Tertiary Catalogue

English Skills


Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Instructions

Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Instructions

Grammar for Writing

To write a recipe that’s easy to understand and follow, it’s important to show the relationships between a series of individual instructions or directions. This video covers how to combine simple commands into compound sentences, using the...Show More
Statements: Presenting Facts and Findings

Statements: Presenting Facts and Findings

Grammar for Writing

When writing a biography, article, report or instruction manual, delivering information in a clear and engaging way is crucial. This video introduces the two most common sentence types found in informative texts—statements and commands—and...Show More
Statements and Commands: Giving Instructions

Statements and Commands: Giving Instructions

Grammar for Writing

A good instructional text needs to get your message across clearly and be easy for readers to follow. This video explains the difference between two sentence types commonly found in informative texts—statements and commands—and how to use...Show More
Simple Sentences: Giving Opinions and Persuading

Simple Sentences: Giving Opinions and Persuading

Grammar for Writing

For letters to the editor, online discussions and essays, being able to express your point of view effectively is very useful. This video highlights that you don't have to use complicated sentences to write a good persuasive text—clear and...Show More
Simple Sentences: Creating Drama and Tension

Simple Sentences: Creating Drama and Tension

Grammar for Writing

A well-written narrative, such as a short story, poem or script, can be exciting, tense and suspenseful. This video illustrates how short, simple sentences can be used to create a different pace and mood in narrative writing, compared to longer...Show More
Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Persuading

Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Persuading

Grammar for Writing

When writing a movie review, it is important to be able to express your opinions and conclusions precisely. This video reinforces that sometimes, it can be more effective to use simple sentences, rather than compound or complex sentences, for...Show More
Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Events

Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Events

Grammar for Writing

When writing a recount, such as a diary entry, you might find yourself needing to show the relationships or connections between ideas. This video explains how to use compound sentences to describe a series of events, using the coordinating...Show More
Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Conclusions

Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Conclusions

Grammar for Writing

There's a skill to writing great science reports that are both clear and easy to understand. This video identifies the sections of a report where it can be better to use simple sentences, rather than more detailed ones, to make it easy for...Show More
Questions: Revealing Characters' Feelings

Questions: Revealing Characters' Feelings

Grammar for Writing

Being able to give your reader an insight into your character's mind is a valuable skill in writing narratives. This video explains how questions can be used to reveal what characters are thinking, whether genuine or rhetorical, and from a...Show More
Statements, Questions and Commands: Developing Characters

Statements, Questions and Commands: Developing Characters

Grammar for Writing

Characters are an essential component of many narrative texts, such as a novel or a short story. This video shows how you can use a variety of sentence types—statements, questions, and commands—in your narrative writing to develop characters...Show More
Overcome a Writing Block

Overcome a Writing Block

2 Minutes to Success

Overcome a Writing Block is a video addressing a common problem of writer's block. For many of us, it's fear of staring at a blank page and wondering what to say. In this video, behavioural expert Peter Quarry explains how to overcome a writing...Show More
How Is Fake News Created?

How Is Fake News Created?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

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
What Is Fake News?

What Is Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

The way in which news is delivered and consumed has changed rapidly over time and continues to evolve today. This video examines some of the issues that have arisen from this, defining fake news and explaining and providing examples of hoaxes,...Show More
Can You Spot Fake News?

Can You Spot Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: 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
What Are the Dangers of Fake News?

What Are the Dangers of Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

People frequently make important decisions about their health, families and political issues based on news, without knowing whether it is fake or true. This video shows how making, consuming and sharing fake news about events that never took...Show More
Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?

Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: 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
Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News

This video explores the factors that make fake news easy to believe. Case studies, including the story of Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump for president and dolphins in Venice during the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrate how modern busy lifestyles...Show More
Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure

Life Sentence

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
Verbs: Tense & Number Agreement

Verbs: Tense & Number Agreement

Life Sentence

Learners 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...Show More
Punctuation

Punctuation

Life Sentence

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
Bias in the Media

Bias in the Media

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

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
Stereotypes in the Media

Stereotypes in the Media

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

Tired of lame media clichés? Well, so are we, along with our auspicious pal, Bertram Poppingstock. Come along with us on our mission to weed out and stifle stereotypes in the media. We trace the origins of media stereotypes from false...Show More
Structural Elements of Media Texts

Structural Elements of Media Texts

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

Bertram Poppingstock is as determined as ever to save the world from his latest archrival – an evil media mogul manipulating the news to serve her own diabolical agenda. Want to become a savvier consumer of popular media? From sensationalised...Show More
Visual Features of Media Texts

Visual Features of Media Texts

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

Ever wondered how to create a killer publication layout? Come and explore the visual and interactive elements of media texts with the irrepressible Bertram Poppingstock. In this episode, he launches into a mission to stop an evil media mogul from...Show More
Izzy Learns Abstraction and Technical Language

Izzy Learns Abstraction and Technical Language

Elmore's Grammar Workshop

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