and other special days (usually UN days) then don't forget we have a list of these here.
Meanwhile, we start the month with a podcast about pets. 40% of households in the UK have pets. Find out about our pets past and present in Four-legged friends In the sidebar you will also find a video about our two dogs in Chalk and cheese. This is one of our Podcasts of the month, have a look at the sidebar for some more.
Our second podcast this month is about a minor accident Richard had. Listen to Whoops! and find out what that was. And have a go at the extra worksheet which has lots of vocabulary for mishaps! This is for level 1.
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 Andrea, who comes from Germany for winning last month's competition. She correctly said that the birds are making their nest in the letter box. Now another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
How many songs does Jackie say the Beatles wrote? Is it a) 300, b) 330 or c) 350? The answer is in the level 2 podcast The Fab Four. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.