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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
Whether you like it or not this month will be dominated by a certain sporting spectacular! Luckily we have three podcasts for you including The World Cup which looks at one of the most coveted trophies in sport. Check out the sidebar for more.
In addition to the football we have more podcasts that go with special days in June. There are two, for example, for UK Bike week including our pie video Stop me and buy one. This shows all the amazing things carried on Vietnamese bicycles! Again check out the sidebar on the pages for levels 1,2,3 for links to these podcasts.
Meanwhile, our first podcast for the month is for the business level. Regular listeners will know that both Jackie and Richard are keen on making things. We have podcasts on soap making, carpentry, and cheese making etc. Richard is also keen on making his own beer so we were very interested to learn that in the business world the artisan economy was doing very well indeed.
This is our 499th podcast - next one is 500! If you like our site, and enjoy the podcasts, please like us on Facebook, it really helps to spread the word.
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
Azzurra, who comes from Italy, won last month's competition. She correctly said the answer was a) 5 - 1. Now another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
Where did Jackie and Richard meet? Was it a) Ho Chi Minh City, b) Hoi An or c) Ha Noi? The answer is in this level 1 podcast and video: Stop me and buy one. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know on the Contact us page. Don't forget to include 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.
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!
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.