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Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Beginners

Open to: Grades 3 and up

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

Prerequisites: Score on placement test indicating at least basic English speaking, listening, and reading skills

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 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, 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.

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.

In order to determine the placement level for this course, an ELD placement test can be requested from

Materials Required

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

In addition, the following books are required for this course:

  • Great Writing Foundations by Keith S. Folse. ISBN-13: 9781285194981 
  • Wordly Wise 3000 Book 2, Educators Publishing Service, Third Edition, 2007, by Kenneth Hodkinson and Sandra Adams. ISBN: 978-0838876022
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Pearson Longman, Fifth Edition, 2009. ISBN:  978-1408215333

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 for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch 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.