Tertiary Catalogue

Series: English Skills


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
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
Basic Spelling Rules

Basic Spelling Rules

Sir Professor Teacher has taken the Internet hostage and Bertram has to complete a series of complex spelling challenges to stop him from shutting it down. Along the way Bertram relies on helpful spelling rules for vowel pairs, suffixes, compound...Show More
Bias in the Media

Bias in the Media

Do you find yourself getting all hot under the collar because of media bias? Well, Bertram Poppingstock knows exactly how you feel. Watch as he wages a one man war against biased reporting in print and electronic media, explaining to us mere...Show More
Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?

Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?

This video equips students with strategic skills to analyse and easily spot fake news. It explores how to perform a visual check of an app or website, conduct reverse image searches and look for unusual domain extensions or misspelled words and...Show More
Can You Spot Fake News?

Can You Spot Fake News?

This engaging video tests what students have learned from the ‘Fake News’ series by checking their ability to distinguish real news from fake news. It includes ‘news’ such as clickbait from ELLE magazine, Russia releasing lions into the...Show More
Capitals, Commas, Full Stops, Question and Exclamation Marks

Capitals, Commas, Full Stops, Question and Exclamation Marks

Many people have problems using punctuation marks correctly. Recent technological developments such as email, text messages and online instant messaging have required many English expressions to be simplified and shortened, prompting many people...Show More
Colons, Semicolons, Brackets, Dots and Dashes

Colons, Semicolons, Brackets, Dots and Dashes

Punctuation is something many people have trouble getting their heads around. This programme provides a comprehensive guide to proper punctuation. We examine some common punctuation errors and pitfalls, and explain how to improve our written...Show More
Fairy Tale Narrative and Structure: Hansel and Gretel

Fairy Tale Narrative and Structure: Hansel and Gretel

This programme includes the tale of Hansel and Gretel, followed by a ten minute presentation that uses examples from the story to analyse the narrative structure in terms of: * Orientation * Complication * Sequence of Events * Resolution and Theme.
Handwriting Tips

Handwriting Tips

This engaging clip provides clear and precise instructions to students who wish to develop fluency and neatness in their handwriting. A difficult skill to master, handwriting requires practice of simple, repeatable exercises such as those...Show More
How Is Fake News Created?

How Is Fake News Created?

This video examines common ways of creating fake news, such as maintaining a website that hosts misleading articles and using social media accounts and chatbots to increase traffic. It also explores the common reasons Fake News is generated and...Show More
Improving Your Reading Vocabulary

Improving Your Reading Vocabulary

When Bertram’s nemesis Sir Professor Teacher plants a bomb in the school’s boiler system, it’s up to Bertram and his favourite customer Polly to use their knowledge of vocabulary and reading strategies in order to make sense of a partly...Show More
Improving Your Writing Vocabulary

Improving Your Writing Vocabulary

Bertram is invited to his former school to make a speech about improving vocabulary when writing. But when his most loyal customer Polly and his robot sidekick Vocab-Bot find him in a trance induced by the diabolical Sir Professor Teacher, they...Show More
Information Report Writing Skills

Information Report Writing Skills

Our impulsive, feisty 13 year old, Pip, has convinced the fast food loving principal that the canteen food could do with a face lift. Pip must now write an information report on nutrition, together with a case study of a terrific school canteen....Show More
Izzy Learns about Clauses

Izzy Learns about Clauses

When Izzy struggles to organise all of her great ideas for her school's 'grammar battle' about whether cats or dogs are better, Elmore enthusiastically offers helpful tips on how to construct effective sentences. Understanding various clause...Show More
Izzy Learns Abstraction and Technical Language

Izzy Learns Abstraction and Technical Language

Izzy and Elmore are both preparing speeches they have to give at upcoming conventions. It’s a perfect opportunity for Elmore to help Izzy improve her presentation by employing techniques for academic and technical writing. Abstraction,...Show More
Izzy Learns Modality and Nominalisation

Izzy Learns Modality and Nominalisation

Elmore is trying to construct the perfect movie trailer and Izzy wants to win an upcoming school debate. The secret to success might just lie in their abilities to use high modality language and nominalisation to improve the persuasiveness and...Show More
Oral Presentation

Oral Presentation

The advantage and benefits of effective communication skills in general are highlighted as a foundation on which to build confidence in Oral Presentation. Proper breathing, posture and concentration skills are demonstrated. The importance of...Show More
Punctuation

Punctuation

This video explores basic grammar questions for 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?!...Show More
Punctuation: Advanced Uses

Punctuation: Advanced Uses

This programme covers the following areas: special uses of the comma; colon; semi-colon; dash; parenthesis; brackets; multiple punctuation; and hyphen.
Punctuation: Capitalisation

Punctuation: Capitalisation

The incorrect use of capital letters can be confusing. Moreover, it can, in certain situations, result in perhaps the most insulting kind of punctuation error known to literate society. This programme explains when and where to use capital...Show More
Punctuation: Italics

Punctuation: Italics

The correct use of italics can be very important. For example, if you were writing about Othello, you would have to be careful to italicise the name of the play whenever you meant the play and not the character of the same name. This video...Show More
Punctuation: Numbers

Punctuation: Numbers

One of the trickiest aspects of good punctuation is knowing when to write "2nd" and when to write "second"- or when to write "60" and when to write "sixty". This video will help students make better choices when they come to represent numbers in...Show More
Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure

This video 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...Show More
Spelling for Effect

Spelling for Effect

Bertram’s video blog about spelling for humour and characterisation doesn’t seem very popular – until one of his fans invites him to do a stand-up comedy routine! But when Bertram goes missing, his friends Polly and Vocab-bot must follow...Show More