Advanced Level English Classes
The use of innovative warm-up exercises teach students to identify grammar forms on their own; structure based exercises allow students to practice casual and academic speech in pairs and groups. Students engage in meaningful conversation about their lives. All the verb tenses are covered as well as noun, pronouns, articles, and modals.
A wide selection of carefully crafted listening, reading, and speaking exercises permit students to express their opinions in targeted grammar forms. A variety of language settings, ranging from relaxed speech to academic lectures, is used to promote the development of language skills. This class examines complex sentence construction through the use of adjective, noun, and adverb clauses. Conditional sentences, gerunds and infinitives are also covered.
Listening & Speaking 3A
This class presents interviews taken from National Public Radio. They cover a wide variety of aspects of American culture, including our information society, the aging workforce, animal intelligence, education and more. These interviews are used as springboards for conversation. Students incorporate the vocabulary, idioms, and expressions into their conversation by discussing the themes of the interview. Necessary grammar and pronunciation are included.
Listening & Speaking 3B
Students develop critical thinking skills through the use of inference and recognition of personal assumptions. Listening skills are developed to a fine degree by making predictions and relating the listenings to personal experiences; furthermore, the synthesis of information from various interviews develops students analytical and organizational skills. The oral expression of opinion while role-playing original conversations pushes students' speaking abilities while utilizing embedded vocabulary and grammar forms.
Reading & Writing 3A
Readings include autobiographical texts, short stories, and articles which require students to analyze characters and their motivations, categorize information, and hypothesize another's point of view. Students develop outlines, compare and contrast, use quotations, develop thesis statements, and write a variety of essay types, including argumentative, descriptive, and analytical essays.
Reading & Writing 3B
Various short stories of various linguistic styles and time frames help to sharpen reading, speaking, and writing skills. Featured authors include Kate Chopin, James Joyce, Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, and Tobias Wolff. Grammatical structures and vocabulary are highlighted within the short stories and a detailed exploration of literary elements such as time, setting, action, and motive stimulate students to actively discuss these themes in class and within their essays.