COURSE NAME: KEY, for students over age 11.
Course Books: “Super Minds” Level 6 and “THINK 1” from Cambridge University Press
Class Time: Each class is 1 hour – 30 minutes and the class meets 2 times a week. In Addition, we have 30 minutes each week for a Speaking Lab for this course.
We offer two courses for Level A2 (of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)) and the names for these courses are KEY1 and KEY2. The first course KEY-1 is for Middle School children, ages 10-11 who have already completed Level A1. The curriculum for this course is Super Minds, book 6. The second course is called KEY-2 and this course is for older students ages 12 and up. The curriculum used for this course is THINK 1.
Both courses are designed to help students advance through Level A2 and to prepare them for the Cambridge Level A2 exam called the KEY Exam. All aspects of language learning are developed including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The language skills are developed at A2 level and include a wide range of new vocabulary, more advanced grammar topics, exciting and interesting articles and stories, with listening and speaking activities at a higher level. Students practice speaking in dialogues and role plays that are designed to help them learn the new vocabulary and practice the grammar skills learned in each unit. The courses also use music and rhythm to develop pronunciation and make learning interesting and fun. Electronic white boards are used to enhance course material with interactive learning activities and games. Students also practice more advance writing skills that help them to incorporate the new grammar learned in each unit. These courses also help develop cognitive skills and explore social values through reading and speaking tasks. A wide range of thinking skills are taught and practiced including more specialized cognitive language skills such as hypothesizing, making inferences, logical thinking, story analysis, sequential thinking, making connections, and exploring differences and comparisons.
KEY-1: Course Book, Super Minds Book 6:
The central theme of explorers and their adventures is continued in this last book of the Super Minds series and a new theme of time travel is introduced. Each unit includes interesting stories and articles as various language topics are covered in the unit. The topics covered in this course include travel and time travel, past historical themes of ancient Egypt and pirates, sports, shopping, tools and machines, space and space travel, nature themes and the artic.
Each unit develops a theme for the heroes with interesting and exciting adventures that introduces new vocabulary and grammar. Grammar topics covered include continuous, perfect, and future verb tenses, modal verbs, determiners, and conditionals. Students practice new vocabulary and grammar in writing and especially in speaking. The speaking tasks include the use of dialogues and conversations that help students learn and practice functional language and collocations needed for this level. And in each lesson social values are presented in story form to help students discuss and form important life values.
KEY-2: Course Book, THINK BOOK1:
The themes for the THINK curriculum are relevant for teenagers and young adults. In every unit students develop and practice all aspects of language learning including reading, writing, listening and speaking. The topics covered in this course include hobbies, money, food, family, home, friends, leisure and sports, world wonders, city and town, body and travel. Each unit includes interesting articles and stories for reading and listening and these stories are used to introduce new vocabulary and grammar. Each unit gives two grammar lessons and the grammar themes cover the necessary structures for A2 level including present, continuous, perfect and future tenses, determiners, question forms, comparative forms, pronouns, and countable-uncountable nouns. Writing skills are developed to coincide with the themes for each unit. Speaking skills are developed using role-plays, conversations, and functional phrases and collocations for everyday speech. In addition, each unit students discuss and explore social values and relevant topics to develop thinking skills.
In both of these courses students also practice for the Cambridge KEY exam with Cambridge exam preparation materials. In exam preparation students can practice what they learn in each unit and develop their language abilities to use level A2 Skills. During the school year, students take practice exams at three different times and these practice exams help students to see their progress as well as prepare for the exam. At the end of the course students have opportunity to take the Cambridge KEY A2 exam and receive an international certificate for successful completion of level A2.
Students’ progress is regularly monitored throughout the school year. Students must be actively involved in their study in these courses to complete them successfully. This includes participation in class activities and regularly completing home tasks. We keep parents informed of students’ involvement in the courses especially regarding the completion of homework tasks and practice exam results. Also, we make recommendations for improving their study habits in progress reports to the parents.