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
A music video starring the Defense Attorneys Parentheses and Brackets. They're here to provide more context to things we think we already know.
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
"A Letter to My Daughter", written and performed by Luka Lesson. You are the sound of a birds wings unfurling the twitching of feathers hovering above the shadows Shimmering light reflecting off the waves in the bay of hope And when you are born and you grow up I will have to bring to you a warning There will be men who bring shotgun tongues into peaceful houses who drink just to float with the empty bottles above their own histories who carry manhood like a dead wolf slain across their shoulders Men who say that the shortest distance between two opinions is a clenched fist Who frequent bars just to speak to each other in voices louder than their own demons no man can shout louder than his demons My daughter there will be men who take maximum credit for making minimum effort My daughter if history teaches us anything Your great-great-grandmother visits me in dreams she is always wearing black she appears to me with the ghosts of women who were stoned in the villages who were burned in the town squares abandoned by their husbands or exiled by their fathers women who had to raise sons who they knew would one day raise their fists against the town’s daughters ? ??? ??? ?????? ??? She tells me every man must face his forefathers sins wilfully unpack the boxes of the false prophets unpick the patterns of power un-ball his fists decorate his own palms in heritage and humility or risk a forced reckoning My daughter I’ve seen my own karma as a man frozen like a tsunami mid-surge above the roof of our house I’ve seen the wounded inheritance the hurt I’ve caused etched beneath my skin my mistakes sit like sediment heavy in my lungs and I’m still learning how to speak them But you you’re the sound of a bell chiming the sound of the universe turning in a spiral Your great great grand-mother visits me in dreams she’s always wearing black but she is always turning soil sowing seeds in the dirt for you helping us cultivate a clean tomorrow 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.
An animated version of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream”; a retelling of the classic play set to modern music.
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
Discover Dobson’s poignant reflection on her grandmother, Amy Caroline. Dobson offers a lively and quirky description of Amy Caroline. She always had time for others and loved caring for the birds and flowers. But life hasn’t always been easy for Amy Caroline. Dobson has a deep respect for her grandmother’s resilience through all kinds of hardship. 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
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
'Anonymous', a poem written and performed by Luka Lesson. They say “come follow me, follow me" but they've forgotten that their prophecy is probably what's killing us all economies are costing me commodities accosting me constantly stopping the cacophony from calling for autonomy Impossible but possibly they got a free lobotomy the truth is often a collective oddity or anomaly And there's nothing exceptional really stopping me honestly I'm part of your astronomy like Ptolemy Equality has honestly gotten to be abolished and polished off like it's porridge now protestants hate the Pontiff don't bother me 'til we're on it and consciousness is upon us until the prophets are in my college and Anonymous my monarchy Man I get it - forget it don't embellish their letters presently your pestering my presence you're pathetic you're 7/11 in my memory I see your pedigree I see enemies as amphetamines that never enter me I haven't finished not submitting or being diminished I'm committed to admitting everything ever been hidden so you listen to my mission in collision with my spirit I'm admitting all my sinning and I'm giving no apology /// I’ve been to every gritty little village and city I’ve seen milli little kids without a penny in pity they're paying a pittance to the peasants to keep 'em skinny I’m trying to spread the message but it’s killing like Achilles Still spitting on the corner from California to Sydney speaking on the borders of paranormal and really and even if nobody is celebrating my victory my letters are spreading like confetti throughout the city Along all meridians kids by the millions living in the slums skin mostly obsidian family Abbyssinian African or Indian even in Australia Indigenous resilience. I’m waiting on the senate I hope to finally get it I’m waiting on the people to vote and finally vet it I’m waiting on the parliament to grow and develop I think it’s time we stop the whining and finally pay repentance But I’m not holding my breath I mean I’ve got a cold shoulder to stretch I mean I’ve got a boulder on my back and my neck 'cause It feels like holding up the Atlas when rapping my text /// They tell me I - coulda been a rapper but this shoulda woulda coulda isn’t action and actually it’s the rapper in me that keeps preaching in patterns thinking back to when I rapped on the streets for practice That's when I’d freestyle for no change no joke got no gains blew up - no propane no-one knew no names 'cause I didn’t really smoke or blow trees or coke dream so I wasn’t "in with the scene" I just hoped my lyrics would light fires and see if the right guy would hear it the right time and gimme a life-line Now I’m a zeitgeist hitting a typewriter poetry pied piper killing the mic I don’t need to be signed I believe in my sci-fi: a kid with the right mind can rocket it sky high. Half biggie / half hippie with tie-dye - turnin pipe dreams into pipelines Half elegant half Pastor/Reverend paragraph art peddlin fountain pen veteran and to the death of him weathered by every the element and every lesson is a blessing on my pen again Show Less
'Antidote', written and performed by Luka Lesson. In Ancient Greece healers used to keep snakes they’d let them live beneath the beds of the sick because they believed that snakes represented change, renewal and healing Now in Greek the word for poison is ‘φαρμάκι’ but the word for medicine is ‘φάρμακο’ like pharmacy because inside the poison is where we find the antidote And they say - "Live by the sword, die by the sword" but the word "sword" has the word "word" in it because our words can be the antidote So much so that we can retell history I retell my past in any way I choose to I even called my last terrible break up 'the best thing that ever happened to me' Sometimes I rewrite proverbs just to prove the point Like, it’s not - "The bigger they are the harder they fall" It’s actually - The smaller they are, the harder they brawl And it’s not - "Behind every great man is an even greater woman" It’s actually - In front of every great woman stands a mediocre man who just gets all the credit And - You can lead a horse to water... but they’re very hard to drown And - You should keep your friends close, and your enemies... as far away as possible Unless you want their poison to teach you how to cure yourself You see this poem is for the snakes because every time they bite they leave a drop of the antidote inside me I extract the medicine hang it around my neck in a vial the shape of survival carved out of the time I broke that red neck kid’s nose in Musgrave Park when I was 15 I broke my pinky knuckle when I did it though I guess that was his antidote to my poison See this life is a snake eating its own tail in a cycle constantly shedding its skin dying and reinventing killing and giving life and unlocking its jaw every now and then to eat something bigger than itself We all need to learn how to eat concepts bigger than ourselves sometimes My friend went into chemotherapy this week her son shaved her head I took her beanie shopping we bought two one was green and the other survival afterwards we had dinner and she asked me all about my problems I spoke so much about myself the cancer almost disappeared Jack she calls it, is a blind date with a parasite who couldn’t finish his own meal it’s not her time the poison the doctors give her will kill her just enough to keep her alive and she’ll live long enough to make it look like it was medicine the whole time And the whole time she’ll keep telling herself I am surviving I will survive this I am surviving I will survive this Because she knows that while they say "Live by the sword, die by the sword" It also means - "Live by the word, die by the word" Which also means - Live by the sword, die by the sword Because your tongue is the Excalibur stuck in the rock of your mouth most of us spend our whole lives trying to pull it out learn how to use it properly try not to swallow it by mistake but still carve a name for ourselves inside of ourselves That’s why we need to keep speaking our truths like - Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish... and he’ll build a billion-dollar industry that’ll cause thousands of aquatic species to become extinct or To have and to hold in sickness and in health until divorce do us part or even my headstone when it reads: Resting In Peace but Resurrected In Poetry. 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.