Macquarie University's Anne Castles and Signy Wegener explain the importance of introducing new terms when speaking to children, revealing that their research demonstrates for the first time an "intimate relationship between [spoken] vocabulary and reading ability".
The recruitment of 15 highly paid executive principals tasked with improving the performance of schools in NSW with high proportions of Aboriginal students is starting to pay off in Tamworth. Hillvue Primary School executive principal Chris Shaw has the authority to choose his own staff and vary the curriculum, and the school's NAPLAN results and level of parent engagement have been transformed.
England are playing France in the World Cup Final and Sacha's new English boyfriend is coming round for the match. Nico can't be there but doesn't want to know the score. When England beats France, Sacha realises she has made a big mistake. Sam has a surprising question for Annie!
In this episode, Sam has his first experience of shopping in France. First he does some grocery shopping on the Internet. Then Sacha, Annie and Nico decide to give him a makeover which turns out to be a disaster, so he ventures out to clothes shops by himself.
We discover that Sacha has a twin, Christelle, who is coming to visit. However, Sam, Nico and Annie do not know that Sacha has a twin, and so much confusion ensues when they presume that Christelle is actually Sacha.
In this episode, the foursome go to London for a long weekend. Sam can speak the language but is a bit confused by the geography. Sacha finds a good-looking English boyfriend and Sam ends up dancing with the elderly waitress.
Sacha needs promotion to earn more money, so approaches her boss (The Octopus) about it. Sam starts looking for a job, but ends up being the waiter for Sacha, during a meal with her boss, cooked by Nico. The evening is a disaster, but our young friends cement their friendships as a result of it.
Sam begins to notice Annie in a romantic light so learns to cook in a bid to win her. Annie becomes obsessed with television commercials and Nico's acting career gets a boost when he becomes a weather forecaster.
Annie is protesting about cruelty to animals and wants Nico to look after some rescued guinea pigs which then manage to escape. Sam is sent to interview Annie on her demonstration and it all ends in tears.
Sacha thinks she has won the lottery, but Sam has lost her ticket. Nico is also desperate to find the ticket, as he had written a girl's telephone number on the back. We follow the characters as they try to find the ticket, and see the consequences when they finally retrieve it.
In this episode, we meet the landlady's cousin, Clotilde Montagne, who is taking over business temporarily. Clotilde dislikes the girls but takes a shine to the boys, particularly Nico, who goes on a series of dates with her but starts to regret it when she won't leave him alone. Meanwhile, the others build shelves with disastrous consequences, and romance finally flourishes between Annie and Sam.
Sacha and Annie share an apartment in Paris. Their lives are complicated by the arrival of a mystery guest, Sam, from America. Nico, who lives opposite, finds out Sam's background but tries to keep it a secret.
Sam and Annie are getting married. Annie wants it very simple but Sam's mother has very different ideas and she is on her way over to Paris to supervise. Sacha finally realies that she really likes Nico after all.
Sacha has got Sam an interview at the television station where she works. They are looking for a reporter. With Nico's help Sam gets the job, but it may have something to do with the fact the Editor is our old friend the landlady's cousin.
After the collapse of the USSR, the world stopped hearing so much about Russian writers. But that doesn't mean they stopped writing. This eye-opening film allows us to reconnect with what makes Russian literature so remarkable. With dramatic readings by Stephen Fry and award-winning original animations, the distinct worlds of some of Russia's most powerful imaginations are bought to life. Six contemporary Russian authors take us on a journey through the country's literature, its influences, its role in shaping social and political change and its relationship with power. This program showcases some of Russia's most remarkable modern talent with intimate personal encounters with Russia's most talented contemporary authors. In Moscow we march with the poet who leads many of the anti-Putin demonstrations, and we sit in the flat of the former scientist who only turned to writing after she fell afoul of the KGB in the 1970s. We meet the former Special Forces officer who writes touchingly of provincial life, but idolises Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent - and Stalin. We are taken by a master of chilling horror stories to the secret spot in Moscow's Gorky Park where the old Soviet-era rides of her childhood are being dismantled. Audiences will discover writers like the astounding Armenian writer, Ludmila Ulitskaya, who spent her entire adult life writing an 1000-page fantasy masterpiece. Lastly, the film treats audiences to an exclusive interview with Russia's most scandalous and violent literary novelist Vladimir Sorokin (critically acclaimed by the New York Review of Books) who compared the ruling Putin clique to the medieval torturers who served Ivan the Terrible. This program allows audiences to question not only what they thought they knew about Russian literature but also what they think they know about Russia. Each writer has their own surprising voice, often with more in common with Julian Barnes and Jonathan Franzen than Gogol or Tolstoy.
Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three but it's dangerous being a Stick Man as a dog wants to play with him. Join Stick Man on his troublesome journey back to the family tree.
AN Wilson, author of a revelatory biography of CS Lewis, goes in search of the man behind Narnia. Bestselling children's author and world famous Christian writer CS Lewis spent his public life in the all-male world of Oxford colleges, but his private life was veiled in secrecy. Even his best friend JRR Tolkien didnt know of his marriage to an American divorcee late in life. Lewis died on the same day as the assassination of JF Kennedy and few were at his burial; his alcoholic brother was too drunk to tell people the time of the funeral. This new film explores the turning points of Lewis' life, the death of his mother, his relationship with his friends mother Mrs Moore, his religious conversion, the arrival and untimely death of his wife Joy Gresham. It is a moving and insightful psychological portrait of a man who experienced fame in the public arena but whose personal life was marked by the loss of three women he most loved.
It may seem self-explanatory, but how a director reads a script has a large impact on the way she/he prepares. This episode looks at how various key collaborators, such as first assistant directors, cinematographers, and editors, read a script in different ways, and emphasises the many different kinds of rereading required of directors. It also examines strategies for improving scripts under the crunch of production schedules.
One of the main elements of prep, in both film and television, is producing the shot list. This episode covers not only what a shot list is, how it should look, and whom to give it to, but also how to imbue camera instructions with emotion and personal investment. Extensive case studies from Lost and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. demonstrate the way personal experience can and should affect everything from lens choice to camera placement.
The restoration of the English monarchy in 1660 marked the beginning of a new era not only for English society but also for English culture. In drama, art and music, the century following the accession of King Charles II was a magnificent age, and in poetry, the era produced some the country's greatest ever men of verse. Drawing on contemporary events for subject matter and the classical past for inspiration, John Dryden, Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson defined the poetic spirit of the time. These men were the greatest poets of the English Augustan Age.
At the very core of the craft of directing is working with actors. Central to the Bobby Roth method of directing is to prepare as extensively as possible in preparation in order to be available to the actors during production. During production, time is especially precious, and actors require great attention and sensitivity to deliver their best performances. In this double-episode, we take an extended look at the question Bobby is most frequently asked by students and young film makers: how do you get actors to do what you want? Interviews with more than twenty leading actors shed a diverse array of insights into what is expected of directors and the best strategies for building productive working relationships with them.
Perhaps the single most make-or-break element of directing is casting. It is also the element of directing that differs most between film and television production. This in-depth look at lessons learned from both film and TV, with case studies from Bobby's independent films Manhood and Jack the Dog, as well as guest casting experiences on Lost, offers practical lessons in how to cast across media, when to trust your intuition and when to listen to casting directors, and which common casting mistakes are easy to avoid.
If casting is the key ingredient of prep, and working with actors is the focus of production, then editors are the main character of post-production. This episode looks at the fast-spaced editing in the television world and compares it with the more flexible possibilities of independent cinema, uncovering multiple lessons that can be gleaned from each. In the end, editing is another type of writing, an essential tool for directors to craft their visions.
National treasure Patricia Routledge takes us on a journey into the fascinating story of one of the world's greatest artists, authors and farmers! Internationally loved and admired, Patricia is the Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society and is a passionate expert about Beatrix Potter. Join Patricia on a visual feast featuring the stunning landscapes of Cumbria and a close up look at the remarkable art created by one of the greatest illustrators in the world. Delve into Potter's journal that she began writing at only 15 and discover the fascinating code she developed - it was not cracked until 8 years after her death! And explore the farming legacy Beatrix left behind, enabling many Cumbrian farmers to continue making a living. Authored with passion, perhaps even obsession, this charming and fascinating programme, tells the definitive and most comprehensive story of Beatrix Potter; a practical, formidable, remarkable woman.
Australia's Indigenous nations are as diverse as they are many but when it comes to education everyone is expected to fit into one model. If we're really serious about improving educational outcomes is it time to look at more flexibility in the schooling systems.
This film follows three Chinese students from different backgrounds striving to survive. Through their experiences the program evaluates China's education system, exploring options for students in a country where success is the only thing that matters.
Mrs Gonsha's class is graduating from Grade 6 and everyone is excited about going to High School, but when they uncover the explosive news that Rory is unable to graduate with them, no one is eager to leave school any more.
When Atticus' mother gets a job overseas, he discovers that the day of the Halloween school play will be his last day of school. Suddenly Halloween doesn't seem scary, but leaving his friends, especially Rory, is terrifying.