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 programs 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

Our flagship program Socrates aims to instill in students the key transferable skills and intellectual tools necessary for effective lifelong learning. Mastering the critical and lateral thinking capability will prepare students for their transition from local to international schools, the intense research of IB, the in depth investigation of A Levels and the current affairs analysis for DSE Liberal Studies. 

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. 

SOCRATES LEVEL 1 (ages 9-11) 

Be inspired by your surroundings! The ability to seek higher level relations in your daily observations is pivotal in encouraging young learners to think out of the box! Let’s go beyond clothes and fashion, MTR and public transportation, and explore how these luxuries we take for granted can be linked to wider social issues such as poverty, human rights and more!

SOCRATES LEVEL 2 (ages 12-14)

Civil wars in the Middle East, hate crimes in the US, terrorist attacks that threaten the world – these tragedies are featured daily on the news, yet they seem to be distant problems to our Hong Kong teens. How might every one of us global citizens be responsible for world events, be it directly or indirectly? Join us to explore the “relate the unrelated” realities of life!

*Our Summer Edition this year will be led by the ARCH founder Jennifer Ma and our Education Services Director, Albert Ma, himself a national debater; and we welcome parent participation on the last day of the one week course!


Summer Term 2019 Term Schedule Duration
From Jun 17 to Jul 26 1 week for 5 lessons

2 hours per lesson

Our Public Speaking and Debate Program focuses on communication skills and advocacy techniques that empower students to articulate themselves with confidence.

Our programs are led by the Debate Coach & Selector of the Hong Kong Debate Team, Sandeep Chulani, and the Captain of the HKU Debate Team and first Worlds (WUDC) final rounds debater from Hong Kong, Albert Ma. Both have had strong track record in coaching students for international competitions, including World Schools and BPDC.

PUBLIC SPEAKING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

In three different units, students will improve their public speaking skills in an original setting: ARCH BroadCasting (ABC). Through engaging projects, such as presenting the news, being interviewed like a celebrity and narrating an event, students will learn how to control their voices and use body language to express themselves.

 

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Set ‘Inside the Board Room’, students will be challenged to brainstorm ideas, persuade each other and explain their thoughts clearly. Through different activities they will learn how to control their pace, fluency and intonation. Besides, they will practice the use of body language more naturally.

DEBATE LEVEL 1 (ages 11-12)

The entry level debate class introduces the world of debate to budding speakers through interactive group work and constant feedback from coaches. A combination of spoken and written practices will ignite your child’s ability to think critically about what matters.

DEBATE LEVEL 2 (ages 13-14)

Formal debate skills are honed to shape orators at this stage. Through peer brainstorming and technical exercises, our coaches will guide students through frameworks of analysis that would enable them to delve into local and global issues that otherwise may seem abstract and disconnected.

DEBATE LEVEL 3 (age 15+)

4 competing teams in a round, live-fire interjection during a speech, sharp questions from the floor. Aspiring debaters joining this course will be trained through series of tournament level debate motions to develop the competence to analyse, compose and deliver full speeches at the standard of regional tournaments. 

DEBATE TOURNAMENTS

With a dedicated team of trainers, ARCH will be inviting committed debaters to join the ARCH team in experiential expeditions to overseas tournament in the region and beyond. This will broaden the learning horizon of your child and expose them to a competitive environment that will challenge them to strive and grow. Our debaters had great success with Oxford Schools and Asian Schools tournaments and look forward to welcoming more keen and talented debaters to join!

Upcoming tournaments:

  • Kyushu Debate Open
  • Korea Schools Open
  • Shanghai May Day Competition
  • Asia World Schools Debate Championship

 

Summer Term 2019

Term Schedule Duration

From Jun 17 to Aug 23

10 lessons
5 lessons 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!

This summer, Junior, Intermediate and Advanced learners will be offered a combined Reading AND Writing course. This will allow our faculty to assess each student’s language ability holistically before informing them of their enhancement priorities in the coming school year. For initial skills development, Foundation learners will be offered independent reading and writing courses.

READING FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)

Wind in the Willows & Huckleberry Fin
From Finn’s journey down the Southern States and Mr. Toad’s misadventures, we guide young learners to technical comprehension and literary analysis.

READING & WRITING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Man and Nature
The odyssey of fascination for nature, from its majestic peaks to mysterious forests; Learn the language to write fables and fantasies.

READING & WRITING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Myths Beneath the Waves
The vastness of the oceans and the secrets of the sea will allow the imaginations of students to flow through classical creation myths and adapt the skills of narrative and persuasive writing.

READING & WRITING ADVANCED (ages 13-14)

Sustainable Future
How to write the scene of an untold future? Through short stories and allegories of tomorrow, students will master the abstract grasp of descriptive writing with skills of imagery and allusions


Summer Term 2019 Term Schedule Duration
From Jun 17 to Aug 23 10 lessons
5 lessons per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

Our writing program helps students to develop a variety of writing styles and to write with greater fluidity.

Students are exposed to the four types of writing which include descriptive, persuasive, narrative and expository. These are explored through analyzing texts and in-class practice. Submodules focus on key skills that are required for the writing tasks and built on prior knowledge. Grammar and editing activities are incorporated to ensure students improve their technical accuracy.

This summer, Junior, Intermediate and Advanced learners will be offered a combined Reading AND Writing course. This will allow our faculty to assess each student’s language ability holistically before informing them of their enhancement priorities in the coming school year. For initial skills development, Foundation learners will be offered independent reading and writing courses.

WRITING FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)

Pets and Companions
Through caring for our furry friends, we explore how to juggle tenses, imperatives and metaphors, skills that underlie the fundamentals of expository writing.

READING & WRITING JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Man and Nature
The odyssey of fascination for nature, from its majestic peaks to mysterious forests; Learn the language to write fables and fantasies.

READING & WRITING INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Myths Beneath the Waves
The vastness of the oceans and the secrets of the sea will allow the imaginations of students to flow through classical creation myths and adapt the skills of narrative and persuasive writing.

READING & WRITING ADVANCED (ages 13-14)

Sustainable Future
How to write the scene of an untold future? Through short stories and allegories of tomorrow, students will master the abstract grasp of descriptive writing with skills of imagery and allusions


Summer Term 2019 Term Schedule Duration
From Jun 17 to Aug 23 10 lessons
5 lessons 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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