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 parliamentary speech during a debate to include same-sex couples in the legal definition of marriage. It went viral, making news headlines around the world. This program analyses the language, structure and presentation techniques Williamson uses to achieve his purpose. Show Less
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. This video investigates the inspiration behind and dystopian influences on George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’. It provides a valuable accompaniment to students studying this text. Show Less
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 and Gothic elements of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. It provides a valuable accompaniment to senior English students studying this text. Show Less
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.
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, spelling, pronunciation and grammar of English. We explore the cultural and social influences on Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English and Modern English. Excerpts from 'Beowulf', 'The Canterbury Tales' and Shakespeare illustrate the changing structure of English over time. This is an ideal resource for introducing a vast topic in an accessible and simplified way. Show Less
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 how the idea of the American Dream inspired and influenced Tennessee Williams’ play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. It provides a valuable accompaniment to students studying this text. Show Less
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 explores the important role that acting plays, in order for the audience to connect with the characters on their screen. Show Less
Learn what an adjective is and how to properly use one.
This programme discusses the fundamental issues in preparing and delivering a good debate: including: preparation, rebuttal, definitional terms and adjudication.
Learn what adverbs and adverbials are and how to use them properly.
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 marketing techniques in the digital age, including: - Traditional techniques: review of tried and true advertising techniques. - New media, new techniques: examine how advertising is a mix of new and old, and sometimes anything goes. - Be in control: match your privacy settings to your own privacy standards. Show Less
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, character and literary analysis are spelled out for kids by an engaging teacher who walks through the story – literally! Show Less
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 author, characters, story and plot. Show Less
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 examples from renowned poets from different eras are used to illustrate many different types of poetry and the rich use of figurative language. Discover the benefits of both reading and hearing a poem, and experience the connection between poetry and the world around you. From the rhyme and meter of a sonnet to all the possibilities of free verse, students will enjoy this exploration into one the most expressive forms of literature. Show Less
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 make when creating a work of fiction. Consider examples from authors, such as Gary Paulsen, Sandra Cisneros, Shirley Jackson and others, as you take a close look at mood, tone and point of view to see how they can each shape our understanding of events and characters in a story. Experience figurative language to see how it helps readers to appreciate both the power of language and its beauty. Then, take your understanding and appreciation of fiction to the next level as our hosts explain the many ways in which you can "connect" with a text. Once you begin to analyse fiction, you will find that the end of the book is really a whole new beginning! Show Less
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 many different types of non-fiction writing. Students will discover that an awareness of common features and formats is helpful when looking for specific information. In addition, they will learn that there are a variety of factors to consider when critically evaluating a work of non-fiction, such as determining the author's purpose and if the information provided is accurate, verifiable and up-to-date. In Analysing Non-fiction, students will learn that there is much to learn and enjoy when they explore the world of non-fiction literature. Show Less
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 provides an introduction to Animal Farm prior to studying the novel. A concise overview of the Russian Revolution will help readers contextualise the events of the novel. Information on George Orwell's life experiences and beliefs shed light on his motives for writing this powerful classic. Allegory, totalitarianism and communism are explained. Who's who in Animal Farm George Orwell uses animals and farmers to represent key figures and groups from Russian history. This clip provides an overview of who the characters symbolise in the context of the Russian Revolution, with an in depth look at Napoleon, Snowball and Boxer. Quirky and engaging, this is a strong resource which helps learners understand allegorical representations of individuals and groups in literary texts. Animal Farm - Propaganda A key theme explored by George Orwell, this clip looks at what propaganda is and how it is represented in Animal Farm, particularly through the revolutionary song Beasts of England and the seven commandments of Animalism. An analysis of these elements gives learners a better understanding of their purpose in the text, and Orwell's larger critique of totalitarianism. This is an ideal conversation starter about the importance of language and its ability to empower and disempower people. Animal Farm Writing Style The deceptive simplicity of Animal Farm's writing style beautifully illustrates Orwell's literary genius. This clip explores language features (literary devices, archetypes, narrative voice) employed to convey complex ideas in a more straightforward manner. This is an excellent resource for facilitating discussions around text analysis of an author's literary style. Show Less
Learn what antonyms and synonyms are and how to use them when you are writing.
Learn about apostrophes and how to properly use them when writing.
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 origins, functions and the reasons why it remains a necessary part of the English language. The programme provides a detailed look at how to use apostrophes to indicate possession and to spell contractions. We also revise the proper use of quotation (or speech) marks, and examine some common errors in using these tricky punctuation marks in written expression. Show Less
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 considers the notions of expectation, gentility, and success and how they are revealed through the characters and plot of this classic novel. Show Less
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 patterns, acrostics, and word origins to solve the toughest of spelling challenges. Will Sir Professor Teacher finally fail Bertram – or will Polly’s helpful tips save him from total spelling humiliation? Show Less
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 Eve win over the entire universe? Show Less