2020 Spring Semester

2020 Spring Semester- Deadline to Register is Nov 15th 2019

ACADEMIC CLASSES

1.        PAGE ONE:  THINKING ABOUT READING

·         The purpose of Thinking About Reading is for students to explain and recognize the impact of words in the written form. Students will develop their reading skills to understand the basis of a narrative; recognize and report about connected events in a written story; identify difference between plot and meaning; and recognize the different roles of characters in the written text.  Students will actively participate in weekly discussions; in small groups, and apply critical thinking skills to communicate ideas both verbally and in writing from a variety of reading material (Poetry, Short Stories, Online articles, Music Lyrics).

 

2.       WRITING OUT LOUD: INTRO TO FICTION AND WRITING

·         Writing Out Loud is designed to have the student learn to dissect the theme, character development, conflict, and structure of a narrative in reading short stories, plays, and a novel. Students will learn how to create different characters and learn the importance of imagination, lead paragraphs, plot structure, foreshadowing and themes. The students will work in small groups and apply critical thinking skills as they communicate their ideas in written form (Essay). The students will learn how to create an Elements of Fiction outline and turn the skills they have learned into a Short Story.

 

3.       COLLEGE SKILLS AND STRATEGIES I

·         College Skills and Strategies is a Two-Part Series designed to assist students in identifying their reliable student skills and differentiates those that may be different from successful skills used in secondary educational settings. Students will also work to use their learned skills to further practice for increased college and vocational success.  Study skills, note-taking, note-using, time management, adult self advocacy communication, as well others are highlighted.  Students will use the class to work and develop planning skills to advance their practice in areas of need.

 

4.        COLLEGE SKILLS AND STRATEGIES II:  STUDENT PLANNING

·         Student Planning is Part Two of the College Skills and Strategies series. This class allows students to put their strategies into practice, whether it is helping them navigate the rigors on an extended post-secondary coursework; expanding their personal campus interests (Clubs and Organizations); Person-Centered planning; or increasing their social/interpersonal relationships on campus.  Students will learn how to manage expectations and increased educational challenges throughout the semester.

 

5.       INDIVIDUAL COMMUNICATION IN SCHOOL, WORK, AND LIFE

·         The purpose of Individual Communication is to expose students to various   components of adult social interactions as typical in collegiate and vocational settings. Students will work on specific skills, such as Total Voice Control; working in groups; consensus building; Active Listening and clarification strategies among others.  This class forms the basis for hopeful further engagement in the campus and civic community through future classes.

 

6.       EXPANDING COMMUNICATION

·         Expanding Communication is designed for students to learn the importance of interpersonal communication and its impact on everyday life.  Students will develop self awareness (through journaling, writing); expand their speech communication skills; learn to identify their strengths and areas of improvement; and learn how to listen effectively in all different environments.  The class will participate in small and large groups and learn how to identify non-verbal communication skills, as well as empathy and equality in communication.

 

7.       STAGE FRIGHT:  INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING

·         Stage Fright: Intro to Public Speaking emphasizes to students the techniques to lessen public speaker anxiety; prepare students to organize their thoughts and ideas; learn teamwork on projects, and to achieve success in everyday public speaking situations.  Students will learn to plan and prepare speeches that informs, persuades the needs of an audience; develop outlines to their speech and the importance of research.  The class will work on their listening and non-verbal skills (body language, facial expressions); tone/volume, and importance of visual and presentation aids.  (Expanding Communication is a pre-requisite)

 

8.       SOCIAL SKILLS FOR SMALL GROUPS

·         Students in this Small Group Presentation class will be able to identify the purposes and characteristics of a small group (Formal, Advisory, Creative, Supportive, and Networking).  Students will learn the importance of cohesiveness, interdependence, commitment, roles, and norms. The class will discuss the stages of group development; decision-making; leadership styles; and demonstrate ways in which collaboration and cooperation is successful and hindered.

 

9.       CAREER DEVELOPMENT I

·         Career Development I is the first of a two-part series, which involves more than helping students choose or enter an occupation. It helps the students makes a self-assessment of interests, values, and skills, and understanding all the steps in choosing an occupation or possible career path.  The students will work in group exercises to help them recognize the importance of social skills, customer service, and teamwork in a competitive employment environment. Students will practice filling out employment applications; discuss flexibility in workplace; and their roles and responsibilities in completing job tasks.

 

10.   CAREER DEVELOPMENT II

·         Career Development II is the second in a two-part series.  The purpose of Career Development II is to assist students in communication through the job interview scenarios with an emphasis on speaking to a developed resume.  Students will practice through a series of interview related questions and develop strategies for communication, memory, and tactical job seeking among others.  Students will also work with current examples of job descriptions and posting to align their skills and interests as well as prepare specific communication and interview strategies. Lastly, students will prepare for a Mock Interview process that will allow them to use their learned skills as well as manage the normal anxiety and stressors that come with seeking employment.

 

11.   RESEARCH and the WRITING PROCESS

·         The purpose of Research and the Writing Process is to introduce students to basic research concepts and techniques in the written form.  Students will learn how to use research as a tool that can make their writing more powerful and convincing to the reader.  Students will learn how to access research in many different forms (library, journals, Case Studies, magazines) and researching the Internet in a productive and informative way. Students will learn how to appropriately and accurately document their research in a bibliography and in the body of your research paper, and examine the issue of plagiarism. (Writing Out Loud is a pre-requisite)

 

12.   MATHEMATICS and EVERYDAY LIFE

·         The purpose of Mathematics and Everyday Life is to improve students understanding of Basic Mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication) and the use that Mathematics (exchange of money, bill payments, budgets, measuring) plays in our daily life skills.  Students will learn the importance of how to read and write with numbers; percentages; differences between list, sale, and discount price; budgeting money, and the language of Algebra (positive/negative integers; use of exponents).

 

13.  CREATIVE WRITER IN YOU I:  Introduction to Fiction and Prose Writing

·         Students will learn the elements of effective prose – from plot and setting to characters and imagery – to create vivid and engaging short stories or essays. Students will sharpen their writing skills and strengthen their understanding of craft. Students will engage in good writing practices that will enable them to produce, edit, and polish works of fiction.

o   Page One: Thinking About Reading is a pre-requisite

o   Writing Out Loud is a pre-requisite

 

14. CREATIVE WRITER IN YOU II:  Theater and the Novel

·         Students will take the elements they learned in Creative Writer in You and explore the world of Theater writing from vivid characters, to stage directions to the world of Fictional Novel writing.  Students will examine different works of the theater, and literature.  Students will work in workshops to learn the elements of effective prose – from plot and setting to characters and imagery – to create vivid and engaging short stories or essays. Students will sharpen their writing skills and strengthen their understanding of craft. Students will engage in good writing practices that will enable them to produce, edit, and polish works of fiction.

Creative Writer in You I is a pre-requisite           

 

15.  COMPUTER ESSENTIALS

·         The purpose of Computer Essentials is to develop or improved student’s computer literacy, keyboard skills, and to meet the needs and expectations of students in post secondary education and typical college degree programs.  The student will learn hands-on experiences in basic computer skills; standard and operative parts of the keyboard; Microsoft word; file management, and other computer applications (copy, paste, proof documents).

 


To learn more information or request an application and set up an interview for the program, please contact Bob Hulit at 732-666-4781; email us at bobh@thearcofsomerset.org; or visit us at www.thearcofsomerset.org

Please refer to our Tuition Policy in regards to payment deadlines.

To learn more information or request an application and set up an interview for the program, please contact Bob Hulit at 732-666-4781 or email us at bobh@thearcofsomerset.org.


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