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Wesley Arts Academy ESL/SAT Course

30 Weeks


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.

Session 1:

  • Welcome Activity
  • Expectations/Rules/Guidelines/ Goals
  • Exercise 1: 50 word reflection on one piece of literature given to the students.

Session 2:

  • Activity
  • Strategic highlighting to outline important parts of literature.
  • Answering reading comprehension questions.

Session 3:

  • Activity
  • Reading strategies to better understand literature (summarize, question, connect).
  • Reference poster.

Session 4:

  • Activity
  • Reading strategies to better understand literature (infer, visualize, predict).
  • Finish reference poster.

Session 5:

  • Activity
  • 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.

Session 6:

  • Activity
  • Brainstorming based on given topics.

Session 7:

  • Activity
  • Researching and asking questions to develop ideas.

Session 8:

  • Activity
  • Structure of an outline.
  • Creating an outline based on a brainstorm

Session 9:

  • Activity
  • Structure of an argument.
  • Supporting arguments and organizing ideas.

Session 10:

  • Activity
  • 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.

Session 11:

  • Activity
  • Learning to understand words through context.

Session 12:

  • Activity
  • Word puzzles and word games.

Session 13:

  • Activity
  • Learning to use dictionaries, thesauruses, and interpreting definitions.

Session 14:

  • Activity
  • Analogy games.

Session 15:

  • Activity
  • Contradiction games.

Section 4- Essay writing

Goal: Learning to structure short pieces of writing and essays, from university entrance essays to in class-exams.

Session 16:

  • Activity
  • Basic structure of essays (intro, body, conclusion, etc.)

Session 17:

  • Activity
  • Structure of introduction (hook, thesis, signpost, etc.)

Session 18:

  • Activity
  • Structure of body paragraph (intro statement, proof, concluding statement)

Session 19:

  • Activity
  • Structure of conclusion (intro statement, signpost, closing idea)

Session 20:

  • Activity
  • 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.

Session 21:

  • Activity
  • Elements of an effective story.

Session 22:

  • Activity
  • Writing stories from different perspectives.

Session 23:

  • Activity
  • Creating settings through description.

Session 24:

  • Activity
  • Creating a background and history for a person (exposition)

Session 25:

  • Activity
  • 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.

Session 26:

  • Activity
  • Creating theses.

Session 27:

  • Activity
  • Paragraph formatting (how to recognize when a new paragraph is starting)

Session 28:

  • Activity
  • Creating titles and topic sentences.

Session 29:

  • Activity
  • Page numbers, underlining, italics, and quotation marks.

Session 30:

  • Activity
  • Title pages, spacing, word processing.

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