Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
Another month full of exciting events and lots of podcasts about them too. In fact our first podcast of the month goes with World Maths Day which is 7 March: It doesn't add up! This is for level 1, there are some fun maths problems to be found on the extra worksheet.
Before then is World Wildlife Day (3 March), we have lots of podcasts for that including one of our pie videos about the Wild orchids that grow near us. Look at the sidebar for these, plus look out for podcasts for the Oscars, International Women's Day, World Poetry Day, International Day of Forests, World Meteorological Day and Easter! These will all be highlighted on our Facebook page too so make sure you follow us!
We also have our podcasts of the month in the sidebar. It's spring (hurrah!) so Jackie is busy in The veg patch so listen to this level 1 podcast about growing things. For level 2, Sue tells us all her latest news in Catching up and for level 3, Nicky talks about her new, and perhaps dangerous, hobby in Don't look down.
Meanwhile, The six nations rugby tournament continues, listen to this podcast about the game.
Remember to write to us if you have any ideas or suggestions for podcasts, we love hearing from our listeners. All the very best for learning or teaching English in 2018!
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Ahmed Ragab, who comes from Egypt, won last month's competition. He correctly said the answer was c): Amy won a gold medal for Great Britain in 2010 with the skeleton. Now another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
What do Jackie and Richard say about their neighbours? Is the answer a) they are unfriendly, b) they are friendly or c) they have no neighbours? The answer is in this level 1 podcast Home sweet home. 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! Answers by the end of the month.
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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
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.