Tertiary Catalogue

English Skills


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
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
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
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
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
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
Izzy Learns Modality and Nominalisation

Izzy Learns Modality and Nominalisation

Elmore's Grammar Workshop

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
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
Izzy Learns about Clauses

Izzy Learns about Clauses

Elmore's Grammar Workshop

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
Spelling for Effect

Spelling for Effect

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

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
Applying Spelling Rules

Applying Spelling Rules

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

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

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

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
Improving Your Writing Vocabulary

Improving Your Writing Vocabulary

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

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
Improving Your Reading Vocabulary

Improving Your Reading Vocabulary

Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver

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
Writing Narratives

Writing Narratives

This accessible program explores common areas that pose challenges for inexperienced writers and provides numerous tips to help them create a well-written and engaging story. From tips on how to hook the reader to creating a successful ending,...Show More
Apostrophes and Quotation Marks

Apostrophes and Quotation Marks

Punctuation Explained

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
Capitals, Commas, Full Stops, Question and Exclamation Marks

Capitals, Commas, Full Stops, Question and Exclamation Marks

Punctuation Explained

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 Explained

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
Information Report Writing Skills

Information Report Writing Skills

Exploring Text Types

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
The Art of Persuasive Writing

The Art of Persuasive Writing

Exploring Text Types

Pip is an impulsive, feisty 13 year old who lives in a family of opinionated and eccentric people. While Pip's no stranger to an argument, she needs to learn how to harness her own passion and conviction! When she is given the task of doing an...Show More
Oral Presentation

Oral Presentation

Student Toolbox

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: Advanced Uses

Punctuation: Advanced Uses

Writing Skills Series

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

Writing Skills Series

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