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Take a text 30 activities for teachers to use with reading texts
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How to find a specific podcast

August news and
Competition to win free pie membership

It's August and unfortunately we, as much of Europe (including the UK!) and other parts of the world, are experiencing some very high temperatures. This means wildfires. We have two level 3 podcasts about this topic. In Fire! Fire! Peter talks about his experience of escaping a forest fire, this includes one of our pie vids. And in The firefighters we salute the brave men and women who do one of the toughest jobs.

Talking of bravery, this is the theme for our latest podcast: Heroism. We question those people who are called heroes, and put forward candidates who really do risk all for others. Who is a real life hero for you?

As always keep an eye on the sidebar for the levels pages where you can find our Podcasts of the month. There are plenty there including: In focus. Robert talks about how photography has changed in his lifetime. And Pam talks about being different in My left hand (International Left Handers Day is 13 August).

Plus we have more summer podcasts this month. For level 1 we talk about The summer hols from our childhoods. For level 2 we try to remember what it was like to travel Before the internet and for level 3 we think you should enjoy the slow life this summer and travel on the Waterways. Listen and find out why canals are the place to be. There are more: have a look!

Good luck learning or teaching English in 2022,

Best wishes

Richard and Jackie
The pie team

Competition time

Thuy, from Vietnam, was the lucky winner of last month's competition. She correctly said that our old orange tent was made of a) cotton.

For this month's quiz just answer this question:

When did Peter see the fire? Was it a) in the morning, b) in the afternoon or c) at night? The answer is in our video Fire! Fire!

Write your answer on our Contact us page. Remember to tell us 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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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 instructions 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 9 Euros.

Students' information worksheets

To help you make the most of the site. There are more information worksheets for teachers on the teachers' page.

paypal Using PayPal (pdf 60KB) How to find your pie log in details and how to cancel your subscription. For everyone.

listen Listening to the podcasts (pdf 23KB)Ten top listening tips to help you to listen to and understand real conversations. For members.

watch Watching the videos (pdf 23KB)Eight great ideas on how you can watch the videos and understand the podcasts better. For members.

webquests Using the webquests (pdf 205KB)An explanation of the words and phrases we use on our webquests. For members.

webquests Natural spoken English 1 (pdf 55KB)Tasks to help you recognise the key features of natural spoken English. For members.

natural spoken English Natural spoken English 2 (pdf 35KB)This worksheet helps you recognise fillers - and encourages you to use them yourself. For members.

Find a podcast

Over 600 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:

Level 1 list
Level 2 list
Level 3 list

And we have podcasts linked to special days throughout the year: Special days list

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. (Lists last updated July 2021)