Open to: Grades 3 and up
Prerequisites: Qualifying math or verbal score and successful completion of Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate II or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: ELD4
CTY’s online English language development courses are challenging, above-grade-level courses designed for students in grades 3 and up who seek to enhance their English writing skills with the emphasis on building strong grammar and vocabulary. These courses advance each student’s English academic content language in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math for academic writing in those areas.
Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Advanced is designed for both native and non-native English speakers. This course is open to students who have either successfully completed Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate II, or have approximately seven to ten years of exposure to the English Language. In this course, students will improve and augment their STEM essay writing skills and advance their general and STEM vocabulary and grammar through a focus on writing effective paragraphs.
The interactive lessons will give students the opportunity to take risks and have fun while working on improving English grammar, speaking, listening, reading, and composition skills. The virtual classroom includes live audio and video interaction with the instructor and online classmates, interactive whiteboard, multimedia learning materials including games, and other features to enhance online learning.
In this course, students will:
By the end of this course, students will acquire more STEM concepts, knowledge, and vocabulary. This course will prepare eligible students to take CTY’s online science, engineering, and math courses, as well as Crafting the Essay for English Language Learners. Review course prerequisites carefully prior to enrolling.
In order to determine the placement level for this course, an ELD placement test can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
Students must purchase a headset with a microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.
In addition, the following textbooks are required for this course:
Optional Workbook (NOT Required):
This course will focus on improving essay writing and understanding the differences between different types of essays.
|Week||Lesson||STEM Topic||Grammar Topic|
|1||1||The Scientific Method||Introductions|
Course Overview and Tour
Five Elements of Good Writing
|2||The Scientific Method||Main Features of Paragraphs Vs. Essays, Different Types of Paragraphs and Essays, Building Better Vocabulary, Phrasal Verbs|
|2||1||Water Biomes||Five-Paragraph Essay Blueprint, Understanding the Writing Process: The Seven Steps, Introduction to Descriptive Essays|
|2||Water Biomes||The Hook, Using Quotations and Citing Ideas to Avoid Plagiarism, Descriptive Essay Outline|
|3||1||Animal Diversity||Language Focus: Describing with the Five Senses, Reading a Diagram, Steps to Writing a Descriptive Essay|
|2||Animal Diversity||Language Focus: Prepositions of Place, Two Ways to Organize Descriptive Essays, Descriptive Essay Drafts|
|4||1||The Plant Kingdom||Connectors and Transitions, Adverbs of Degree, Organization of a Comparison Essay|
|2||The Plant Kingdom||Forming the Comparative and Superlative of Adjectives and Adverbs, Parallel Structure, Comparison Essay Outline|
|5||1||Food Chains and Food Webs||Prefixes, Variety of Outlines, Working with Language in a Comparison Essay|
|2||Food Chains and Food Webs||Sentence Types, Features of a Concluding Sentence, Transitions with Concluding Sentences, Comparison Essay Draft|
|6||1||STEM Midterm Review||Midterm Review|
|2||STEM Midterm Review||Midterm Review|
|7||1||Heat Transfer||Ways of Expressing Past Actions, Clear Pronoun Reference, Organization of a Cause-Effect Essay|
|2||Heat Transfer||Suffixes, Connectors and Transitions, Proofreading Strategies, Cause and Effect Outline|
|8||1||Newton’s Laws of Motion||Preposition Combinations with Nouns, Titles for Your Work, Working with Language in a Cause-Effect Essay|
|2||Newton’s Laws of Motion||Suffixes, Use of the Pronoun in Academic Writing, Cause and Effect Final Draft|
|9||1||Cell Structure and Functions||Classifying information, The Passive Voice, Organization of a Classification Essay|
|2||Cell Structure and Functions||Integrating Information, Classification Essay Outline|
|10||1||Cell Structure and Functions||Adjective Clauses, Working with Language in a Classification Essay|
|2||Cell Structure and Functions||Looking for Patterns, Capitalization and Punctuation Activities, Classification Essay Draft|
|11||1||Mixtures and Solutions||Working on Final Essay of Choice|
Review 1st 4 Weeks of STEM Topics
|2||Mixtures and Solutions||Working on Final Essay of Choice|
Review 2nd 4 Weeks of STEM Topics
|12||1||Final Review of All STEM Topics Covered||Grammar Review for Final Exam Part 1 & 2|
Students should expect to spend about 5-7 hours per week on this course.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.