This thirty week intensive is an introduction to English for students of all skill levels. This course will be instructive and useful, while remaining fun and entertaining for children. The major goals of this course are to get students to improve their vocabulary and reading comprehension, and also learn the rules of analyzing text to prepare them for English classes and entrance exams such as the SATs. This course will focus on improving the level of English of each individual and expanding their knowledge of the English language. By the end of the course some students will be exceeding in their coursework and exams, while some will be more comfortable with spoken English and basic reading comprehension. Everyone will gain some higher level of competence in the English language. All writing and notes will be kept in writing binders, which can be kept for reference throughout high school.
Section 1- Reading Comprehension
Goal: This period is all about reading and understanding basic literature.
- Welcome Activity
- Expectations/Rules/Guidelines/ Goals
- Exercise 1: 50 word reflection on one piece of literature given to the students.
- Strategic highlighting to outline important parts of literature.
- Answering reading comprehension questions.
- Reading strategies to better understand literature (summarize, question, connect).
- Reference poster.
- Reading strategies to better understand literature (infer, visualize, predict).
- Finish reference poster.
- Tips to better understand text (before, during, after).
- 50 word reflection on text.
Section 2- Idea development
Goal: The second period will focus more on developing ideas.
- Brainstorming based on given topics.
- Researching and asking questions to develop ideas.
- Structure of an outline.
- Creating an outline based on a brainstorm
- Structure of an argument.
- Supporting arguments and organizing ideas.
- Making sure an idea is foolproof.
- Presenting arguments.
Section 3- Vocabulary
Goal: Focusing on learning vocabulary through text and laying the groundwork for students to be able to develop an extensive vocabulary.
- Learning to understand words through context.
- Word puzzles and word games.
- Learning to use dictionaries, thesauruses, and interpreting definitions.
- Analogy games.
- Contradiction games.
Section 4- Essay writing
Goal: Learning to structure short pieces of writing and essays, from university entrance essays to in class-exams.
- Basic structure of essays (intro, body, conclusion, etc.)
- Structure of introduction (hook, thesis, signpost, etc.)
- Structure of body paragraph (intro statement, proof, concluding statement)
- Structure of conclusion (intro statement, signpost, closing idea)
- Editing your own writing.
- Final short essays.
Section 5: Creative Writing
Goal: This period is all about giving students the skills they need to explore creative writing ideas and express them through well-organized short stories.
- Elements of an effective story.
- Writing stories from different perspectives.
- Creating settings through description.
- Creating a background and history for a person (exposition)
- Creating a background and history for a particular animal (how a zebra got it’s stripes)
Section 6: Presentation of writing
Goal: Students must be able to properly format and present their writing.
- Creating theses.
- Paragraph formatting (how to recognize when a new paragraph is starting)
- Creating titles and topic sentences.
- Page numbers, underlining, italics, and quotation marks.
- Title pages, spacing, word processing.