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Study English: adjectives and their uses

Explore the power of adjectives. In this clip, presenter Margot Politis unpacks a documentary video about the sea floor. Discover how useful adjectives can be when you compare and describe things. You'll also learn how to put adjectives in the correct order when you are using more than one.

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Show and tell: here, boy!

Watch a short cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make the story clearer and funnier. ...

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Online news: Green Valley Voice

Build a news story opposing a plan to dam a local river. Look at a model news story telling readers how a dam would affect farmers. Build a web page describing the impact a dam would have on tourism and the environment. Choose titles, words and images to support your position. For example, use words such as 'destroy' and ...

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Online news: Perfect Pets

Help a pet shop to sell more of their unusual pets. Examine a web page promoting a giant cockroach. Build pages describing why ferrets and hermit crabs make great pets. Choose titles, words and images to interest an audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'lovable' and 'cute' to create a positive ...

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Online news: island holiday

Help an island resort to sell more holiday packages. Examine a web page designed to attract families. Build a page describing attractions for thrill-seekers and another for nature lovers. Choose titles, words and images that suit your audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'glorious' and 'unspoilt' ...

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Zou ba! The Gold Buddha: qualifying statements

Follow an adventure about 'The Gold Buddha'. Find out how to adjust the meaning of a statement by adding a phrase. For example, say that you speak Chinese and add 'but I can't speak it well'. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Show and tell: that cat

Watch a short cartoon about a cat chasing a bird. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make ...

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Migrant students learning English, 1970 - asset 1

This black-and-white photograph shows a young female teacher and two students standing at a classroom blackboard. Written in chalk on the blackboard are the sentences 'She isn't thin' and 'He isn't young', and the words 'is fat', 'old', 'shoes are old', 'were happy' and 'new book' from other sentences that are only partially ...

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BBC Skillswise: What are word types?

This is a multilayered resource about the following word types: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, connectives, prepositions and pronouns. It includes a video set in the workplace, two factsheets and four worksheets that provide an explanation of various word types and exercises in identifying and using them, and two multiple ...

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Interpreting evaluative language

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on using an online text to teach how evaluative language can be made more or less forceful in a year 3 classroom. The teacher uses a range of strategies to differentiate teaching and learning, modelling the use of ...

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Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...