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Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Beginners

Open to: Grades 2 to 4

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the CTY English Language Development placement test is required to enroll in this course.

Course Format: Session BasedSee calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Course Code: ELD1

Course Description


CTY’s online English language development courses are challenging, above-grade-level courses designed for students in grades 2 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, Beginners is uniquely designed to help non-native English speakers who have less than a year of exposure to English, but have some basic vocabulary and command of the language. In this course, students will build strong vocabulary and grammar, and improve their basic writing skills.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. 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:

  • Read fact and fiction short passages, and become more comfortable with reading in English.
  • Improve their understanding of English written text, and improve their comprehension skills through guided practice.
  • Develop level-appropriate linguistic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, grammar, and writing.
  • Learn new vocabulary, and learn how to use the terms in both written and spoken English.
  • Learn basic English grammar and learn how to use it in written text.
  • Work on pronunciation of English letters and blends to better their speaking skills.
  • Learn STEM academic content vocabulary and language.

By the end of the course, students will be able to write complete sentences in a variety of formats: simple, compound, and complex to help students be more successful in academic writing in the areas of STEM. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate I.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Required

Students must purchase a headset with microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

This course will focus on learning how to write complete and understandable sentences.

WeekLessonSTEM TopicGrammar Topics
11The OceanUnderstanding Correct Sentence Order
2The OceanIdentifying Parts of Speech
21Cloud FormationLearning and Recognizing the Different Types of Nouns
2Cloud FormationWriting Sentences Using the Simple Present Tense
31Lightening and ThunderLearning and Identifying the Different Types of Adjectives
2Lightening and ThunderWriting Using the Simple Present Tense of Be
41Tornadoes and HurricanesUnderstanding the Different Between Subject and Object Pronouns
2Tornadoes and HurricanesWriting Using the Conjunction “and”
51The Immune SystemWriting using the articles “a”, “an”, and “the”
2The Immune SystemUsing Articles with Singular and Plural Count Nouns
61Midterm ReviewMidterm Review Part 1
2Midterm ReviewMidterm Review Part 2
71States of MatterIdentifying Prepositional Phrases
2States of MatterWriting with Prepositional Phrases of Time and Place
81Solar EnergyBuilding Longer Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions: And
2Solar EnergyBuilding Longer Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions: But
91Water EnergyBuilding Longer Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions: So
2Water EnergyWriting Sentences Using Simple Past Tense
101Wind EnergyComprehending Dependent and Independent Clauses
2Wind EnergyBuilding Longer Sentences with Subordinating Conjunctions: Before, After, When
111The Solar SystemIdentifying Adverbs and the Different Types of Adverbs
2The Solar SystemWriting Using the Present Progressive Tense
121ReviewGrammar Review for Final Exam
2ReviewGrammar Review for Final Exam


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Time Required

Students should expect to spend about 5-7 hours per week on this course.

Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.