Fall Term Enrichment Programs

Hone your skills and enhance your knowledge!

ARCH offers an array of enrichment programs to enhance students’ abilities to THINK, SPEAK | DEBATE, READ & WRITE.

Our exciting and engaging courses are created by talented, experienced in-house educators and all our programs are delivered by qualified teachers from top US and UK universities, including Ivy League and Oxbridge graduates. Come and dive in to a love of learning at ARCH. 

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The Programs

Our flagship program Socrates aims to instill in students the key transferable skills and intellectual tools necessary for effective lifelong learning. Mastering the critical and lateral thinking capability will prepare students for their transition from local to international schools, the intense research of IB, the in depth investigation of A Levels and the current affairs analysis for DSE Liberal Studies. 

Key Course Structure

Topics: Current Affairs, Open-ended Questions
Skills: Questioning, Critical Analysis Multi-perspective Thinking
Deliverables: Essays, Improv, Debates, Interviews

SOCRATES LEVEL 1 (ages 9-11) 

Theme:

Recreation and Social Awareness

Application

Questioning, Critical Thinking, Essay writing, Improv presentation, Debate, MUN, Model Presidential Elections

Description:

This Fall term, our students will be investigating issues of expression and opinions that can be portrayed and professed in fields of art and recreation. By looking at famous artist like Banksy, famous football leagues and popular online gaming, we train students to exercise key skills in observation and abstraction based on their own personal experiences. Through discussion and analysis, we will also develop their ability to relate the unrelatable in order to gain a better appreciation and solve issues that surround them.

SOCRATES LEVEL 2 (ages 12-14)

Theme: 

Governing the World

Application

Questioning, Critical Thinking, Essay writing, Improv presentation, Debate, MUN, Model Presidential Elections

Description:

As the world contends with crisis after crisis, we see a world that is closer together in experience but further apart in action. In this fall term of Socrates, we will visit the fabric of the world village through the lens of security, diplomatic and economic challenges. We will be enhancing students’ skills in research and critical analysis as we investigate the frameworks that bind countries together as well as consider how evolving uncertainties that government are facing can be resolved.

 

Fall Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Sep 7 - Oct 24

 

7 lessons

(Every Sat)

1.5 hours per lesson

 

Our Public Speaking and Debate Programs focus on communication skills and advocacy techniques that empower students to articulate themselves with confidence.  Our programs are led by the Debate Coach & Selector of the Hong Kong Debate Team, Sandeep Chulani, and the Former Captain of the HKU Debate Team and first Worlds (WUDC) final rounds debater from Hong Kong, Albert Ma. Both have had strong track record in coaching students for international competitions, including World Schools and BPDC.

Key Course Structure (Public Speaking)
Topics
: News, Interviews, Documentaries, Boardroom Debates
Focus: Stage Presence, Interviewing Techniques, Speech Writing
Deliverables: Monologues, Speeches, Presentation

Key Course Structure (Debate)
Topics
: Current Affairs, Public Policies, Moral & Ethical Dilemmas
Skills: Critical & Analytical Thinking, Strategic Speaking, Debate Logistics
Deliverables: Speeches, Presidential Parliamentary & Formal Debates

PUBLIC SPEAKING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Highlights: Eye Contact, Gesture, Poise, Tone, Pace

Description:

Learning classic poems and the skills to deliver recitals rich in emotion. Master the verbal and non-verbal techniques to capture the attention of your audience. Followed by guided writing of a personal story that you will narrate to share your experience and feelings with your peers.

PUBLIC SPEAKING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Highlights: Logic, Argumentation, Policy Proposals, Team Debate

Description: 

Learn to speak with distinction and prepare speeches to rouse spirits and awareness on important social issues. Carry that conviction to formulate proposal presentations to improve the circumstances. Create consensus with discussions and debates to find the best solution.

DEBATE LEVEL 1 (ages 11-12)

Highlights

• Critical Thinking
• Construct Arguments
• Communication Skills

Description: 

This entry level debate class introduces the world of debate to budding speakers through interactive group work and constant feedback from our coaches. A combination of spoken and written practices will ignite your child’s ability to think critically about what matters.

DEBATE LEVEL 2 (ages 13-14)

Highlights: 

• Points of Information
• Role Fulfilment in Competitive Debates
• Analysis of Public Policy

Description: 

Formal debate skills are honed to shape orators at this stage. Through peer brainstorming and technical exercises, our coaches will guide students through frameworks of analysis that enable them to delve into local and global issues which otherwise may seem abstract and disconnected.

DEBATE LEVEL 3 (age 15-16)

Highlights: 

• Advanced Research
• British Parliamentary Style Debates
• Competition Preparation

Description: 

Four competing teams in a round, live-fire interjection during a speech or sharp questions from the floor. Aspiring debaters joining this course will be trained through a series of tournament level debate motions to develop the competence to analyse, compose and deliver full speeches at the standard of regional tournaments.

DEBATE TOURNAMENTS

With a dedicated team of trainers, ARCH will invite committed debaters to join the ARCH team in experiential expeditions to overseas tournaments in the region and beyond. This will broaden the learning horizon of our students and expose them to a competitive environment that will challenge them to strive and grow. Our debaters have had great successes with Oxford Schools and Asian Schools tournaments and we look forward to welcoming more keen and talented debaters to join!

Upcoming tournaments:

  • Hong Kong Debate Open
  • Worlds University Pre Tournament Open
  • Thailand Debate Open
  • Asia World Schools Debate Championship
  • Kyushu Debate Open

 

Fall Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Sep 7 - Dec 19

15 lessons

1.5 - 2 hours per lesson

(dependent on level)

Our Critical Reading program guides students to develop stronger transferable skills in analyzing literary texts. Perfect for all who wish to develop and build the love for literature whilst strengthening their analytical skills!

Key Course Structure
Topics
: Narrative, Expository & Literature
Skills: Comprehension with Command Words, Literary Techniques & Genre Structures
Deliverables: Critical Analysis, Writing Projects, Assessment

READING FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)

Theme: Playful Toys

Highlights: Zoomorphism and Morals

Description: 

Following the adventures of everyone’s favorite toy of Paddington Bear and The Velveteen Rabbit to learn the importance of morals in each story and bringing them to life with zoomorphism.

READING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Theme: Bravery and Individuality

Highlights: Foreshadowing and Allusions

Description

Go through the challenges of personal discovery with the tales of The One and Only Ivan, as well as The Call of the Wild. Appreciate the use of foreshadowing and allusions to tell and build the story with subtle context clues and powerful metaphors.

READING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Theme: Self and Society

Highlights: Theme, Motif, Allusions

Description

With The Outsiders exposing students with themes that have stood the test of time, there is no better material to learn how to identify, critically analyse and create from. From this course they will learn about the nature of themes, and how motif can be regarded as its most important building block. Through this course they will better understand the use of a reference to express themselves and potentially usher forth a set of new modern allusions.

READING ADVANCED (ages 13-14)

Theme: Becoming a Young Adult

Highlights: Symbolism, Diction, Imagery, Syntax

Description

Intimate friendships, invaluable life lessons and self-defining moments: coming of age novels are the key to understanding other cultures and perspectives. Students will be immersed in the literary style of Bildungsroman through The House on Mango Street and The Kite Rider.

 

Fall Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Sep 7 - Dec 19

15 lessons

1.5 - 2 hours per lesson

(dependent on level)

Our writing program helps students to develop a variety of writing styles and to write with greater fluidity. Students are exposed to four types of writing which include descriptive, persuasive, narrative and expository. These are explored through analysing texts and in-class practices. Submodules focus on key skills that are required for the writing tasks and built on prior knowledge. Grammar and editing activities are incorporated to ensure students improve their technical accuracy.

Key Course Structure
Topics
: Narrative, Expository & Literature
Skills: Comprehension with Command Words, Literary Techniques & Genre Structures
Deliverables: Critical Analysis, Writing Projects, Assessment

WRITING FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)

Theme:  Playful Toys

Highlights

• Nouns & Adjectives
• Exaggerations & Commands

Description: 

Write convincingly to persuade shoppers to buy a new toy that you have invented with a professional advertisement. Then as the toy itself, travel the world and tell other toys about your exciting journeys with descriptive postcards from all your destinations.

WRITING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Theme: Bravery and Individuality

Highlights

• Transition / Imperative Verbs
• Rhetorical Questions
• Repetition

Description

Build a powerful myth that employs striking figurative languages in an expository story that captures the readers’ imagination. Then learn the usage of rhetorical devices to deliver a strong argumentative essay for minority ideas and support different opinions.

WRITING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Theme: Slice of Life

Highlights

• Imagery & Characterisation 
• Sensory Descriptions & Dialogue 
• Tension & Conflict

Description

The course will incorporate the key elements of descriptive and narrative writing, paving the way to success in the (I)GCSE Language Paper and beyond. Students will be guided at every turn to learn advanced techniques such as employing sensory information, imagery, indirect characterisation, nuanced dialogue among other skills to enhance their writing.

WRITING ADVANCED (ages 13-14)

Theme: Written Advocacy

Highlights

• Parallelism & Diction
• Pathos & Tone 
• Personification & Connotation

Description

The Fall Advanced Writing course focuses on effective communication in real life scenarios through writing letters and expository essays. Students will be taught the conventions of form al letters and writing expository writing, and they will be encouraged to condense their ideas and convey them in a concise manner and to write with precision.

 

Fall Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Sep 7 - Dec 19

 

15 lessons

 

1.5 - 2 hours per lesson

(dependent on level)

 

"This is not only 'thinking outside the box' but also making relationships between events, elaboration and judgemental skills.These skills will not only help with my studies but with the rest of my life! These topics are surely not taught at school. "
Alison
CIS, Year 11, Socrates
"I learned a lot of different kinds of writing and lots of techniques that I haven't developed before. The course is awesome! I liked learning with friends and the teacher was very confident and nice. I loved being in this lovely environment.  "
Joseph
(Writing Junior)
"I have developed how to read between the lines, infering hidden messages or themes and voicing out opinions and thoughts. I enjoyed discussing the books with my classmates. "
Serena
SPCC, Form 3, Critical Reading
"I have learnt about how to organize my writing and mostly about precision. My vocabulary choice improved a lot after this course. I enjoy writing essays and hearing what other classmates have to say about my essay. "
Jennifer
CIS, Year 8, Writing
"I like how we were given quizes in between the modules to see if we truly knew the meaning. I learned how to write feature articles, blogs and literary pieces and I also learnt more about writing personal statements and the differences and aspects between the US and UK applications.  "
Rahul
(Writing Advanced)
"In secondary school, there will be liberal studies and the Socrates Program has helped me to think. It has aroused my interest in debates and helped me improve my rebuttal skills. "
Charlotte
DGS, Primary 6, Socrates
"I enjoyed the short free time during the teacher’s judging, because we continued to arguing with each other even when the debate was over. We learnt about a lot of court etiquettes and how to crack the oppositions’ case. "
Stephanie
DGS, Year 9, Debate
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