The courses in this track focus specifically on reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills. Students build their critical thinking abilities as they complete tasks and assignments appropriate to their level of proficiency.
1300 Reading & Writing: Foundations
Students in the 1300 level build basic familiarity with the sounds and shapes of the English alphabet. This is done through careful guidance on writing letters, words, phrases, and simple sentences both by hand on paper and via typing on a computer. Students read level-appropriate texts at a rate of 100-120 words per minute. Grammar covers parts of speech, singular and plural nouns, proper word order for yes/no question construction, and sentence fragments.
1400 Reading & Writing: Low Intermediate
Students in the 1400 level write simple and compound sentences in coherent and unified paragraphs with attention to the rules of capitalization, indentation, and proper mechanics for punctuation. Reading focuses on finding the main idea and supporting details of teacher-selected texts. Students are able to summarize the main ideas from given texts in one complete sentence using reported speech and appropriate citation. Reading fluency is increased and vocabulary is expanded.
1500 Reading & Writing: Intermediate
Students in the 1500 level are introduced to writing one-paragraph summaries and short essays using proper citation. They are able to differentiate between main ideas and details in a given text. Grammar focuses on dependent clause structure, sentence-level coordination and subordination, modals, and additional concepts based on students’ needs. Reading fluency is increased and vocabulary is drawn from the Academic Word List in addition to teacher-selected lists.
1600 Reading & Writing: Low Advanced
Students in the 1600 level use a variety of sentence types and mechanics to write summary-responses and five-paragraph essays using APA citation for inclusion of outside sources. Grammar topics covered include passive voice, subjunctive mood, discourse markers, and parallel structure. Students practice reading strategies such as skimming and scanning. Reading fluency is increased and vocabulary is drawn from the Academic Word List in addition to teacher-selected lists.
1700 Reading & Writing: Advanced
Students in the 1700 level practice integration of reading, writing and problem solving strategies that develop independent evaluation and application of text genres, essay structures, and research sources. Students promote their ability to build content detail, develop counter-arguments, and incorporate bibliographic detail into essays while distinguishing personal opinions from source opinions. Students deduce vocabulary meanings from context and encode, decode and define level-appropriate words. Grammar topics include participle phrases, appositives, indirect questions, an introduction to choosing gerunds vs. infinitives, a review of commas and conjunctions, and continued reinforcement of sentence-level subordination and coordination.