Enrichment Programs

Hone your skills and enhance your knowledge!

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

Our exciting and engaging courses are created by talented, experienced educators in-house and all our programmes 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. 

The Programs

Socrates is our flagship program which aims to instill key transferrable skills in students who wish to excel in the IB, as well as those looking to transition from local to international and boarding schools. 

The program enhances students’ critical, lateral and thought structuring skills; as well as developing a full range of learning modalities including research, synthesis and presentation skills. Top schools, universities and employers are looking for worldly individuals who can reference information and develop their own ideas when faced with open-ended challenges. Through engaging in discussions, debates, and task simulations, Socrates gives students the skills and the confidence to tackle such challenges in a holistic and creative way.  Contents include current affairs exposure and a critical understanding of everyday phenomena. 

FOUNDATION (ages 9-10) 
Are you choosing your hobbies or are they choosing you? Pull back the clever veil of branding and explore the controversies of various video games, sports, toys and their advertising campaigns.
Course Projects Include: Create and pitch your own advertising campaign for a product or hobby of your choice!

 

JUNIOR (ages11-12)
Open both your eyes and minds with ARCH as we delve deep into everyday controversies. Create and justify arguments about issues like representations of women in the media, clothing and education.
Course Projects Include: Pick a controversy and justify your point of view! Convince us with your views on how the world should change. 

 

INTERMEDIATE (ages 13-14)
East and West! How does one affect the other? Travel with us as we move through China, Russia and the Middle East. From the One Child Policy to weapons trading, we’ll be sure to have your attention. 
Course Projects Include: Relate the Unrelated! Challenge yourself to connect the dots between historical events and trending themes today.

ADVANCED (ages 15+)
Arm yourself with critical thinking skills and unravel a range of crises facing our world today. From the Brexit vote to censorship, corruption and inequality across the world; how do these global issues affect you day-to-day?
Course Projects Include: MUN! Take an issue, pick a country and construct your best argument to impress at our MUN session.

Public Speaking and Mock Trial programs focus on improving students’ communication skills at different levels. 

PUBLIC SPEAKING LEVEL 1 (ages 9-10)
Do you get nervous when you deliver a speech or class presentation? Public Speaking at ARCH is here to help! In this course, we will explore using your voice and body language, and give you an introduction to speech writing. Using fun and interactive scenarios, you can present in front of your peers without worrying!

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING LEVEL 2 (ages 11-12)
Speech writing and giving can take many forms. By practising diverse scenarios, we’ll deepen your knowledge on persuasive techniques and expand skills in using hand gestures, pace and rhythm to ensure a convincing delivery!

Spring Term Term Schedule Duration
From Jan 2 to May 26   18 -19 lessons
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

Our Critical Reading program guides students to develop stronger transferable skills in analysing literary texts. Perfect for all who wish to develop and build on a love of literature whilst strengthening their skills of analysis!

FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)
Curious about other cultures?  Ever wonder if stories are different in the East and West?  This semester will explore fables from all over the world.  As we read, we will discover how these morals are similar and different.
 
JUNIOR (ages 9-10)
 
Imagine being frozen by fear, stuck in a place you cannot stand, or thrown in jail for something you did not do. In this course, we will look at how people survive and adapt in the world through the great novels, “Cliffhanger” and “Holes.”
INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)
 
What does it mean to be an “outsider”?  Over this semester, we will read the famous book “The Outsiders” along with a few other short stories, and consider how cultures, social class, and education affect us.
 

ADVANCED (ages 13+)

War is a tragic but very real aspect of life.  In this course, students will analyze how war has impacted society by reading the classic novel “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and examining a few powerful war 

Spring Term Term Schedule Duration
From Jan 2 to May 26 18 -19 lessons
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

Our Writing program guides students to develop varied writing styles and greater fluidity in their use of language. 

Students are exposed to a range of writing genres, including descriptive, narrative and expository. These are explored through text analysis and in-class practice. Submodules focus on key skills required for the different writing tasks, and build on previous work to ensure students’ progress. Proofreading and editing activities are incorporated to help students internalise their learning while building essential strategies for correcting mistakes and improving their own writing. 

FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)
How do I bring my favorite characters and places to life? Students will become confident at describing characters, justifying their opinions and writing pieces which are instructional. Each lesson will have a grammar focus to ensure students know how to write accurately.

JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Have you ever read or seen an advertisement which has convinced you to buy something? How can we write in a way that causes others to do something? Students will practise writing convincing narratives and learn how to write persuasively. By building on the skills learnt in Foundation, students will take their grammar skills to the next level.

INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Travel writing comes in many forms: a guide, an evaluative piece, an advertisement or simply a piece that shares an experience. Students will produce an expository piece, craft an effective story arc within a personal account, and use multiple perspectives within narration.

ADVANCED (ages 13+)

We will master the more challenging skills that writers employ in expository and persuasive writing. We will dispel the myth that poetry is difficult before utilising these newly learnt skills in our own creative pieces. Through an examination of complicated grammatical concepts, students will find that they can write their thoughts and ideas with panache. 

Spring Term Term Schedule Duration
From Jan 2 to May 26 18 -19 lessons;
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

English Springboard is our brand new course for students aged 7 in Primary 1!

Do you want to learn English through playing games? English Springboard offers a chance for you to learn grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing through fun and engaging activities. After Springboard, you will be ready for our Foundation level courses!

TELL ME MORE!

How would you describe yourself? Smart, creative, energetic? In this module, you will learn adjectives to describe people, objects, and places. You will also get to meet an alien friend and persuade them to visit Hong Kong!

MY ALIEN FRIEND IN HONG KONG

Wow! Your alien friend is here in Hong Kong! In this module, you will learn different vocabulary and verb tenses to describe your and your alien friend’s daily habits, your activities together, and more.

HEROES AND ADVENTURES

Calling all adventure-seekers! In this module, you will create your own exciting story with a unique choice of settings, characters, and problems. You get to choose the ending and the fate of all your heroes and villains, writing about their adventures with your new vocabulary and grammar skills. 

 

The program aims to enrich students’ language foundation through cultural learning and interactive activities, as well as to equip students for their transition to IBDP from a young age. This comprehensive course will enhance students’ listening, speaking, writing and reading skills.

FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)

Who am I? Who are you? Students would learn about identity, friendship and family through playing games and singing cultural songs.  

JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Imagine you are wandering alone through a deserted forest, how would you survive? Students will learn Chinese through idioms, stories and prose. 

INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

How are celebrities projected on television through media and technology? We will explore the environment, society and the globe through reading the news extensively.

ADVANCED (ages 13-14)

Have you ever gone on a spontaneous solo trip? What is the life of a nomad like? Through group class activities, students will master different styles of writing and analyzing literary texts. 

PRE-IBDP CHINESE (Grade 10)

Available in both Language A & B, Higher and Standard Level, students will be well prepared for the IBDP internal and external exams.

IBDP CHINESE (Grades11-12)

With extensive practice in past papers, students will improve their core skills, exam tactics and become familiar with the marking scheme. 

Spring Term Term Schedule Duration
From Jan 2 to May 26 18 -19 lessons;
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 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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