Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
It's cold, wet and windy but it's the last of the winter months for us and we are already looking forward to the spring. We hope you are looking forward to this month on pie as we have lots for you!
We start the month by talking about an everyday thing, but it's something that many people spend a lot of time and money on: their hair. Listen to us talking about how much we spend on ours in Hair today, gone tomorrow! and see how important it is to us.
Along with brushing their hair something else that many people do every day is sing. But what about the pie team? Do they sing? Can they sing?! Listen to Sing, sang, sung and find out! And what about you, do you like singing? We have, of course, a song and song worksheet to go with this podcast.
For our business listeners this month we look at how robots, and robotics, have changed the look the manufacturing industry. This podcast, The rise of the machine is the first in a two part series on automation. Has your job been affected?
This month we have four podcasts of the month, they are for Pancake day (February 28th) and Valentine's day (February 14th). For level 1 we have Pancake day, this is one of our pie videos and shows you how to make them, delicious! For level 2, we talk about different idioms for love in Head over heels. And for level 3 listen to us talking first to Sandra in Relationships (why she finds them so tricky) and then to Jane in Happily ever after (she writes romantic fiction).
Plus the Oscar ceremony is on February 26th this year and we have loads of podcasts about the cinema. Our favourite is perhaps Cowboy country which is one of our pie videos of our trip to the film set of some classic Westerns. Check out the sidebar for four more movie podcasts!
As always do write to us if you have any suggestions for the site, or if there are any topics you would like to listen to, we love hearing from our listeners!
We hope everyone has a successful 2017 teaching or learning English,
Richard and Jackie
The pie team
Well done Ahmed, who comes from Morocco, for winning last month's competition. He correctly said Richard's answer was c) Afghanistan (which was wrong of course. Malala is from Pakistan).
Now another listener can win FREE pie membership by answering this question: How many apps does Karin have on her phone? Is it about a) twenty, b) fifty or c) eighty? The answer is in this level 2 podcast Not just a phone. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and where you are from. One winner gets free pie membership for 3 months. Good luck!
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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
Over 400 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:
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.