Language Arts Tutoring  

Elementary School English - Language, as a cornerstone of thought, knowledge, and culture, is the primary way people communicate ideas and feelings. Language is a lifelong resource for learning, enjoyment and understanding human experiences; these processes are interrelated and interdependent. Literacy develops best in a language-rich environment, where there is plenty of time for experience, interaction, reflection, and communication. These are the foundations of the elementary school english curriculum.

Middle School English - teaches comprehension skills and vocabulary within the context of guided and independent reading. Process writing provides practice in a variety of purposes and models and the context for instruction in the grammatical and mechanical skills of language. Students begin investigating literature and are challenged to develop advanced skills in reading, composition, oral communication and logical argument. The grammatical, mechanical and syntactical skills of language are taught within the meaningful context of the writing process at the middle school level.

High School English - high school english introduces instructional elements in grammar, vocabulary development, composition literature, analytical/critical reading and oral communication:

  • Reading Comprehension - reading comprehension is defined as the level of understanding of a text or message. This understanding comes from the interaction between words that are written and how they trigger knowledge outside the text or message. Proficient reading depends on the ability to recognize words quickly and effortlessly.
  • Verbal Reasoning - is understanding and reasoning using concepts framed in words. It aims at evaluating ability to think constructively, rather than at simple fluency or vocabulary recognition.
  • Spelling - spelling improves reading and writing fluency, while helping to cement the connection between the letters and their sounds, and learning high-frequency "sight words" to mastery level. It also improves vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Vocabulary - Vocabulary knowledge is highly correlated with reading comprehension, and helps a student remember what he or she has read. The gap in vocabulary knowledge widens with age - it becomes more significant in high school than it possibly was in elementary school.
  • Essay Preparation and Writing - explore and develop the essay writing process from the prewriting stage to the revision stage. In between, emphasis is placed on how to formulate a detailed and focused thesis statement, writing a structured and exciting introductory paragraph that leads up to the thesis statement, developing a well-structured body and conclusion paragraphs, specific supporting details, and transitional phrases that all work to support the thesis statement.
  • University Level Language Arts - curriculum areas typically include four modes of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. University programs are charged with guiding students toward proficiency in these four language modes, which can be compared and contrasted in several ways. Listening and speaking involve oral language and are often referred to as primary modes since they are acquired naturally in the home and community environments before students go to school.