SACE System: Young Teens Pathway to University
WHAT IS IT?
A full program that equips young teens (11 to 15 years) with the English language skills and the academic skills they need to succeed when studying overseas.
Students are placed according to their level of English in a suitable class so they will feel comfortable studying new thinking skills and academic or advanced vocabulary.
Students will explore focused writing and speaking skills in a multi-skill program.
The course will challenge students to understand, analyse and create ideas on a range of topics from urban life to society and global issues.
- Each of the 3 main levels is 6 months of study with 4hrs of class a week (2 x 2hrs).
- Students will have course books and additional homework that reinforces their class learning.
- Students will study 10 different topics for each level, with each level divided into 2 courses so as to check student progress more effectively.
- Parents will receive regular updates about the classes and course progress through a useful online application.
- Assessment will be mainly through written assignments during the course to practice and use the skills and knowledge being learnt.
- Each course will have a final progress test to help students revise and be motivated.
- Progress to the next course will be based on assignments submitted, final test, in-class attitude and homework completion.
- Progress to the next course will be based on assignments submitted, final test, in- class attitude and home work completion.
COURSE CONTENT (EXAMPLE): LEVEL 1, PART 1: Beginning to Think
|Places||- Predicting content using visual.
- Descriptive writing including +/- ideas.
- Planning a presentation.
- Making feferences.
|Festivals & celebrations||- Listening for main ideas.
- Organising, discussing & suggesting.
- Recogniizing text type.
|School & Education||- Offering opinions & idea - holding a bebate.
- Paragraphing - topic sentences & supporting sentences.
- Activating your knowledge.
|The Internet & Technology||- Presentation about a report on a technological device (using diagrams etc).
- Analysing an essay question.
|Language & Communication||- Key listening skills.
- Evaluating ideas and examples using an ideas map.
- Key reading skills.
Assessments for Level 1, Part 1: Beginning to Think
- Paragraphing & describing in an academic style
- Writing a one-sided opinion paragraph
- Creating, analysing, and presenting an Advert (Australian curriculum)
SACE focuses its teaching on modern styles which are interactive and student centered. This includes project based learning and problem-based learning. This means students will be guided into new and effective study methods that allow them to become more independent learners and students.
Students will develop their abilities to use English through collaboration and discussion activities. We help young learners become young thinkers by developing their analytical and critical thinking skills. This is challenging for the students so we focus them on learning the academic vocabulary and thinking/academic skills (see table below) while showing them how to use the grammar they know in new ways.
|Lateral Thinking||Task Planning|
Each key area is summarised through a writing assessment which helps students put all their new skills and vocabulary together in a substantial piece of writing. The tasks build across the program from sentences to paragraphs to full, extended essays. These represent the type of writing students need to do at high school or university in other countries or international schools in Vietnam.
In addition, students will develop their communication and presentation skills through a wide range of formal and informal speaking activities. This will range from group discussions for planning activities to formal presentations and debates about hot topics and areas of interest or relevance to the course.