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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
So the summer season is over but, don't worry, for our Podcasts of the month we have some autumn podcasts for you. There's The fall for level 1 and Mushrooms for level 2. For level 3 we have Sue talking about her Fear of flying. These can be found in the sidebar for the levels.
October has lots of special days and we have podcasts for most of them including British icons: the postbox, one of our pie videos, (World Post Day is 9 October) and Poor Pluto (World Space Week is 4 - 10 October). But there are many more so do check out the sidebar for these!
PLUS, in the sidebar, we have lots of podcasts about studying for all the levels! Good luck to those returning to school or university.
Meanwhile, first podcast for October is a level 1 podcast about our morning routine. Listen to Good morning! and see how we start the morning. Do write in with your routines too, we love hearing from our listeners.
For our second podcast this month we discuss the merits for both employers and employees of The four-day week. As always we think this podcast, which is for our business listeners, is also suitable for our general listeners too. Who doesn't want to work a four-day week?!
Don't forget our new competition to celebrate recording over 500 podcasts! It's very easy - simply go on our Facebook page and share the photo / post for the competition. You must share this Public (not just with friends) so we can see who has done it. Two lucky winners will win 6 months FREE pie membership! What are you waiting for..?!
You can also keep up with our latest news, which includes information about podcasts we think will interest you, by liking our Facebook page. Leave a comment too 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
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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.