Cart 0

Scroll down to see all series.

An Introduction to Our Videos

Our grammar videos are 4-9 minutes long, use engaging motion graphics, and feature conversational voice-overs.

teachers.jpg

The videos are made for teachers.  The purpose is to demonstrate how to teach a given grammar topic using an alternate approach.  Having learned this new method, teachers should then apply their own teaching style as they present the topic to their students.

But the videos don't stand alone; there may be pre-requisite lessons needed, students might have questions, and the grammar point should be practiced.  We'll leave all that to you teachers; the videos just demonstrate a new perspective from which to present the topic.

students.jpg

Students can directly benefit from the videos as well.  While the videos aren't aimed at them, they are designed in such a way that students could follow along, although teachers may need to pause along the way since the videos move pretty quickly.

Perhaps a better option than simply showing your students a video is to use our slideshows, which feature the same graphics.  That way, you can move at a pace appropriate for your class, make the lesson more interactive, and incorporate your own teaching style.

video image.jpg
series.jpg

Each video is part of at least one series.  You may want to watch a full series in the order we suggest on that series page, as some videos build off others.  They tend to go in order from lower proficiency levels to higher ones, so how much of a series you watch may depend on the level of your class.

Scroll down to see all of our series.

basics.jpg

The fundamentals are for all levels.  We have some videos that are great for beginner/elementary levels, including an entire fundamentals series.  However, intermediate and even advanced students can benefit from these videos, as it may help them better understand the foundations of English language.

curriculum.jpg

Our methods do not replace your curriculum, but rather supplement it.  Continue using whatever syllabus and books you already have in place; our videos and other resources simply help you explain grammar topics more effectively.

 

Our topics are modeled after ESOL standards, but they can be applied for native speakers as well.

 

Before You Watch, ...

You may want to read the descriptions on the series page for that video.  You'll learn what to expect from each video, as well as what your students should already know before learning the methods taught in that video.  Make sure you review those things before diving into something new.

video guide.jpg

The descriptions will also tell you the approximate language level.  Since topics may vary in levels from one publisher to the next, we're not that specific.  We designate three levels: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED.  If your class falls in the middle somewhere, use your own discretion.

 
dark grey with logo.jpg
 

Video Series

- click image to view series page and watch videos -

Tenses

simple, continuous, and perfect

Passive

when the result is more important than the cause

Indirect Speech

includes reported speech and polite questions

(blank).jpg

Fundamentals

foundations of grammar; not just for beginners

Unreal Mood

conditionals, wishes, and regrets

Question Forms

the various interrogative structures

Verbals

infinitives, gerunds, & participles

Complex Sentences

combining clauses together

 
 

You may have noticed...

Unfinished Series

Our work is never done.  There are plenty more videos we plan to make for each series, and we even have some entire new series in mind.  We'll upload new videos regularly.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified as soon as new content is made available.


'V3'

Most students have difficulty remembering what "Past Participle" means, even though they use it all the time.  So we call it Verb 3 or V3 (whereas V1 is the present form and V2 is the past simple form).


Focus on Usage

Form and pronunciation are important, but they tend to be more straightforward than usage.  We mostly provide methods on presenting usage and let the teachers decide for themselves how to present form and pronunciation.


Subtitles

We've taken the script for each of our videos and included them as subtitles on the corresponding YouTube video.  If you're showing the videos to students, it may be helpful to turn the subtitles on.

Colored Text

Our videos feature selective colored text.  Colors stand out and help students know what to pay attention to.  We're rather consistent with our color choices so that students learn to expect certain things from certain colors.  We recommend using this same technique yourself.  Read our article to learn more.


Working in Phrases

Most of the time when we say 'noun', we actually mean 'noun phrase', which typically includes determiners (like articles, possessives, and quantifiers) and sometimes adjectives.  We often do the same with verb strings; auxiliary verbs, 'not', and sometimes adverbs are included when we say 'verb'.

Within the framework of a sentence, combining all those individual words into one block is generally helpful, as they act together to serve a single purpose.


American English

We mostly use American English, although most ESOL books primarily use British English.  We do this because our founder and lead content creator is American, so it's what comes natural to him.  Just think of this as an excuse to teach your students some of the differences between British English and American English.

 
teal banner.jpg
 

Beyond the Videos

Our Insiders enjoy supplementary materials like these!

BtV - printouts (2).jpg

Printouts

posters and handouts of highlights from our videos in the forms of timelines, lists, diagrams, etc.

BtV - slideshows.jpg

Slideshows

the visuals of our videos available at a pace best for your classroom and ideal for student interaction

BtV - insider notes.jpg

Bonus Notes

all the tips, alternatives, constraints, exceptions, and other details we couldn't fit into the videos