Academic English

Age 6 - 16

Course Description

Our Academic English program offers courses in Reading & Listening and Writing & Speaking that help students develop the critical thinking and communication skills they will need to succeed in high school and university, as well as in their future careers. The program is divided into three levels -- Academic Beginner, Academic Starter, and Academic Foundations -- based on age. Each level is further divided into four skill tiers -- Core, Bridge, Leader, and Master -- based on skill. The curriculum of each course is designed to meet specific learning outcomes for students at that age and skill level.

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6 - 16 years old
12 - 14 weeks course
30 - 56 hours

Teaching Methodology

Our Academic English program for students aged 6 to 16 combines elements of the Socratic method, creative learning techniques, and the Common Core curriculum that is used by schools throughout the United States and widely respected around the world. This hybrid approach to teaching provides students with a standardized foundation of knowledge for improving their English while also cultivating critical, independent, and creative thinking and problem solving techniques. Cornerstone uses textbooks from the world's leading English-language educational publishers, including Cambridge and National Geographic. All Academic English courses are taught by native English speakers from around the world to guarantee that all lessons are presented only in English so that students are immersed in the language during class. While many of the lessons focus on Reading or Writing, immersion and guided discussions ensure that the students are simultaneously improving their Listening and Speaking skills during class.


Academic Beginner (G1 - G4)
Core, Bridge, Master
Academic Starter (G4 - G6)
Core, Bridge, Master
Academic Foundations (G6 - G10)
Core, Bridge, Master

Course Objectives

  • Recognize key elements of a story or essay
  • Summarize events, stories, and essays
  • Identify stated and implied ideas in a text
  • Include evidence, examples, reasons, and explanations to support a claim in verbal and written responses
  • Express complex ideas in a well-structured and coherent manner


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