Spring 2022  | 10-week Courses

AP English Language
& Composition

READING COMPREHENSION (Multiple Choice)

The AP Lang multiple-choice section is similar to SAT Reading but more challenging. Students who are trained in Jen’s SAT Reading & Writing can apply what they have learned to AP Lang multiple-choice questions, but AP Lang question types are disparate. In this class, students will take 1 diag per class (45 questions/1 hour), and Jen will teach the principles and strategies on how to tackle difficult question types on tricky passages, rhetorical devices, authors’ intention/purpose, best revisions, and more.

Saturdays Only (3/12 - 5/7) | 2pm-4pm

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AP English Language
& Composition

ESSAY WRITING

There are 3 AP Lang essay types: 1) Synthesis, 2) Rhetorical Analysis, and 3) Argumentative (3 essays, total 2 hours 15 minutes). In this class, Jen teaches students—for each different essay type—how to outline, write topic sentences & thesis, and draft paragraphs WITHIN the assigned time limit (40 minutes per essay).

Saturdays Only (3/12 - 5/7) | 4pm-5:30pm

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Intensive Reading Comprehension & Writing

9th/Advanced 8th Grade

Sophisticated English skills—higher levels of vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension (RC)—are critical for any professional career in students’ future. Cultivating students’ higher language assets for professional and efficient communication—both written and verbal—is NOT optional. Jen’s Intensive Reading Comprehension is NOT about mindless drilling of multiple-choice questions but focuses on actually improving students’ language levels by rigorously teaching the foundation of advanced English vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension—that will last the entire duration of students’ future careers.

Saturdays Only (3/19 - 5/21) | 9:00am - 11:00am

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Intensive Reading Comprehension & Writing

10th/Advanced 9th Grade

Sophisticated English skills—higher levels of vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension (RC)—are critical for any professional career in students’ future. Cultivating students’ higher language assets for professional and efficient communication—both written and verbal—is NOT optional. Jen’s Intensive Reading Comprehension is NOT about mindless drilling of multiple-choice questions but focuses on actually improving students’ language levels by rigorously teaching the foundation of advanced English vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension—that will last the entire duration of students’ future careers.

Saturdays Only (3/19 - 5/21) | 5:30pm-7:30pm

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The New York Times: Critical Thinking, Debate, & Writing

7th/8th Grade

Non-fiction reading comprehension has become much more significant for middle and high school students. Out of 4~5 passages in the SAT/ACT Reading Sections, ONLY 1 passage is excerpted from literature; the rest of passages are from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The types of vocabulary and phrases frequently employed in non-fiction articles are different from those in literature, and 7th/8th graders need to start on non-fiction reading comprehension and writing—to meaningfully improve their language skills.

 

In this class, Jen chooses articles from The New York Times but edits/revises the contents herself—to make the articles (on society and politics) easier for 7th/8th graders to understand and assimilate the sophisticated writing styles of The New York Times article authors. Students learn to fully interpret the text articles and write their thoughts/opinions on what’s happening in our society, cultivating critical thinking as well.

Saturdays Only (3/19 - 5/21) | 5:30pm-7:30pm

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Book Club 
& Literary Writing

5th/6th Grade

Jen coaches 5/6th graders to read, analyze, and write about classical literature that students need to read in 6/7th. Students learn how to do in-depth reading, interpret themes/symbols/characters, and write literary analysis paragraphs/essays—properly citing and analyzing quotes. Reading questions are assigned each week to facilitate students’ deeper understanding of designated chapters.

Saturdays Only (3/19 - 5/21) | 11:00am - 12:30pm (6th)

Sundays Only (3/20 - 5/22) | 4:15pm - 5:45pm (5th)

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Spring 2022  | Break Intensive Courses

Rhetoric Analysis Essay Writing

9th/10th Grade

One of the core tasks in literary analysis essay writing—that students are typically asked to do in school English classes—is dissecting a writer’s rhetorical strategies. Jen teaches students representative rhetorical devices (figurative language), how to identify them in a passage, and how to assess their functions in conveying the writer’s theme. Passages are selected from various fiction and nonfiction works.

9:00am - 11:30am

Class Options

Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8

Monday, April 11 - Friday, April 15

Monday, April 18 - Friday, April 22

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Writing One's Perspective on Social Issues & Public Speaking

7th/8th Grade

Jen teaches two facets in this class: 1) understanding and forming one’s stance on a critical social issue; and 2) confident delivery of one’s message. For 1), students will read The New York Times articles on a controversial social issue. For 2), Jen will coach students on the basics of public speaking.

 

Great public speaking involves confident body language, in addition to sophisticated linguistic means. Jen will teach students—most of whom might be diffident, reserved, or disorganized—how to write persuasive scripts on social issues and how to cultivate the strategies of body language to become effective public speakers. Students’ presentations in the last class will be video-recorded and sent to parents.

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Class Options

Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8

Monday, April 11 - Friday, April 15

Monday, April 18 - Friday, April 22

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