It is often said that reading broadens the mind. This course offers a great opportunity to satisfy curiosity of young minds on many subjects that they are interested in, such as environment, technology, how the world economy works and many more.
Reading material is used to cultivate their critical thinking, encouraging them to ask questions, to debate, to learn to agree and disagree.
This course is designed to complement school curriculum.
Our courses and workshops aim to develop life skills that complement lessons learnt at schools and in classrooms, that equip young people to face challenges at university and in work place. Our tutors and mentors are therefore selected based on their field experience and track record in their fields. Many of them have mentored young executives, young performers, in their respective industries. All of them have experienced tutoring and mentoring people with diverse backgrounds.
The students are encouraged to pre-read the text before the lesson. They should only spend about 10 – 15 minutes on this task.
Each lesson will begin with a few minutes ice-breaking exercise and to practise casual conversation. All students are encouraged to participate.
Students will take turns reading the text. Each week will discuss what the extract is about and clarify any difficult vocabulary or concepts.
Any homework will be ‘light’ as the most important preparation is the pre-reading before the next sessions.
Students will then be asked to write down the answers to more specific questions, for example practising skills of skimming and scanning, retrieval, inference, rewording, process, identifying the main idea etc. There will be feedback afterwards.
Discussion will zoom into a specific part of the text to consider techniques the writer has used and how the reader has been influenced by them. Students will be given the opportunity to write their opinions or practise using the same techniques themselves.
At the end of the session, students will reflect on their learning.
I’m amazed how much I enjoy reading now. I used to think it is so boring, but the choice of topics and the questions we were asked, forced me not to rush out just any answers, but to think and consider first. Really like it and so glad I was kind of pushed into joining this programme. - Theo, 15