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Advanced Reading Skills
Level A1 (grades 3-4)
Reading is the foundation of all learning.
Reading comprehension is the ability to read, understand, process, and recall what was read. Strong reading comprehension skills are crucial to learning in all subjects. Good readers use a set of strategies to gain a deeper understanding of what they read. In our reading curriculum, we teach students to:
- monitor their understanding
- ask clarifying questions
- activate prior knowledge
- look for context clues and consider text features
- visualize what they read
- summarize main ideas only
- infer and predict
In addition, Level A1 students will also learn key grammar and punctuation concepts to develop their sentence structure and preliminary writing skills, enhance their vocabulary, improve fluency, and learn basic presentation skills.
Introductory Writing & Public Speaking Skills
Level B1 (grades 4-6), Level C1 (grades 6-8), level D1 (grades 7-9)
We use a unique approach to teaching writing skills. Unlike other programs, our students do not start with graphic organizers or a writing prompt on a blank page.
With our methodology, students will read critically and learn how to take effective notes, selecting important facts, and capturing them in a brief outline. Once students have drafted their rough work, we show them how to revise their rough drafts and edit their work in partners. This is a key step to improving their writing results and enhancing their interpersonal skills.
Our students will work with non-fiction and fiction material writing information paragraphs and creative writing compositions. In addition, through weekly vocabulary exercises, students will build a rich repertoire of words, improving their ability to choose the best words to express their ideas.
Finally, to develop their confidence and public speaking skills, students will learn to deliver short presentations with confidence, poise, and good articulation.
Essay Writing & Public Speaking Skills
Level B2 (grades 5-7), Level C2 (grades 7-9), level D2 (grades 8-10)
Writing essays develops critical thinking skills, which enables students to solve problems effectively and make sound decisions throughout their life. Our students will gather research, analyze the information collected, develop an opinion to make an argument and finally present their conclusion to convince their reader.
We have several essay writing classes to advance the skills of writers at various levels. All of our classes offer a variety of different essay styles such as expository, persuasive, compare and contrast, personal narratives, etc. Students will work through each step of the writing process (research, outlines, drafting, revising & editing and publishing) in detail.
In addition, our students will continue to improve their vocabulary and public speaking skills, presenting speeches of longer length and complexity.
Literary Analysis and Essay Writing
E1 (grades 10-11), E2 (grades 11-12)
The E1 and E2 programs are for motivated and high-performing students who are university-bound. The programs focus on writing the formal long paragraph and essay responses as required by the Ontario high school English curriculum.
The E1 and E2 programs emphasize both the quality and the process of writing. Students learn to apply decoding skills to texts: these train students to use higher-level thinking when analyzing texts for assignments. Students follow a writing process that enables them to organize their ideas into a smooth and logical introduction, body, and conclusion, using sound English conventions and style.