Mercredi 26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /Mars /2014 18:18

17 videos from the Education Portal English Courses

explaining  literary terminology



Learn about allegories and how stories can be used deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

In this lesson, explore the different ways authors repeat consonant and vowel sounds in their literary works. Learn about how writers use repeated words and phrases with well-known examples. 

In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.

This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

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Mercredi 26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /Mars /2014 18:17

17 videos from the Education Portal English Courses

explaining  literary terminology



Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.


In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme. 

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view. 

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient. 

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories. 

In this lesson, learn about catharsis, a purging of feelings that occurs when audiences have strong emotional reactions to a work of literature. Explore examples of literary works which lead to catharsis, including tragedies.

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Mercredi 26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /Mars /2014 17:12

  17 videos from the Education Portal English Courses

explaining  literary terminology

pen 01

~ PART I ~

This series of  videos display illustrative examples to help you define and use these literary terms.You'll be able to...

- identify terms like 'irony', 'foreshadowing', 'catharsis', 'allegory' (& more) ;

- differentiate closely related literary terms like 'metaphor' and "simile' ;

- use the specific terminology to analyse literary excerpts and works...

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Would lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples

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Mercredi 26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /Mars /2014 12:39

The map below shows about 190 "cinematic attacks" : Hollywood disaster movies have destroyed a great deal of U.S. cities, towns or regions (considering a broad definition of the "disaster" genre) :

- Monster attacks

- Creature attacks

- Climatic events

- Geologic events

- Infections

- Mankind

   - Alien attacks

   - Space rocks

   - Superhero battles

   - Sharknado (= a tornado made up of sharks...

     up to now, only one has been shot !)...

... are all located on U.S.A. maps -you can also view them all gathered on a unique map.

Besides, you get a list of the pinned films -with their release date, the specific location/city and the approximate location where the disaster took place in the film.

Click the illustration above to get the full article on

theconcourse.deadspin website

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Mardi 25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /Mars /2014 20:20

Click the mind map and check when you do not nee to use the article "the" before a noun (group) :

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Mercredi 19 mars 2014 3 19 /03 /Mars /2014 23:03

This flowchart's quite funny, and it's also useful to practise modal auxiliaries (If you like furry tails, you must / you should / you could / you can't...), negative forms (People who can't stand cold blooded animals will not / are not going to /...) -and specific vocabulary too : you can revise and improve it by finding other animals in the same category/species as the ones pictured on the illustration.

Last, but not least, more advanced learners may train their writing skills...

Caldwell Tanner's flowchart pretends (1) dogs are "companions", while cats (or rabbits, hamsters...) are "roommates you have to feed" : do you agree with him ? Why (not) ? Explain your answer and illustrate it with examples :o)

(1)  Beware, "pretend" is a false friend to French learners -check it !

Flowchart created by Caldwell Tanner (currently head illustrator for website)

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