Language classes

SchoolNova offers Advanced English, Russian, French, Italian, and Spanish classes.

  • Advanced English

  • Advanced English A

    Advanced English A is a reading and writing class for 5th and 6th graders. This class focusses on analyzing classic texts and asks students to respond to these texts by writing 5-paragraph essays and demonstrating their creative writing skills. Students will learn how to identify the elements of a text (setting, plot, theme, characterization, etc.). The progression of the class will be contingent on the students’ proficiency with the assigned materials. Please be aware that each class contains students from different grades. Therefore, progress will be assessed with regards to different variables. We want your children to leave SchoolNova with the ability to achieve excellence in their classrooms. My classes are interactive; all students are expected to participate. Homework is mandatory and will be posted on the SchoolNova website.

    Advanced English B

    Advanced English B is a reading and writing class for 7th and 8th graders with Advanced English A as a prerequisite. In this class, students will learn the art of invention, how to properly analyze and annotate a text, and demonstrate their creative writing skills. We will focus on genres such as short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. Students will also practice writing narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive essays. The progression of the class will be contingent on the students’ proficiency with the assigned materials. Please be aware that each class contains students from different grades. Therefore, progress will be assessed with regards to different variables. We want your children to leave SchoolNova with the ability to achieve excellence in their classrooms. My classes are interactive; all students are expected to participate. Homework is mandatory and will be posted on the SchoolNova website.

    • Narrative Essays: Telling a Story
    In a narrative essay, the writer tells a story about a real-life experience. While telling a story may sound easy to do, the narrative essay challenges students to think and write about themselves. When writing a narrative essay, writers should try to involve the reader by making the story as vivid as possible. The fact that narrative essays are usually written in the first person helps engage the reader. “I” sentences give readers a feeling of being part of the story. A well-crafted narrative essay will also build towards drawing a conclusion or making a personal statement.
    • Descriptive Essays: Painting a Picture
    A cousin of the narrative essay, a descriptive essay paints a picture with words. A writer might describe a person, place, object, or even memory of special significance. However, this type of essay is not description for description’s sake. The descriptive essay strives to communicate a deeper meaning through the description. In a descriptive essay, the writer should show, not tell, through the use of colorful words and sensory details. The best descriptive essays appeal to the reader’s emotions, with a result that is highly evocative.
    • Expository Essays: Just the Facts
    The expository essay is an informative piece of writing that presents a balanced analysis of a topic. In an expository essay, the writer explains or defines a topic, using facts, statistics, and examples. Expository writing encompasses a wide range of essay variations, such as the comparison and contrast essay, the cause and effect essay, and the “how to” or process essay. Because expository essays are based on facts and not personal feelings, writers don’t reveal their emotions or write in the first person.
    • Persuasive Essays: Convince Me

    Advanced English C

    Advanced English C is a reading and writing class for 9th and 10th graders with Advanced English B as a prerequisite. This class focusses on analyzing classic texts, discussing author’s purpose (ethos, logos, pathos, etc.), composing essays, and participating in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition. The progression of the class will be contingent on the students’ proficiency with the assigned materials. Please be aware that each class contains students from different grades. Therefore, progress will be assessed with regards to different variables. We want your children to leave SchoolNova with the ability to achieve excellence in their classrooms. My classes are interactive; all students are expected to participate. Homework is mandatory and will be posted on the SchoolNova website.

French

French classes prerequisites:

  • French 0/1 NONE
  • French 1/2 The student knows the French alphabet, colors, some body parts, numbers and some shapes. He/she has some knowledge of the weather, food, hobbies and/or animals.
  • French 3/4 The student is able to speak in the present tense, to formulate questions and answers. He/she writes simple sentences in the affirmative and negative forms.
  • French 5 At ease with the basic French grammar (présent, passé composé and futur tenses), the student can talk about all everyday life topics. He/she counts, reads and writes in French. He/she takes short dictées.
  • Advanced The student writes, reads and discusses topics of any matter. He/she is mastering the French grammar (tenses of verbs, gender of nouns, past participles, affirmative/interrogative/negative sentences). He/she writes essays in French, making use of adverbs, rich vocabulary and adjectives. The student can read and comprehend French literature.
    • French 0

      The goal of this course is to have an initial exposure to the French language: a natural, enjoyable, and rewarding experience while developing an appreciation of the language and culture. Students will participate in songs, games, and other activities. This program is an introduction and practice of basic vocabulary words centered on general topics.

      French 1

      The students will continue the enjoyable activities that permit them to practice polite expressions, talk about themselves and socialize, express their feelings and capabilities, and describe people and things. We will play games and songs in French.

      French 2

      The students will study the colors, shapes, and numbers and learn the seasons, introduce themselves, and ask for directions or help. They will discover the gender of nouns and the structure of a simple sentence. We will use colorful and pictorial documents, learn short poems and/or songs, and play bingo.

      French 3

      The students will review the basic rules of reading and writing in French. They will improve their basic knowledge of grammar (basic verbs in the present tense). They will enrich their vocabulary: naming different food, months, and seasons of the year. The students will learn to ask and answer basic questions about themselves, school, and family. The program includes many songs in French, video, and audio educational material.

      French 4

      The students will acquire a strong knowledge of reading rules and become proficient in conjugating French verbs in Present and Past Tenses. They will be able to ask and answer questions in the present and the past tenses about their daily life, school, and family. Throughout the year, they will prepare for a more complicated and detailed study of the French Language.

      French 5

      Building on the fundamentals and conversational skills they developed in previous levels, the students will learn to share their ideas and opinions in French, express their feelings and talk about everyday life, current events and much more. They will study more in-depth the different past tenses and their use. The different accents and genders of nouns will become familiar and show no difficulty by the end of the year. We will read a couple of French novels, the ones that French kids read for pleasure.

      Advanced French

      The students, will have an approach of the language similar to the Éducation Nationale. They will further study the geography of France, together with other French-speaking countries. They will make use of the Internet to support discussions in class on topics appearing in the news. They will read a French newspaper online weekly and report what is happening in France and/or Europe that seems important to them. The students will study some great French names in art, music, and politics.

      French for adults

      Beginner course This course emphasizes the use of French for communication. The course includes a review of basic concepts and continues adding onto the foundation built in French. Upon completing this course, students will be able to converse on a variety of standard Spanish topics, including reading and writing brief passages, learning the basic grammar rules in Spanish, and appreciating the culture in French-speaking countries.
      Intermediate course This course emphasizes the use of French for communication. Students will continue the previous year’s curriculum, adding onto the foundation built in French, practicing more verb tenses and grammar, and further developing the skills to communicate more fluently in French.

    Spanish

    Spanish classes prerequisites:

  • Spanish 0 NONE
  • Spanish 0/1 NONE
  • Spanish 2/3 The student knows the Spanish alphabet, color, animals, body parts, numbers and shapes. He/she is able to talk about the weather, food, clothing, adjectives, family, house and some basic verbs.
  • Spanish 4 The student is able to speak in the present tense, to formulate questions and answers. He/she writes simple sentences in the affirmative and negative forms.
  • Spanish 5 At ease with the basic Spanish grammar (present, preterit, imperfect and future tenses), the student can talk about all everyday life topics. He/she counts, reads and writes in Spanish.
  • Spanish 6 The student writes, reads and discusses topics of any matter. He/she has mastered the basic Spanish grammar (tenses of verbs, gender of nouns, past participles, affirmative/interrogative/negative sentences). He/she writes essays in Spanish, making use of adverbs, rich vocabulary and adjectives. The student can read and comprehend basic Spanish literature.
    • Spanish 0

      The goal of this course is to make initial exposure to Spanish language a natural, enjoyable and rewarding experience while developing an appreciation of the language and culture. Students will participate in games, songs and Total Physical Response (TPR) activities, as well as the introduction and practice of basic vocabulary words centered on a various topic.

      Spanish 1

      The students will study the colors, shapes, numbers and will learn the seasons, how to introduce themselves and ask for directions or help. They will discover the gender of nouns and the structure of a simple sentence. We will use colorful and pictorial documents, learn some short poems and/or songs, and play games.

      Spanish 2

      The students will review the basic rules of reading and writing in Spanish. They will improve their basic knowledge of grammar (fundamental verbs in the present tense). They will enlarge their vocabulary: naming colors, different food, months and seasons of the year. The students will learn to ask and answer basic questions about themselves, school and family. The program includes many songs in Spanish, video and audio educational material.

      Spanish 3

      The students will continue the enjoyable activities permitting to practice polite expressions, to talk about themselves and socialize, to express their feelings and capabilities, to describe people and things. We will play games and songs in Spanish.

      Spanish 4

      The students will have a stable knowledge of reading rules, and a basic knowledge of conjugation of Spanish verbs in Present and Past Tenses. They will be able to ask and answer questions in the present and the past tenses about their daily life, their school and family. Throughout the year, they will prepare for more complicated and detailed study of the Spanish Language.

      Spanish 5

      Building on the fundamentals and conversational skills they developed in previous levels, the students will learn to share their ideas and opinions in Spanish, express their feelings and talk about everyday life, current events and much more. They will study more in depth the different past tenses and their use.

      Spanish for adults

      Beginners This course emphasizes the use of Spanish for communication. The course includes a review of basic concepts and continues adding onto the foundation built in Spanish. Upon completion this course, students will be able to converse on a variety of common topics in Spanish, including read and writing brief passages, learn the basic grammar rules in Spanish and gain an appreciation of the Spanish speaking countries culture
      Intermediate This course emphasizes the use of Spanish for communication. Students will continue the previous year’s curriculum adding onto the foundation built in Spanish, practicing more verb tenses and grammar, as well as further developing the skills to communicate more fluently in Spanish.
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      Russian for heritage students (speaking Russian at home with at least one parent

      Russian classes prerequisites:

      Требования к уровню 0
      1. уметь читать по слогам;
      2. уметь различать слова-предметы и слова-действия;
      3. уметь назвать предмет на картинке;
      4. уметь ответить на вопросы по картинке.

      Требования к уровню 1
      1. закончить уровень 0;
      2. уметь читать и понимать короткие предложения;
      3. уметь писать печатными буквами;
      4. различать слова-предметы, слова-действия, слова-признаки;
      5. уметь описать картинку;
      6. придумать историю по картинке.

      Требования к уровню 2

      Требования к уровню 3
      1. закончить уровень 2;
      2. уметь уверенно читать и писать;
      3. уметь делить слова на слоги, выделять ударение;
      4. знать главные части речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол;
      5. уметь прочитать небольшой текст (100-150 слов) и ответить на вопросы.

      Требования к уровню 4
      1. закончить уровень 3;
      2. уметь уверенно читать и писать по-русски;
      3. делить слова на слоги и выделять ударение;
      4. главные части речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол, местоимение;
      5. уметь подбирать однокоренные слова;
      6. выделять грамматическую основу (подлежащее и сказуемое).

      Требования к уровню 5
      1. закончить уровень 4;
      2. уметь читать и писать по-русски;
      1. делить слова на слоги и выделять ударение;
      2. уметь разбирать слова по составу (корень, приставка, суффикс, окончание),
      3. понимать различие между частями речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол, местоимение, числительное;
      4. знать грамматические категории: род, число, падеж, время, лицо;
      5. уметь подбирать однокоренные слова
      6. выделять грамматическую основу (подлежащее и сказуемое);
      7. уметь подбирать к словам синонимы, антонимы, омонимы;
      8. уметь прочитать текст, придумать название, составить план.
      Требования к уровню 6
      1. закончить уровень 5;
      2. уметь бегло читать и писать по-русски;
      3. делить слова на слоги и иметь чёткое понятие об ударении;
      4. понимать различие между частями речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол, местоимение, числительное, предлог, союз;
      5. знать грамматические категории: род, число, падеж, время, лицо;
      6. уметь разбирать слова по составу (корень, приставка, суффикс, окончание);
      7. уметь подбирать однокоренные слова;
      8. уметь разбирать предложения по составу: выделять грамматическую основу (подлежащее и сказуемое);
      9. знать и уметь подбирать к словам синонимы, антонимы, омонимы, омофоны;
      Требования к уровню 7
      1. закончить уровень 6;
      2. уметь бегло читать и писать по-русски;
      3. уметь писать быстро под диктовку;
      4. делить слова на слоги и иметь чёткое понятие об ударении;
      5. понимать различие между частями речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол, местоимение, числительное;
      6. знать грамматические категории: род, число, падеж, время, лицо, вид;
      7. уметь разбирать слова по составу (корень, приставка, суффикс, окончание), и следовательно
      8. уметь подбирать однокоренные слова
      9. и уметь проверять безударные гласные в корне
      10. иметь представление о парных звонких и глухих согласных в конце слов
      11. уметь разбирать предложения по составу: выделять грамматическую основу (подлежащее и сказуемое), и второстепенные члены (определение, обстоятельсво, дополнение);
      12. знать и уметь подбирать к словам синонимы, антонимы, омонимы, омофоны.
      Требования к уровню 8
      1. закончить уровень 7;
      2. уметь бегло читать и писать по-русски;
      3. уметь писать быстро под диктовку;
      4. делить слова на слоги и иметь чёткое понятие об ударении;
      5. понимать различие между частями речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол, местоимение, числительное;
      6. знать грамматические категории: род, число, падеж, время, лицо, вид;
      7. уметь разбирать слова по составу (корень, приставка, суффикс, окончание),
      8. уметь подбирать однокоренные слова
      9. уметь проверять безударные гласные в корне
      10. иметь представление о парных звонких и глухих согласных в конце слов
      11. уметь разбирать предложения по составу: выделять грамматическую основу (подлежащее и сказуемое), и второстепенные члены (определение, обстоятельсво, дополнение);
      12. знать и уметь подбирать к словам синонимы, антонимы, омонимы, омофоны;
      13. иметь понятие о стилях и их применениях.
      Требования к уровню 9
      1. закончить уровень 8;
      2. уметь бегло читать и писать по-русски;
      3. уметь писать быстро под диктовку;
      4. делить слова на слоги и иметь чёткое понятие об ударении;
      5. понимать различие между частями речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол, местоимение, числительное;
      6. знать грамматические категории: род, число, падеж, время, лицо, вид;
      7. уметь разбирать слова по составу (корень, приставка, суффикс, окончание),
      8. уметь подбирать однокоренные слова;
      9. уметь проверять безударные гласные в корне;
      10. иметь представление о парных звонких и глухих согласных в конце слов;
      11. уметь разбирать предложения по составу: выделять грамматическую основу (подлежащее и сказуемое), и второстепенные члены (определение, обстоятельсво, дополнение);
      12. знать и уметь подбирать к словам синонимы, антонимы, омонимы, омофоны;
      13. иметь понятие о стилях и их применениях;
      14. уметь вести беседу по тексту;
      15. уметь анализировать художественные произведения
      Требования к уровню 10
      1. закончить уровень 9;
      2. уметь бегло читать и писать по-русски;
      3. уметь писать быстро под диктовку;
      4. делить слова на слоги и иметь чёткое понятие об ударении;
      5. понимать различие между частями речи: существительное, прилагательное, глагол, местоимение, числительное;
      6. знать грамматические категории: род, число, падеж, время, лицо, вид;
      7. уметь разбирать слова по составу (корень, приставка, суффикс, окончание),
      8. уметь подбирать однокоренные слова
      9. уметь проверять безударные гласные в корне
      10. иметь представление о парных звонких и глухих согласных в конце слов
      11. уметь разбирать предложения по составу: выделять грамматическую основу (подлежащее и сказуемое), и второстепенные члены (определение, обстоятельсво, дополнение);
      12. знать и уметь подбирать к словам синонимы, антонимы, омонимы, омофоны;
      13. иметь понятие о стилях и их применениях;
      14. уметь вести беседу по тексту;
      15. уметь анализировать художественные произведения.

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