Live, Teacher-Led, Highly Interactive Online Classes. A large body of research confirms that a comprehensive vocabulary correlates strongly and consistently with success in both college and career. Discover what makes this unique class so powerful under the COURSE DETAILS tab below.
*Because we believe vocabulary development is vital, we make this course available AT NO ADDITIONAL COST as part of all Special Offer Course Packages and with most writing courses. See SPECIAL OFFERS tab below for this offer.
When: Mondays, 12:30 - 1:15 pm EST
Instructor: Sandra Selling
Is your student’s vocabulary where it needs to be? Perhaps while your student’s reading vocabulary is excellent, that extensive vocabulary rarely emerges in his or her speech or writing, or when it does appear, your student may misuse his newly learned words. Other students may promptly forget their freshly acquired vocabulary when the school year ends. Many may learn a word like metastasis, but then not recognize that metastatic and metastatically are merely other forms of the same word, and so they have no idea what these additional words mean. Another common challenge is that students may comprehend the word metastasize when they see it in the context of cancer, but are thoroughly confused when they encounter it used metaphorically to describe a destructive social trend spreading throughout the country. An ever-expanding body of research has found that when students memorize words without the benefit of varied contexts, they often don't fully understand the meaning of the word or how to correctly use it themselves. Perhaps more importantly, they often are unable to remember and apply its definition when they encounter the word in reading.
How does our College Prep Vocabulary Series attack these challenges? Using a variety of research-based methods, students in this course first expand their word knowledge through a study of Greek and Latin roots, suffixes, and prefixes. Why learn these and not English words? Approximately 60% of English words have meanings influenced by Greek and Latin. Students who learn 14 English words will know only those 14. However, if students use that same time and energy to learn and study the right 14 Greek or Latin roots and how to use this knowledge with a word's context to decode the meaning of new words they encounter, students will have the tools to decipher the meaning of over 100,000 words in English! They will also study vocabulary prevalent in today's media, high-frequency SAT words, and many tone words. These latter words can change the meaning of the text, and a failure to understand them often results in students misinterpreting whole passages. Also interwoven throughout the course, is instruction in relevant study skills to help students master this vocabulary.
Rather than focus on memorizing a long list of word definitions, which a large body of research confirms that students will quickly forget, this course emphasizes mastery and the ability to use all forms of a word in both oral and written speech. This course will include memorization, but memorization is NOT the focus. Classes consist of instruction and abundant in-class practice using both new and review words in a variety of games, activities, and exercises. At the end of the year, students won't just know the last few words learned. Those who have completed their work will have MASTERED ALL their words, from the first through the last! Moreover, they will have had fun doing it! Additionally, they will have acquired the skills to decipher the meaning of many more words they encounter in context. Be sure to see the Special Offers! tab for more about how to add this course at no additional cost.
Time to allow for this course: In addition to class sessions, students should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week preparing for class. Due to the nature of the material, the tools they will be using, and the course objective of mastery, students MUST study daily for 30 minutes/day on four days of the week. Ensure your student's success by reserving study time for this course on a daily basis. You will be amazed at the results!
*This course is also available AT NO ADDITIONAL COST as part of all Special Offer Course Packages (Click links below to see Package details):
Early Bird Pricing is also available as follows:
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The following are required:
1. This course requires no books. We supply all necessary materials in class.
2. Microsoft Office Word If you don’t currently own Word, the full Office Suite with PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, etc., is available for both MAC and PC users through Office 365. The cost for PC users is $6.99/month for an individual and $9.99/month for a family of up to 5, and the subscription provides continuous updates and upgrades. To purchase or see more options, click HERE.
Word is a powerful and intuitive tool students will utilize throughout college. MAC users are strongly encouraged to use Word for a more seamless class experience. When a task requires the use of Word, I include video instruction in the features of Word that will make the assignment easier. Since I use the most current version of Microsoft Word in these, this instruction will be most useful to students working with the same tools I am. While I use a PC, and MAC users may find occasional small differences from videos in what they need to do, students will also learn how to find answers to any computer-related questions quickly and easily.
Note: While we require only Word for most of our courses, familiarity with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are all beneficial college preparation as well because many general education requirements and higher-level courses use one or more of these in class assignments.
3. Headset with microphone and USB connection to your computer, NOT a pin-style, NOT a blue-tooth connection, and NOT your PC speakers and microphone. Their use will create audio problems for not just your student, but the entire group. A noise-canceling microphone is ideal. See pictures at the bottom of this page for a visual of the correct connection.
4. A webcam OR access to one may be necessary for a specific assignment or two.
5. Also, see ONLINE REQUIREMENTS for other requirements to participate online.
Parents are always invited, welcome, and encouraged to attend student classes or watch the recorded classes at their convenience.
During the school year, parents are to monitor their students' progress to ensure they remain current with lessons and assignments.
Grades, as well as completed and edited assignments, are always accessible online to both student and parents 24/7.
During the week, in my online office hours, or at other times by appointment, I am readily available to both parent and student for consultation and help with current lessons. Click here on Calendar 2018-2019 for office hours, class days and times. In my online office, I can see and type on your student's paper or share a book as we talk. He or she can do the same and can also write and draw on my whiteboard. We can find resources together on the internet or pull up any needed materials or papers from our computers. I can help them with drafts, the organization of files in file folders, and even occasionally walk them through using helpful features on their computers. Parents are encouraged to join student consultations whenever possible.
Within a week of enrolling their pupil, parents will also receive access to and complete a survey about their teen's learning needs, previous writing experience, and other helpful information. They will do this for each student one time per year only, NOT once for each course. Students will receive a similar survey and, at their convenience, complete a skills assessment. Survey answers and assessment results allow me to tailor lessons to meet the needs of the class and to ensure your student receives the greatest benefit possible. Please take the time to answer the survey questions thoughtfully; they are your chance to tell me your goals for your student, what his or her learning needs are, and how I can best help him or her.
Students and parents will also be admitted to their separate forums where they can ask questions of the group or me and share information, ideas, and advice with one another. I love it when moms or students from last year can answer questions or reassure new moms and students from the perspective of one who has been there. Please feel free to jump in if you have something to add. Of course, if you have a highly personal question that would not be of interest to others, you may email. Please always be sure to put the word PARENT or STUDENT in all caps in the subject line. Doing this will highlight your email so that it stands out and won't be missed.
1. High-Speed Internet Access (Please Note: Linux operating systems don’t work with our webinar service.)
2. Siblings attending the same class must each have their own computer. They CANNOT share one. Siblings attending different classes CAN share a computer.
3. Parents need a separate email or Gmail address to which the student does NOT have access. Use this email when setting up your parent account. If you have one, please use a Gmail, rather than an email, address. Gmail will allow more seamless access to some course features.
4. Each student needs a separate email address to which the parent DOES have access. Again, if they have one, please use Gmail. Use a different email for enrolling each student. Because parents know the password, they will be able to monitor whether their student is keeping up with assignments and access their work and grades. Parental access is NOT optional (See Parent Involvement tab). The unique email address for each student is how the system identifies them, their work, and their grades.
5. Quiet room: Online students MUST have a quiet space in which to attend class to avoid a noisy environment for the entire group. Because we often have oral discussions, muting student microphones until they're ready to speak doesn't work because it significantly slows down group interaction. Students need a quiet place. Siblings must attend an online class from separate rooms. Otherwise, they will create echoes for the group.
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