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CACC Chinese School 2017 - 2018--- English Reading/Writing/Speaking Program (英文阅读/写作/演讲课程)

  Middle School Writing/Public Speaking Class (中学写作/演讲班)

    This course will reflect its title for the way students will learn a combination of skills designed to make them more effective writers and speakers in and out of the classroom in order to prepare them for high school, college, and their careers.
Having introduced during the 2016-17 school year a public speaking course at the middle school level, this course will now expand its curriculum to also cover all aspects of how to read, analyze, and write about literature so that students will become more effective writers as well as more effective speakers in their school work. They will learn tips and techniques for all phases of their course work that are on the high school Advanced Placement level. They will also learn how to effectively engage in "Fishbowl" type discussions that are becoming more popular with teachers on the high school level.
Long term goal: To prepare students to be effective communicators throughout middle school and high school, during all phases of the college application process, and into their chosen careers for life.
Students will learn writing fundamentals such as: How to easily and quickly identify themes to literature. How to write an AP-level thesis statement. How to analyze quotations. How to construct each part of a classic five-paragraph literary analysis essay for high school English and History courses. How to incorporate current events into the writing. How to make connections within connections to enhance their essays and arguments.
The following high school level essay writing modes will be taught: narrative, descriptive, definition, argumentative, persuasive, explanatory, classification, compare and contrast, cause and effect.
Students will also enhance their writing and speaking skills by learning how to construct and evaluate arguments based on the classic Greek structure of combining Ethos, Logos, and Pathos, into each written or spoken argument, etc. The following public speaking formats will be taught: Impromptu, Oratory, Advocacy, Autobiographical, Expository, Extemporaneous, Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Humorous Interpretation.
Parent/Guardian Communication: Includes weekly updates on classroom lessons and weekly head's up on homework assignments. All students will be evaluated and graded on single assignments in the categories of Content, Analysis, Writing, Presentation, and Organization.
About the teacher: Mr. Michael Smith, a former professional writer and broadcaster, is an English teacher, Speech and Debate coach, and department supervisor at a local private school. His speech and debate program has been ranked the #1 debate team among Bay Area small schools for the past two years. He had an 89 percent passing rate in his AP English classes compared to the 59 percent national passing rate. And students who have worked with him on their college application essays have been admitted to six of the eight Ivy League schools.
    
Code Time Date Tuition Age Size Request
 
MWS-101  10:00 ~ 10:50   08/20/17 - 05/20/18   $620      12-14      No 
 

  Reading Across the Curriculum (阅读课程班)

     This new class will live up to its name by providing students the opportunity to develop their reading and analyzation skills to go along with their writing and speaking skills through their experience in reading, analyzing, evaluating, and discussion literature of various types that they will eventually be reading in their high school English classes. In addition, students will read ?close reading? tips and techniques that will improve their skills when dealing with the reading comprehension sections of all standardized tests, including passages on the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, plus AP English Language and Literature and AP World, European and U.S. History.
Long term goal: To prepare students to be more effective readers and thinkers so that they can translate their ideas when they take part as a speaker and a writer in their classes throughout high school and college. The more effectively students can understand what they read, the more brilliant arguments that can then make in their writing and their speaking.
In this class, students will read, analyze and discuss literature from the following genres:
  • Shakespeare
  • American Fiction
  • International Fiction
  • Dramas
  • Non-Fiction
  • Short Stories
  • Poetry
Students will be assigned one full-length book or play, or a series of short stories and poems, from the list of genres. They will have assigned reading from week to week, followed by discussions of key sections of their literature. Each particular type of book or drama will last several weeks before moving on to the next one. The selections for reading in each genre will come from a list of literature that is universally assigned at all local public and private high schools. Students therefore will have a head start on their high school reading. They will also learn tips and techniques designed to help them become better readers both in the classroom and when they take their series of required standardized tests for college.
Parent/Guardian Communication: Includes weekly updates on classroom lessons and weekly head's up on homework assignments. All students will be evaluated and graded on single assignments in the categories of Content, Analysis, Writing, Presentation, and Organization.
About the teacher: Mr. Michael Smith, a former professional writer and broadcaster, is a Certified High School A.P. English and I.B. English teacher, who currently teaches English, coaches Speech and Debate, and acts as a department head at a local private school. His students compiled an 89 percent AP English pass rate compared to the 59 percent national average based on his lessons for close reading. He also has had students accepted to six Ivy League schools along with many more of the top colleges and universities in the country based on his experience as a private college preparatory tutor.
    
Code Time Date Tuition Age Size Request
 
RAC-101  09:00 ~ 09:50   08/20/17 - 05/20/18   $620      12-16      No 
 

  Writing for High School & College Prep (高中英文写作/大学预科班)

    Like the title suggests, this class will offer a combination of written and oral instruction for all phases of high school level English and History classes, as well as tips and techniques for all elements of standardized exams plus application essays and interviews for the college preparation process.
Returning students and new students alike will learn how to expertly handle high school English and History essays, AP English Language and Literature plus AP World, European and U.S. History exams, the New SAT and the new ACT essays, along with writing college application essays designed to impress admissions officers based on models from students who have been admitted to six Ivy League schools. We will also introduce an oral component to the course, where students will learn how to master Fishbowl type discussions for high school classes as well how to conduct college interviews.
Long term goal: To prepare students to be effective oral and written communicators throughout high school, during all phases of the college application process, and into their chosen careers for life.
In this class, students will learn:
* A series of homemade step by step lessons on how to improve their writing based on 10 years experience as a newspaper reporter while mentored by some of the top writers and editors in the business.
* A series of homemade step by step lessons on how to improve analytical skills so that students can identify the overall themes and deal with all the specific aspects of literature that go into effective essays on the classroom English and AP English courses plus all three AP History courses.
* A series of homemade step by step lessons on how to deal specifically with the new versions of the SAT and ACT essays that are similar to AP English style argument-on-argument essays.
* A series of homemade step by step lessons on how to compose the crucial Personal Statement essay for the college Common Application, the series of mandatory essays for the UC application, plus all types of supplemental essays for individual colleges and universities.
* A series of homemade step by lesson on how to expertly handle all phases of classroom Fishbowl discussions plus college application interviews.
Parent/Guardian Communication: Includes weekly updates on classroom lessons and weekly head's up on homework assignments. All students will be evaluated and graded on single assignments in the categories of Content, Analysis, Writing, Presentation, and Organization.
About the teacher: Mr. Michael Smith, a former professional writer and broadcaster, is a Certified High School A.P. English and I.B. English teacher, Speech and Debate program head, plus department chairperson for a local private school who specializes in private college prep tutor. His students had 89 percent AP pass rate compared to 59 percent national average. He has also had students accepted to six Ivy League schools along with many more of the top colleges and universities in the country.
    
Code Time Date Tuition Age Size Request
 
WHC_101  11:00 ~ 11:50   08/20/17 - 05/20/18   $700      14+      No 
 
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