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Advantage Writing I

Advantage Class

This course is the first in a series of 2 writing courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Writing 1, beginner students will begin by practicing letter formation in lower and upper case letters before moving forward to reviewing parts of speech, basic sentence structures, and selected Latin and Greek root words. Students will further develop writing skills with graduated projects such as writing text messages, post cards, thank you notes, and emails. This class is graded on a Pass/Fail scale.

This course is the first in a series of 2 writing courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Writing 1, beginner students will begin by practicing letter formation in lower and upper case letters before moving forward to reviewing parts of speech, basic sentence structures, and selected Latin and Greek root words. Students will further develop writing skills with graduated projects such as writing text messages, post cards, thank you notes, and emails.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Writing - SWBAT clearly handwrite the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet with both capitalized and lowercase letters.
    SWBAT produce 3-5 sentences using a subject-verb-object structure with some errors due to word order, conjugation, or fragments; describe limited concrete personal information and share some simple unstructured opinions in selected writing styles including a text message, post card, and thank-you note.
  • Reading - SWBAT identify main ideas with cues or repeated exposure in selected simple short texts such as text messages, post cards, or thank you notes which include basic vocabulary about preferences and simple opinions.

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Advantage Writing II

Advantage Class

This course is the second in a series of 2 writing courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Writing 2, intermediate students will practice using primary and secondary source material to write a series of 3-part paragraphs about historical events. In addition to working on reading charts, photographs, interviews, and pamphlets, students will practice inferring information, analyzing primary sources, and synthesizing facts and analysis in paragraph form. This class is ideal for intermediate students looking to take the IELTS or TOEFL exams in the future.

This course is the second in a series of 2 writing courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Writing 2, intermediate students will practice using primary and secondary source material to write a series of 3-part paragraphs about historical events. In addition to working on reading charts, photographs, interviews, and pamphlets, students will practice inferring information, analyzing primary sources, and synthesizing facts and analysis in paragraph form. This class is ideal for intermediate students looking to take the IELTS or TOEFL exams in the future.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Writing - SWBAT produce 3-part paragraphs using a variety of simple sentence structures, describe concrete factual information, cite sources used and synthesize facts and document analysis about the selected historical themes.
  • Reading - SWBAT identify main ideas and specific details as well as infer basic information in selected primary and secondary sources including photographs, charts, and interviews about selected historical themes.

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Advantage Listening I

Advantage Class

This course is the first in a series of 2 listening courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Listening 1, beginner students will practice listening to university -style classroom lectures while focusing their listening attention and developing skills like note-taking, understanding vocabulary in context, and discussing lecture material. This class can be especially helpful in preparation for listening sections in the TOEFL and IELTS tests. This class is graded on a Pass/Fail scale.

This course is the first in a series of 2 listening courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Listening 1, beginner students will practice listening to university -style classroom lectures while focusing their listening attention and developing skills like note-taking, understanding vocabulary in context, and discussing lecture material. This class can be especially helpful in preparation for listening sections in the TOEFL and IELTS tests.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Speaking - SWBAT orally describe concrete factual information, reference main ideas and several specific details from lectures, and share unstructured personal opinions about the selected simplified academic themes.
    - SWBAT produce a few selected complex sentence structures, frequently use correct stress and intonation with familiar vocabulary, exhibit relative ease in familiar conversations, express unstructured personal opinions about various informal social themes, achieve intelligibility in daily interactions with some disruptions, and use a slightly limited variety of vocabulary related to the selected simplified academic themes.
  • Listening - SWBAT identify main ideas and several specific details, provided pace of speech is slightly reduced and clearly articulated in a variety of familiar accents regarding selected simplified academic themes.

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Advantage Listening II

Advantage Class

This course is the second in a series of 2 listening courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Listening 2, students will practice listening to intermediate university-style classroom lectures while focusing their listening attention on main ideas and details, understanding lecture organization, and developing skills like structuring notes, understanding vocabulary in context, finding signal phrases, and discussing lecture material. This class can be especially helpful in preparation for listening sections in the TOEFL and IELTS exams.

This course is the second in a series of 2 listening courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Listening 2, students will practice listening to intermediate university-style classroom lectures while focusing their listening attention on main ideas and details, understanding lecture organization, and developing skills like structuring notes, understanding vocabulary in context, finding signal phrases, and discussing lecture material. This class can be especially helpful in preparation for listening sections in the TOEFL and IELTS exams.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Speaking -SWBAT to orally describe concrete factual information, reference main ideas and a number of specific details from lectures, and synthesize well-developed personal opinions about the selected abridged academic themes.
    -SWBAT produce selected complex sentence structures, use correct stress and intonation with familiar vocabulary, exhibit ease in familiar conversations, express well-developed personal opinions about selected formal and informal social themes, achieve intelligibility in daily interactions with minimal disruptions, and use a variety of vocabulary related to the selected abridged academic themes.
  • Listening - SWBAT identify main ideas and some specific details, provided pace of speech is considerably reduced and clearly articulated in a familiar accent about several selected informal social themes.

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Advantage Reading I

Advantage Class

This course is the first reading course in a series of 3 reading courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Reading 1, beginner students will be introduced to reading skills with a graphic novel about true historical events. They will use the book to learn some simple reading strategies and practice new vocabulary and spelling. This class is graded on a Pass/Fail scale.

This course is the first reading course in a series of 3 reading courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Reading 1, beginner students will be introduced to reading skills with a graphic novel about true historical events. They will use the book to learn some simple reading strategies and practice new vocabulary and spelling.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Writing - SWBAT write 3-5 sentences using select simple sentence structures and target vocabulary from the reading to describe an illustration and share recommendations with others.
  • Speaking -SWBAT orally describe characters or simple events from the story after some written preparation using select simple sentence structures, sometimes use correct stress and intonation with vocabulary from the book, experience frequent hesitancy during familiar conversations, express unstructured opinions about various personal preferences, achieve much intelligibility in daily interactions with frequent disruptions due to pauses, false starts and/or reformulations, and speak with a limited selection of frequently used vocabulary for daily interactions.
  • Reading - SWBAT identify main ideas and 1 or 2 specific details with cues or repeated exposure in selected simple short passages of speech and descriptive writing up to 5 sentences long in the present and simple past tenses with the aid of descriptive illustrations including themes about libraries, daily life, and emergencies.

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Advantage Reading II

Advantage Class

This course is the second reading course in a series of 3 reading courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Reading 2, intermediate students will practice reading comprehension and skills with a critically acclaimed novella. They will use the book to practice reading strategies, learn new vocabulary, and deliver presentations. This class is graded on a Pass/Fail scale.

This course is the second reading course in a series of 3 reading courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Reading 2, intermediate students will practice reading comprehension and skills with a critically acclaimed novella. They will use the book to practice reading strategies, learn new vocabulary, and deliver presentations.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Reading - SWBAT read for main ideas and several specific details in selected short texts specifically edited to introduce new vocabulary about various informal social themes.
  • Speaking - SWBAT orally describe concrete factual information, reference selected plot and character content from vignettes, and share unstructured personal opinions about various informal social themes.
    SWBAT produce a few selected complex sentence structures, frequently use correct stress and intonation with familiar vocabulary, exhibit relative ease in familiar conversations, express unstructured personal opinions about various informal social themes, achieve intelligibility in daily interactions with some disruptions, and use a slightly limited variety of social vocabulary.

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Advantage Reading III

Advantage Class

This course is the third reading course in a series of 3 reading courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Reading 3, advanced students will practice reading skills and critical literacy with a full-length Newbury Award winning novel. They will use the book to practice reading strategies, learn about discourse analysis, acquire new vocabulary, create visual representations of information, and deliver a presentation. Students concerned with their reading speed and comprehension for standardized exams such as TOEFL or IELTS are encouraged to take this course.

This course is the third reading course in a series of 3 reading courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Reading 3, advanced students will practice reading skills and critical literacy with a full-length Newbury Award winning novel. They will use the book to practice reading strategies, learn about discourse analysis, acquire new vocabulary, create visual representations of information, and deliver a presentation. Students concerned with their reading speed and comprehension for standardized exams such as TOEFL or IELTS are encouraged to take this course.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Writing - SWBAT create visual representations of information from the novel such as timelines, charts, or before and after diagrams.
  • Speaking -SWBAT orally synthesize plot and character information with intricate opinions to build a multifaceted argument while referencing content from the chosen novel and visual representations of information to support a thesis based on prepared notes.
    SWBAT almost always produce complex sentence structures, speaking with almost near-native accuracy of stress and intonation, exhibiting near natural fluency incorporating multilayered meanings, achieving near perfect intelligibility in daily interactions, and using a wide range of social vocabulary while further developing academic language recognition and use.
  • Reading - SWBAT read in separated short chapters for main ideas, specific details, and selected writing strategies such as flashback, tone and mood, and aesthetic approaches.
    SWBAT read for main ideas and various specific details in chapters that introduce multifaceted characters, selected writing strategies, and new vocabulary about various social and academic themes.

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Advantage Speaking I

Advantage Class

This course is the first in a series of 3 speaking courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Speaking 1, beginner students will practice oral communication with their peers about everyday life while reviewing selected grammar and expressions unique to spoken English. This class is graded on a Pass/Fail scale.

This course is the first in a series of 3 speaking courses in the Advantage Program. In Advantage Speaking 1, beginner students will practice oral communication with their peers about everyday life while reviewing selected grammar and expressions unique to spoken English.

  • SWBAT = Student will be able to
  • Speaking -SWBAT orally describe preferences, habits, or simple stories from their lives after some written or auditory preparation about common subjects such as food, describing people, and free time.
    SWBAT orally produce select simple sentence structures, selected structures specific to spoken English, sometimes use correct stress and intonation with vocabulary from the course, experience frequent hesitancy during familiar conversations, express unstructured opinions about various personal preferences, achieve much intelligibility in daily interactions with frequent disruptions due to pauses, false starts and/or reformulations, and speak with a slightly limited selection of frequently used vocabulary for daily interactions.
  • Listening - SWBAT identify main ideas and 1 or 2 specific details with cues or repeated exposure, provided pace of speech is slow and clearly articulated in a familiar accent about common subjects such as food, describing people, and free time.

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