Welcome to pie plus, our magazine with extra learning worksheets - updated weekly.
It has been a very long, hot summer for us and we are looking forward to cooler weather. So we are not sad about seeing the end of the summer, in fact we are very happy in our first podcast for this month which is called That's funny! We talk about what makes us laugh; listen and find out if these things make you laugh too. This podcast is for level 2.
Our second podcast this month is all about dreaming! Richard talks to Jackie about the dreams he has at night. Do you dream? Do you have dreams like Richard? Listen to Dream on and find out! There is also a song with a worksheet for this podcast too, which is for level 1.
Our third podcast this month is for our business listeners, but of course is relevant to everyone. Cars are great polluters, but what is the cleanest fuel and are we looking at the Death of diesel? What do you think? You may want to re listen to our podcast about The VW scandal too.
Every month we update the 'podcasts of the month' in the sidebar, these are podcasts from our archives we think you should listen to again. For level 1 we talk about our last holiday and help you to talk about yours. It's called Nice holiday? (we hope so!). For level 2, Delia talks about living on the island of Mallorca in Le isla bonita. And for level 3 we join Sue in her kitchen as she tells us why she called the fire brigade in Dial 999.
World Tourism Day is 27 September so we have also added some podcasts about this theme. These include an interview with a travel rep, some strange hotels to stay in plus one of our videos we made while on holiday in Cyprus. None of these are to be missed so check out the sidebar and have a listen!
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 Joaquim, who comes from Spain, for winning last month's competition. He correctly said that New Zealand was Maureen's favourite place to visit. Now another listener can win free pie membership by answering this question:
Which was Jackie's favourite day of the holiday? Was it a) Christmas, b) New Year's Eve or c) New Year's Day? The answer is in this level 3 podcast (and video) Highlights of Cyprus. 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!
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!
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.
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.