Explore basic grammar questions with Life Sentence

2 mins read
Edwina Baden-Powell

Learners who struggle with basic grammar principles in upper primary, secondary school, college and adult institutions will benefit from this informative, light-hearted take on sentence construction. Follow Gil T. Mann as he attempts to prove his innocence while battling with the rules for clear written communication in English.

Sentence Structure

This video for learners from Year 10 to adult explores the basic concept of sentence structure. Gil T. Mann is very close to learning the result of his court trial. The sentence structures contained in his written statement will determine whether he is found guilty, or just plain Gil T. Learners from secondary school age up to adulthood will benefit from this humorous exploration of simple, complex, and run-on sentences, and the value of the humble conjunction.

Series: Life Sentence
Production Year: 2019
Audience: Primary, Secondary, TAFE
Subject: English

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Sentence Structure is one episode in our three-part series exploring basic grammar questions for learners. See more videos in the series below:


This video explores basic grammar questions for older learners: When should you use a comma? How do you use quotation marks in your writing to show someone else is speaking? And what on earth is the difference between a colon and a semi-colon, anyway?! Many learners from secondary school age up to adult struggle with these basic grammar concepts. Gil T. Mann shares the same frustrations as he fumbles his way through his written defence statement in court. Will he be able to correctly punctuate his innocence?


Verbs: Tense & Number Agreement

Learners from Year 10 to adult can struggle with conjugation and tense agreement. It all sounds like utter linguistic jargon to Gil T. Mann. But these are actually core grammar concepts we use every day when writing English. Gil quickly learns the importance of matching the number of nouns with the correct conjugation of a verb, as well as using consistent verb tenses to get his meaning across on the stand. Will he learn quickly enough to get himself out of trouble?

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