Summer 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. 

Program Leaflet

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. 

This year our summer edition will be led by ARCH founder, Jennifer Ma, and our Associate Director of Education Services,
Albert Ma, himself a national debater. We also welcome parent participation on the last day of the one week course!

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/Questions:

Why are most planes white (give 5 reasons)? Why is globesity hard to tackle? Why is sports "political"?  

Application

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

Description:

Join our new series of Socrates for Junior Students as we explore the relationships we have with famous companies both as individuals and as a community. Discuss topics ranging from how our diets and cravings are shaped by colors and symbols to how companies influence the design of our homes and neighbourhoods. Develop your sense of observation to question the surroundings we live in, as we discuss how we make ourselves and our society better!

SOCRATES LEVEL 2 (ages 12-14)

 

Theme: 

Has UN caused the world to be more or less peaceful? Should we provide aid to developing countries? 

Application

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

Description:

Living in times of unprecedented global events helps us understand not only the important roles that the government plays but also the perspectives we need to take when looking at abstract problems that have real consequences on our daily lives. This summer series of Socrates will look at the issues of class, cash and clashes around the world, in search of a better understanding and solutions to both local and global issues that are shaping our communities.

 

Summer Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Jun 16- Aug 21

 

8 lessons

(Tue - Fri OR 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)

Theme: Summer Life

Highlights: 

• News Broadcast
• Conduct Interview
• Narrate Documentaries

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)

Theme: Advocacy and Conviction

Highlights: 

• Construct Argument
• Formulate Proposal
• Create Consensus

Descriptions: 

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 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+)

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

 

Summer Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Jun 16 - Aug 21

8 lessons

(Tue-Fri OR Every Sat)

1.5 - 2 hours per lesson

(dependent on level)

Junior, Intermediate and Advanced learners can take a combined Reading AND Writing course. This will allow our faculty to assess each student’s language arts skills and identify areas for improvement for the coming school year. For initial skills development, Foundation learners will be offered independent reading and writing courses.

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: Venturing into the Imaginary World

Skills

• Sensory & Descriptive
• Simile & Expository
• Onomatopoeia & Alliteration

Description: 

Go on an epic Out of This World Moon Pie Adventure and journey

to find the Ogre.Learn new literary techniques to describe using your

five senses and Onomatopoeia to add flair to your writing. Take your

fantastical summer journey amongst the stars and blast off with your

English reading!

READING & WRITING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Theme: Fairy Reality

Skills

• Rhyme & Play on Words
• Rhetorical Questions
• Point of View & Emotions

Description

Re-interpret the classics with a plot twist on selected classics such as Goldilocks on CCTV as well as The Sleeper and The Spindle. Compose a poem to retell the story from a different perspective and create an argumentative defense for mis-understood villains like the big bad wolf.

READING & WRITING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Theme: Fables

Skills

• Archetypes & Themes
• Tone & Imagery
• Allegory & Headlines

Description

With an anthology of fables from Europe to Africa, let us distill wisdom from the animals of the wild to write your own narrative as an allegory for mankind. Then we explore the modern interaction between human and wildlife to write your own sensational newspaper tales.

READING & WRITING ADVANCED (ages 13-14)

Theme: Heroes

Skills

• Dialogue & Sensory
• Syntax & Characterisation
• Perspectives & Suspense

Description

Explore tales of inspiration from an Anthology of Heroic Epics and selected Memoirs. Appreciate the lessons and the language that the words bring to lift. Employ these skills to write a narrative for a historical figure and a memoir for a person of exemplar personal virtues.

Summer Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Jun 16 - Aug 21

8 lessons

 (Tue - Fri OR Every Sat) 

1.5 - 2 hours per lesson

(dependent on level)

Junior, Intermediate and Advanced learners can take a combined Reading AND Writing course. This will allow our faculty to assess each student’s language arts skills and identify areas for improvement for the coming school year. For initial skills development, Foundation learners will be offered independent reading and writing courses.

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:  Space & Fantasy

Skills

• Sensory & Descriptive
• Simile & Expository
• Onomatopoeia & Alliteration

Description: 

To see where your imagination can take you, let’s create a menu for a fantasy restaurant on Mars for astronauts and aliens from outer space! Play around with expository writing to bring out the history of your cafe in space and use descriptive techniques to invent a dish better than green eggs and ham.

READING & WRITING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Theme: Fairy Reality

Skills

• Rhyme & Play on Words
• Rhetorical Questions
• Point of View & Emotions

Description

Re-interpret the classics with a plot twist on selected classics such as Goldilocks on CCTV as well as The Sleeper and The Spindle. Compose a poem to retell the story from a different perspective and create an argumentative defense for mis-understood villains like the big bad wolf.

READING & WRITING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Theme: Fables

Skills

• Archetypes & Themes
• Tone & Imagery
• Allegory & Headlines

Description

With an anthology of fables from Europe to Africa, let us distill wisdom from the animals of the wild to write your own narrative as an allegory for mankind. Then we explore the modern interaction between human and wildlife to write your own sensational newspaper tales.

READING & WRITING ADVANCED (ages 13-14)

Theme: Heroes

Skills

• Dialogue & Sensory
• Syntax & Characterisation
• Perspectives & Suspense

Description

Explore tales of inspiration from an Anthology of Heroic Epics and selected Memoirs. Appreciate the lessons and the language that the words bring to lift. Employ these skills to write a narrative for a historical figure and a memoir for a person of exemplar personal virtues.

Summer Term 2020

Term Schedule

Duration

From Jun 16 - Aug 21

 

8 lessons

(Tue-Fri OR Every Sat)

 

1.5 - 2 hours per lesson

(dependent on level)

 

US BOARDING SCHOOL BOOST PROGRAM (for rising G9 & G10)

Get a BOOST starting boarding school in the United States! Successfully transitioning to boarding school requires skills in a variety of areas and disciplines. The Boarding School BOOST Summer Program incorporates all of the readiness indicators that we have identified through our years of bridging students for their successful boarding school journey.

Students can attend a 2-week or 3-week program. The program includes daily mathematics classes followed by literature classes in the morning. Students are placed in mathematics classes based on their placement test results. In the afternoon, electives will further engage students.

Guest appearances are planned as well! Our current and past boarding school students will share their experiences and answer pressing questions. ARCH's university consultation team will host a class on academic and university planning. Nevertheless, ARCH’s Leadership Institute will also be introduced to students, where they will be challenged to get outside their comfort zone and tackle tough leadership questions, both independently and in small group discussions under the guidance of our mentors.

Don't let the excitement of getting into boarding school turn to worry. Get a leg up, enroll in the Boarding School BOOST Summer Program today!

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ARCH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE SUMMER PROGRAM (for rising G9 & G10)

Students will be challenged to get outside their comfort zone and tackle tough leadership questions, both independently and in small group discussions under the guidance of ARCH mentors. Through reflective exercises, fun games and dynamic activities, students will learn critical skills like self-awareness, confidence, teamwork, and problem-solving.

By the end of the program, students will synthesize the lessons they have learned in a group project. Students will express their vision by identifying something that they are passionate about, work with their team to develop a strategy, make a proposal, pitch their proposal to professionals and make a commitment to take action on their idea. No matter where a student is on their leadership development journey, our goal is for every student to graduate from this program with the tools to be an impactful leader at their school and in their community. We will end the program with practical and concrete tips on how leadership in school works: what leadership roles are the most well-respected, how to maintain longevity and consistency in activities, and how to build relationships with teachers and coaches.

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ROBOTICS SUMMER PROGRAM (for ages 9-12)

Looking for a comprehensive STEM course for your child? Join ARCH Summer Robotics Program to build an intelligent educational robot, and through assembling and commanding a RoboMaster S1, students will obtain a solid foundation in science, technology, programming and mathematics. Have fun this summer and use the time to explore new avenues in the world of innovation!

In this program, students are able to:
• Understand fundamental theories of STEM at early age
• Explore how STEM can be applied to real life
• Learn about how scientists observe nature
• Enhance problem solving & independent learning skills

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"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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