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
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
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
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
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.

Our Public Speaking programs are focused on enhancing students’ communication skills at different levels. 

LEVEL 1 
Do you get nervous when you have to deliver a speech or class presentation? Public Speaking at ARCH is here to help! In this course, we’ll explore overcoming stage fright, understand how to use natural gestures and body language, and give you an introduction to speech writing so you can present in front of your peers without worrying!

 

LEVEL 2
Whether your weakness is speech writing or speech giving, in Public Speaking at ARCH, we’re here to make you a pro! Through an understanding of logos, pathos, and ethors, along with exploring different types of speeches, you’ll be able to research, write, and present a speech with easy confidence!

Fall Term Term Schedule Duration
From Sep 4 to Dec 16  15 lessons;
1 lesson per week

Lv 1: 1.5 hours per lesson
Lv 2: 2 hours per lesson

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
Ever dreamed of being invisible? What if you were given magical powers for a day? We’ll explore topics like friendship, love and magic in books such as “The Invisible Boy”, “Mr. Skip” and “The Magic Finger”! Through learning skills such as imagery, literary devices, synonyms, this course promises to be magical!
JUNIOR
Have you ever felt like a hero? We will celebrate what makes us unique by reading books such as “There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom” and “Two Weeks with the Queen”. Through an exploration of finding love and truth and learning skills such as characterization and inference, we hope to teach students empathy for characters who experience personal struggles!
INTERMEDIATE
What would you do if you found something incredible? Can your friends get you through hard times? We’ll explore topics of hardship, fear and peace by reading “Trash” and “The Wind in the Willows”. We inspire our students to be creative by teaching them how to describe atmosphere and identify language that evokes strong feelings!
 

ADVANCED
Imagine being stranded on a desert island with no hope of escape.  Imagine someone special being taken from you in an instant. Through reading such texts as “Lord of the Flies” and “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece”, we’ll explore topics such as empathy and leadership, utilising skills such as identifying archetypes and allusion. 

Fall Term Term Schedule Duration
From Sep 4 - Dec 16 15 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

  • How would you like to travel back in time? Explore ancient civilizations and write about how people lived thousands of years ago. In Writing Foundation at ARCH, you’ll learn how to craft letters, stories and vivid descriptions while uncovering the secrets of history. Focussing on sentence structures and using vivid vocabulary, we’ll help to build a foundational understanding of excellent writing practices. 

JUNIOR

  • Fancy yourself a Sherlock Holmes? A writer for a magazine? In Writing Junior, students learn the ins and outs of writing descriptively and effectively. You will learn expository writing and develop feature articles for a magazine! Then, using skills such as imagery and analogy, we’ll also learn how to create vivid characters and settings for detective stories. 

INTERMEDIATE

  • What does the future have in store? How to create your own adventure? What is literary analysis? In Writing Intermediate you’ll dive into these topics. Use foreshadowing and flashbacks to predict the future of our planet; learn how to create compelling narratives that take your reader on a journey; and finally master the art of essay writing using quotations and paraphrases, evidence and analysis, and effective editing techniques. 

ADVANCED

  • Manipulate narratives by bending time and switching perspective; write your own screen-play; and delve into the depths of litearary analysis. You will be challenged to write multiple short stories from different view-points in “Who can you trust?” Then tackle the task of writing screen-plays using a 3-Act structure focussing on characters and framing. Finally, master the essay and impress your teachers by analysing content, themes, language and symbolism. 

 

Fall Term Term Schedule Duration
From Sep 5 - Dec 16 15 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. 

Fall Term Term Schedule Duration
From Sep 5 - Dec16  15 lessons;
1 lesson per week
1.5 hours per lesson

 

 

 

"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
View all testimonials