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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
As we write this it is, incredibly, almost 45 º C outside. Our last podcast in July was Feeling hot, hot, hot! and it is certainly the case right now! The best thing to do, perhaps, is take a dip. Listen to Can you swim? and hear how we learned to like the water. This is one of our summer podcasts. Check out the sidebar for some more.
We have also added to the sidebar more 'podcasts of the month'. For level 1 we have Hotel Alicante, listen to hear if we enjoyed our stay there. For level 2 there is one of our pie videos. Jackie was lucky to go Whale watching a few years ago, watch to find out what she saw. Then for level 3 Pam talks about being left-handed in a right-handers world: My left hand.
Meanwhile, we start the month talking about one of the countries that make up the UK, and one which has a new sporting star. Listen to The land of the red dragon and find out the name of the country and the star. This is for level 2.
Our second podcast this month has a summer theme - this time we are talking about Summer jobs. Listen to the jobs we did when we were students and hear whether we liked them or not. This is for level 1.
Congratulations go to Davy, who comes from the Netherlands, for winning a copy of Simon's book about Portuguese football. (We interviewed Simon last month about being a professional freelance Sportswriter.) There'll be another competition next month.
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
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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.