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'Big Gay Rainbow' – NZ Parliament

'Big Gay Rainbow' – NZ Parliament

An entertaining speech is typically brief, memorable, positive, straightforward and upbeat. Occasionally, humorous and engaging speeches are given in serious circumstances. In 2013 New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson gave an unorthodox...Show More
1984 in Context

1984 in Context

The period leading up to and following World War II saw both communist and fascist leaders rise to power in Europe. Economic depression and the propaganda prevalent during WWII shaped perspectives on life in Britain during the Cold War period....Show More
A Christmas Carol in Context

A Christmas Carol in Context

Victorian England was heavily shaped by the Industrial Revolution. While some prospered in this society, many others lived gruelling industrial lives from which Christmas offered only a brief reprieve. This programme explores the influences on...Show More
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

There are many themes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Explore the main themes of appearance and reality, and order and disorder - looking at how they affect characters and influence the story.
A Short History of the English Language

A Short History of the English Language

English, an incredibly rich and complex language, also has the largest vocabulary. This program provides an overview of four key periods in the chronological history of the English language and how events in each period shaped the words,...Show More
A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

By the mid-20th century, New Orleans had gone from a city modernised by the Jazz Age to a hub of poverty and crime. While middle-class Americans thrived, poor and marginalised segments of the population continued to struggle. This video explores...Show More
Acting in Film

Acting in Film

In ‘Animal Kingdom’, David Michôd’s casting choices make the characters all the more chilling and compelling to watch. In ‘The Dressmaker’, actors’ experiences, talents and natural inclinations are given room to shine. This programme...Show More
Adjectives

Adjectives

Learn what an adjective is and how to properly use one.
Advanced Debating Skills

Advanced Debating Skills

This programme discusses the fundamental issues in preparing and delivering a good debate: including: preparation, rebuttal, definitional terms and adjudication.
Adverbs and Adverbials

Adverbs and Adverbials

Learn what adverbs and adverbials are and how to use them properly.
Advertising in the Digital Age

Advertising in the Digital Age

Do you know when and where are you being targeted for marketing? It may be more often and in more places than you think. Features interviews with cutting-edge advertising and media professionals who give an overview of how to navigate new media...Show More
Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland explained like never before. In seven short minutes students will learn about Lewis Carroll, the real Alice and important background information about the book and the times in which it was written. Theme,...Show More
Alice through the Looking Glass

Alice through the Looking Glass

Let Miss Reegi help your students (literally) 'walk through' Lewis Carroll’s layered and fantastic classic 'Alice through the Looking Glass'. Visual and engaging, this video is a a perfect fit for the classroom with an entertaining look at...Show More
Alliteration

Alliteration

Students will discover what alliteration is and the impacts of this figurative language device on poetry using the poem ‘Wise Wahoo’ by teacher Jon. They will also learn why the device is used in poetry and be invited to experiment with the...Show More
Analysing and Appreciating Poetry

Analysing and Appreciating Poetry

Poetry has long been a means to express observations, opinions, emotions and ideas. In Analysing and Appreciating Poetry, explore some of the formats and devices of poetry, and uncover an appreciation for the use of language and theme. Classic...Show More
Analysing Fiction

Analysing Fiction

Thinking deeply about a book, pondering its meaning and trying to understand how the author went about writing it is what analysing fiction is all about! Join our hosts as they investigate the many different stylistic choices that an author can...Show More
Analysing Non-Fiction

Analysing Non-Fiction

In literature, when your purpose is to really dig into a subject and get to the facts of the matter, non-fiction is where it's at! Join our hosts in an exploration of all things non-fiction, from primary and secondary sources to a survey of the...Show More
Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Led by an engaging presenter with a touch of dark humour, this programme explores the context, characters, themes and writing style of Orwell's popular classic. Animal Farm: Context and Background Part biography, part history lesson, this clip...Show More
Annoyances and Complaints

Annoyances and Complaints

This programme aims to initiate conversations about complaints using appropriate lexis, sentence structure and grammar points. Particular emphasis is placed on the complaints that students might have at school, in shared accommodation, at home,...Show More
Antonyms and Synonyms

Antonyms and Synonyms

Learn what antonyms and synonyms are and how to use them when you are writing.
Apostrophes

Apostrophes

Learn about apostrophes and how to properly use them when writing.
Apostrophes and Quotation Marks

Apostrophes and Quotation Marks

Some of the most misused and misunderstood pieces of punctuation are also the smallest. This programme provides a practical review of two important punctuation marks - apostrophes and speech marks. We begin with the troublesome apostrophe - its...Show More
Appearance versus Reality

Appearance versus Reality

All is not as it seems in young Philip Pirrip’s world. Trace the densely woven theme of appearance versus reality through Great Expectations and gain a greater appreciation of Dickens’ thematic and stylistic craftsmanship. This programme...Show More
Applying Spelling Rules

Applying Spelling Rules

Engrossed in solving a crossword puzzle, Bertram fails to notice when the evil Sir Professor Teacher kidnaps his loyal customer Polly. Forced to participate in a Deadly Spelling Bee to save her, Bertram has to rely on his knowledge of word...Show More
Audience Engagement

Audience Engagement

Ruling the planet isn’t quite the piece of cake Eve expected. The crew is battling cabin fever and Eve needs to prepare a ceremonial message for Universe Day with no time to spare. Will a crash course in audience engagement be enough to help...Show More