Critical Reading & Writing

11 Aug

Critical Reading & Writing

Our Critical Reading & Writing course develops students’ ability to analyse and critique texts. Classical works in English and American literature are studied throughout the course, as students are steered away from the unquestioned acceptance of a text, and towards a more evaluative role as a reader.
Students are presented with the tools of literary analysis and encouraged to think about the most appropriate way to employ these tools, dependent on the question at hand. Discussion and debate is a key part of the Critical Reading & Writing workshops, as is translating these ideas into well-thought-out and coherent prose. While students are encouraged to give their own opinions and personal perspectives on a text, the importance of evidencing and explaining their ideas is also strongly emphasised. Combined, these abilities create writers who can successfully articulate and argue their unique point of view.
 
As students become more confident, the practice of comparative analysis is introduced to students, enabling them to compare texts on the basis of themes, literary techniques, argumentative style and relative merit. The course familiarises students with the works of celebrated English and American writers, carefully selected for their rich encoded meaning. The poetry, essays, short stories and novels studied on the course; encourage students to think beyond the superficial analysis of the literal text. Graduates of the highest level will be equipped with the skill and confidence necessary to approach an undergraduate-level literature course.
 
This course draws from works by famous authors including William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Kate Chopin, George Orwell, Edgar Allen Poe and more.
 
Suitable for students in Grade 7-10 or Year 8-11
Level I (Grade 7-8 or Year 8-9); Level II (Grade 9-10 or Year 10-11)
Teaches students to perform critical analyses of all genres of literature
Cultivates sophisticated appreciation of English literature
Small class size not exceeding 4 students
 
Course
Level
Dates
Day
Time
Code
Fees (HK$)
Critical Reading
& Writing
I
29 Aug - 16 Jan (except 26 Dec)
TUE
16:30 - 18:00
FT17-CRW-1A
$480 / hour
1.5 hours x 20
lessons
30 Aug - 10 Jan
WED
18:00 - 19:30
FT17-CRW-1B
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
16:30 - 18:00
FT17-CRW-1C
II
29 Aug - 16 Jan (except 26 Dec)
TUE
16:30 - 18:00
FT17-CRW-2A
$500 / hour
1.5 hours x 20
lessons
29 Aug - 16 Jan (except 26 Dec)
TUE
18:00 - 19:30
FT17-CRW-2B
01 Sep - 12 Jan
FRI
18:00 - 19:30
FT17-CRW-2C
 
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Ben Appleby

Ben is an English and History instructor from the UK with a degree in English and American Literature, and years of teaching experience in Hong Kong. As a former student of Winchester College, he has first-hand knowledge of the British boarding school system, and has helped many Hong Kong students in the past get into their educational establishment of choice. Having taught students in an age range of eight to eighteen, he is experienced in helping students with a wide range of abilities and needs.

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