Programs

Excellent Small Classes

For tutoring quality assurance purposes, only 2-4 students are accepted into each small class at Golden Key. Small classes enable tutors to pay attention to every single student and ensure that they’re all able to keep up and not fall behind. Tutors also personally revise each student’s homework—this makes it easier for tutors to find out about each student’s academic situation as well as how much they’re learning in class, so that lesson plans can be adjusted accordingly. Since classes are small, there will be more interaction between tutor and student, and the in-class atmosphere will be nicer. The tutor would not only help students pass exams, but also become a mentor to them. Although these are excellent small classes, we still provide students with the best prices, just to help them break through quickly!

Course Summary: This course will explore strategies for creating and delivering effective public speeches in a fun and encouraging method. Topics of study will be dependant on the student interest with consultation with course instructor.

About This Course: Speaking in public doesn't have to be scary, nerve-wracking or intimidating. In fact, with practice, it can become one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of your life. Just look at the way actors perform in a theatre. They too have once bee intimidated and shy of being on the stage. This course can help you through the process of researching, rehearsing and delivering your speech. Get tips for narrowing down your speech topic, selecting the right organizational pattern, grabbing your listeners' attention, practice non-verbal communication, vocalization, intonation, pacing and breathing techniques. 

Listed below are just some of the topics covered by this course:

  1. Different types of speeches and their use
  2. Speech outlines and organizational patterns
  3. Guidance with researching your topic
  4. Uses of supporting materials and visual aids
  5. Active listening and knowing your audience
  6. Oral language styles and nonverbal communication
  7. Guidelines for evaluating speeches

 

Questions to Ask

Q1: What is pubic speaking?

Public speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience.

Q2: Why do we do it?

The information is specific and meant to inform, influence or entertain a group of listeners.

Q3: How many elements does it have? There are five elements of public speaking.

It basically boils down to who is saying what to whom using what medium with what effect.

  1. Who is the source of the message?
  2. What is the message itself?
  3. Whom is the audience?
  4. The medium is the actual delivery method and ending in the effect.
  5. The effect is the speaker's intent for the speech.

 

Why Do We Need to Do It?

There are so many reasons why everyone should learn how to speak in public.

  • Every time you speak in public, you improve your self-confidence.
  • As you become comfortable speaking, you become more relaxed around people.
  • You can reach a large group of people in a shorter time than having individual conversations.
  • It’s a great way to show how much you know about a subject while feeling good about yourself.

 

With the benefits of public speaking, you too can achieve all these:

  • Become a leader
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Increase your EQ/EI – emotional & social intelligence
  • Find and express your passion and life’s purpose
  • Learn how to reduce stress and control your emotions
  • Destroy fear

 

  • Improve communication skills
  • Improve non-verbal skills
  • Improve critical thinking skills
  • Improve writing skills

 

  • Be In control
  • Gain respect and admiration of everyone
  • Feel proud of yourself
  • Influence others
  • Win new friends
  • Succeed at home, school and life

 

Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

 

There are many ways in which a person can overcome their fear of public speaking.

Let's explore some of them:

 

  • Prepare ahead of time
  • Practice your speech
  • Don't expect to be perfect
  • Get rid of negative self-talk
  • Locate pleasant faces in the audience
  • Visualize success
  • Breathe between lines

 

Acting Your Way out of Public Anxiety

 

  • Relax the body:
  1. Feel the tension in face, neck, shoulders, back, arms, legs, chest and stomach.
  2. Gently stretch to release the tension.
  • The Breath:
  1. Inhale through the nose. Then, exhale through the mouth.
  2. 6-4-8 breathing – inhale for 6 seconds, hold for 4, then exhale for 8 seconds.
  • Resonance Awareness (your voice):
  1. Humming the 5 vowels: A, E, I, O, U.
  2. Bounce and shake the body.
  • Sound Articulation:
  1. Massage your cheeks and jaw voicing the 5 vowels (exaggerate each sound)
  2. Lips: Ppppppp (x8) 2. Bbbbbbbb (x8)
  3. Tongue:
  4. Move tongue in/out/down/up/side to side.
  5. Say Nnnnnnnn (x8), Dddddddd, Tttttttt, Gggggggg.
  • Production: Put it into Practice
  1. Tongue twisters:
  2. Big black bug bit a big black bear, and the big black bear bled black blood.
  3. Little lucky Luke likes lakes. Lucky little Luke likes licking lakes.
  4. Can I cook a proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee pot?

 

Source: Acting Your Way Out of Public Anxiety,

Misty Cozac & Adrian Lipsett

Golden Key Reading & Writing Boost Class

Worried about your teenage child's ability to keep up with writing assignments in school?

Does your child seem to avoid reading the books given for reading assignments?

Is your child unfamiliar with Canadian history and cultural topics?

We have a class designed to solve these issues!

  • This class focuses on enhancing reading comprehension & academic reading ability.
  • Small class sizes: each class is limited to a maximum of 4 students in order to ensure that each child receives plenty of attention and guidance.
  • Target students: from elementary school to high school students

 

Class Objectives:

  • To instill a habit and passion for reading.
  • To get the students to read not just for rote memorization of the contents. Instead they should read in order to comprehend, then analyze the contents.
  • To familiarize students with Canadian & American literary styles.

Learning Approach:

  • Our approach to improving your child's reading and writing abilities is by getting them to read literature, written by Canadian & American authors.
  • The literature that we will use are short stories, poems, and articles. These novels will be carefully chosen to ensure that they meet the following criteria:

                     - Does not include pornographic or sexually related material.

                     - Does not include depictions of violence and/or death.

                     - Will be relevant and applicable to both boys and girls.

Examples:

  • Roly Poly Pill Bugs by Cynthia Sherwood (non-fiction article)
  • The Skeleton Key by Kelly Hashway (fictional short story)
  • Conquering Everest by Kimberly M. Hutmacher (non-fictional article)

 

Q: Why youth and young adult literature written by Canadians & Americans?

      A: By reading literature written by Canadians and Americans, students will be more accustomed to North American literary styles. So, they will be more prepared for the assigned reading that they will receive from school.  

  • Each reading material will be covered in a single class, and the next class will use a different reading material. This way, new students can join the class without being unable to follow the reading material, because each class go over something different.
  • The choice of reading material will depend on the age range of the students. If the students are elementary schoool age then Youth literature will be used. If the students are high school age then Young Adult literature will be used.

 

This is what an average class will be like:

  1. The students will be assigned to read aloud the assigned reading material Each student will read one paragraph, and take turns as they proceed.
  2. During the reading they will be encouraged to look up words they don't understand, or ask the teacher to clarify things they don't understand.

Example:

Student - "Teacher, what is the ministry of child services?"

Teacher - "The Ministry of Child Services is the branch of the government that is responsible for the safety of young people under 19 years old."

  1. After the material has been read. The students will be asked a series of comprehension questions by the teacher to make sure they understand the chapter and how it progresses the story. These comprehension questions will come in many different forms, such as:

- fill in the blanks

- matching words to definitions

- short answer questions (one or more sentences)

Example:

What are Sarah's thoughts about her parents' constant fighting? Is she OK with it, or is it making her feel bad?

  1. Finally to end the class, students will be asked about their opinions of how the story is progressing.

Example:

Teacher - What do you think of Sarah's situation at home? How would you feel if you were in her situation?

Student - I would be very sad if my parents are often fighting. That could lead to a divorce, and I would have to choose which parent to live with.

Students will:

  1. A) Build confidence

              How: They will grow accustomed to expressing their opinion about the reading material to the teacher and fellow classmates.

  1. B) Improve their reading comprehension and analysis

             How: The exercises and questions that follow each reading will ensure that the students put effort into understanding the material.

  1. C) Improve their ability to write in several forms (short answer, point form, and essay)

           How: The teacher will writing assignments for homework that will get the students to create several different forms of writing (short story, poem, article, persuasive essay, etc.)

  1. D) Bond with each other as classmates and eventually friends

              How: As they spend time in class together, they will naturally mingle and talk about the reading material.

This course will enhance students’ skill in academic writing and prepare them for first-year University English, easing students in the transition from high school to postsecondary and ensuring their success in a high school as well as a university setting. In the duration of the course, an array of topics will be covered that are traditionally addressed in grade 12 English and first-year English. Students will receive an introduction to grammar, writing style, essay writing, literary analysis, research papers, and MLA documentation. These skills are not solely expected in the English classroom; other courses in high school and university require your knowledge of these areas. Hence, by taking this course, students will improve their overall writing skills. 

Day-to-day instruction will consist of lectures, group discussion, writing exercises and tests. Everyday we will begin with a writing lesson (either in grammar or in style), and students will be tested on their understanding of the writing lessons at the end of the week. The course will consist of regular writing assignments (both take-home and in-class); detailed feedback will be provided on each written assignment. Students will receive thorough instruction on both the literary analysis essay and the persuasive essay, two of the most commonly assigned essays in first-year English. Proper documentation of sources and proper MLA formatting will be discussed in class. Students will also be taught how to avoid plagiarism. Last, they will be trained on sophisticated literary analysis via in-depth discussions of literature in class.

            This course is designed for upper level high school students who want to succeed in a postsecondary context. Grade 11 and 12 students are welcome; some keen Grade 10 students may also apply. Because the course will be addressing first-year English, in-depth ESL instruction will not be provided. Students wishing to enroll in this course should be at a satisfactory writing and reading level. The ultimate goal of this course is to introduce students to the expectations of a first-year English course and better prepare them for success in university life.

 

Benefits after this course:

-Students will improve their oral and written communication

-Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills

-Students will improve their vocabulary, grammar and style

-Students will gain confidence in their university and high school courses

-Students will become familiar with different essay models

-Students will learn to adapt their writing to suit the assignment

            This course will be taught by Dr. Charn Jagpal. Dr. Jagpal has a post-doctorate in English from Western University, a PhD in English from the University of Alberta, a Masters in English from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelors in English Honours from Simon Fraser University. She has been teaching at a postsecondary context for the last seven years. She has taught a total of thirteen English courses during her employment at both the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University. She has also worked one-on-one with high school students to better prepare them for the expectations of university.

Features:

  • According to student’s English proficiency, the classes are divided into: Introductory level and Advanced level
  • Classes cover listening, reading, writing, and speaking
  • Learn exam strategies from experienced IELTS teachers
  • Free mock exam every month for realistic exam experience
  • Instructors mark each student’s IELTS papers and provide professional feedback for improvement
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers tailor courses to each student’s specific needs for break through
  • Small class lecture and/or private tutoring for better result

LPI level 4 Class - Real Estate Agent Preparation

Target Students:

Students whose English writing foundation is weak and lack of systematic writing training. Intended to concentrate on a short-term intensive writing training in order to break through.

Features:

  • Exam tips and strategies from previous LPI examiner.
  • Learn how to write a sound argumentative essay through introducing the effective essay structure and extend your vocabulary.
  • Given the LPI scoring criteria is the number of grammatical errors, lecturers will teach basic grammar and advanced grammar. You will learn how to avoid and correct grammatical errors, such as misuse articles such as a, an and the.
  • Based on the recent LPI exam questions, students will do a lot of practices to be familiar with LPI exam.
  • Instructors personally mark each student’s papers and provide practical and effective suggestions.
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers tailor courses to each student’s specific needs for break through
  • Small class lecture and/or private tutoring for better result

LPI Level 5 Class - University Preparation

Target Students:

Students who have received introductory writing training and have obtain basic writing skills. Aim to advance English writing and pass the LPI exam through taking this class.

Course Content:

  • Exam tips and strategies from previous LPI examiner.
  • Teach how to write an impressive argumentative essay through introducing the effective essay structure and extend your vocabulary.
  • Help you to identify some common mistakes in essay writing and you will learn how to quickly correct these mistakes.
  • Teach the skills to summarize an article. By reading the articles on different topics, you will be able to quickly summarize any article.
  • Based on the recent LPI exam questions, students will do a lot of practices to be familiar with LPI exam.
  • Instructors personally mark each student’s papers and provide practical and effective suggestions.
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers tailor courses to each student’s specific needs for break through
  • Small class lecture and/or private tutoring for better result