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 Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: ELD1
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:
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.
Students must purchase a headset with microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.
This course will focus on learning how to write complete and understandable sentences.
|Week||Lesson||STEM Topic||Grammar Topics|
|1||1||The Ocean||Understanding Correct Sentence Order|
|2||The Ocean||Identifying Parts of Speech|
|2||1||Cloud Formation||Learning and Recognizing the Different Types of Nouns|
|2||Cloud Formation||Writing Sentences Using the Simple Present Tense|
|3||1||Lightening and Thunder||Learning and Identifying the Different Types of Adjectives|
|2||Lightening and Thunder||Writing Using the Simple Present Tense of Be|
|4||1||Tornadoes and Hurricanes||Understanding the Different Between Subject and Object Pronouns|
|2||Tornadoes and Hurricanes||Writing Using the Conjunction “and”|
|5||1||The Immune System||Writing using the articles “a”, “an”, and “the”|
|2||The Immune System||Using Articles with Singular and Plural Count Nouns|
|6||1||Midterm Review||Midterm Review Part 1|
|2||Midterm Review||Midterm Review Part 2|
|7||1||States of Matter||Identifying Prepositional Phrases|
|2||States of Matter||Writing with Prepositional Phrases of Time and Place|
|8||1||Solar Energy||Building Longer Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions: And|
|2||Solar Energy||Building Longer Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions: But|
|9||1||Water Energy||Building Longer Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions: So|
|2||Water Energy||Writing Sentences Using Simple Past Tense|
|10||1||Wind Energy||Comprehending Dependent and Independent Clauses|
|2||Wind Energy||Building Longer Sentences with Subordinating Conjunctions: Before, After, When|
|11||1||The Solar System||Identifying Adverbs and the Different Types of Adverbs|
|2||The Solar System||Writing Using the Present Progressive Tense|
|12||1||Review||Grammar Review for Final Exam|
|2||Review||Grammar Review for Final Exam|
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.
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.