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English

English 9

This course is structured to give students the ability to write literary commentary essays and to critique various works of literature. Topics covered include: essay writing, delivering presentations, analysing speeches, short stories, and various works of American literature.

English 10

This course familiarizes students with a comprehensive overview of literary elements and analytical techniques important for AP Literature or Language classes. Topics covered include: Shakespearean and other world literature, poetry, short stories, and various styles of essays.

English 11

This course is designed to support the learner’s appreciation of literature, and development as a critical reader and thinker, and as a competent writer. As such, the course will prepare students for exemplary performance in college level work of every subject in an English-medium educational environment. In this course, students will be required to develop good academic habits and learn to confidently use the tools required for advanced reading and communication in English and English-speaking cultures.

English 12

This course is designed to further support the learner’s appreciation of literature, and development as a critical reader and thinker, and as a competent writer. As such, the course will prepare students for exemplary performance in college level work of every subject in an English-medium educational environment. In this course, students will be required to develop good academic habits and learn to confidently use the tools required for advanced reading and communication in English and English-speaking cultures.

AP English Language & Composition

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

English Electives

Journalism

This is a multi-media course, which provides an overview of the basic elements of traditional and digital journalism . The class will explore the different sections of the traditional newspaper and much of the class output will be used for a SSI newspaper and the yearbook. Additionally, students will be tasked with producing a digital newsletter, traditional newspaper, and a yearbook for the SSI community at large. By the end of the course, students should have a general understanding of how to interview, investigate, and create compelling stories and articles for a diverse audience. They will also understand the process by which published texts such as newspapers and yearbooks are created.

Critical Reading I

Critical Reading I is designed to prepare students for the Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing sections of the TOEFL. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with these sections of the TOEFL and develop strategies for solving different prompt types. Students will also have the opportunity to explore a range of popular topics on culture, environmental science, psychology, biology, and social science. They will share and develop their opinions through research and group discussions.

Critical Reading II

Critical Reading II is designed to prepare students for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and Essay portion of the SAT along with the English, Reading, and Writing tests of the ACT. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with these sections of the SAT and ACT and develop strategies for solving different prompt types. Students will develop their reading and writing skills through reading and discussion, projects, and practice tests.

ESL Program

Accelerated Reading (AR)

This course is tailored specifically to readers who wish to improve their reading ability. By partaking in this individualized reading program, students will read at an accelerated pace and receive personal guidance for improving their comprehension, vocabulary, critical thinking and analysis.

English Reading I & II

These courses are multi-media reading and critical thinking courses, which provides an overview of the basic elements of academic reading, writing and presentation. We will survey a broad range of topics, from economics to the environment, through watching and reading texts based on Ted Talks of world-renowned experts. Furthermore, there will be many opportunities to collaborate with classmates on projects that critically discuss and explore controversies in our ever-changing world. By the end of the course, students should have a general understanding of how to critically read texts, draw conclusions and make inferences based on details. Students will get a good grasp of the basic elements of both persuasive and informative reading.

English Speaking I & II

These courses are multi-media listening, speaking, and critical thinking courses, which provides an overview of the basic elements of academic and informal speech and presentation. A survey of a broad range of topics, from science to history, with many listening and written examples representative of particular time periods, cultures and noted scholars. By the end of the course, students should have a general understanding of how to make and present a persuasive argument in a presentation or debate. Furthermore, students will get a good grasp of the basic elements present in spoken English.

English Writing I & II

These courses provide beginning ELL students with the opportunity to develop their writing skills. In this course, students will learn the process of writing, from brainstorming to editing for the final draft, along with common vocabulary words that are relevant to the topics covered in the course. Students will practice generating sentences about various topics and learn to revise their work. By the end of the course, students will be prepared to construct paragraphs that discuss a topic.

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