Grammar may not be the most important thing in the world, but it surely pays to possess a good knowledge of basic (to not-so-basic) grammatical rules especially when writing.
Eureka provides tutorials for all three levels- basic, intermediate, and advanced levels in the English Grammar. The Center provides a diagnostic exam to determine the current level of a student and then devises a suitable program for him or her. The diagnostic exam measures fluency, accuracy, vocabulary, and mastery through a standardized grammar test used by several universities around the world.
While myriad of students hate the exacting approach employed by some grammar teachers, Eureka’s method is both communicative and interactive. It is the goal of Eureka that grammar be learned in the least painful way possible- through everyday English and passages that help a person convey thoughts accurately and spontaneously.
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Grammar is universally considered as the backbone of any language, but focusing on grammar explanation and neglecting any reference to meaning can be detrimental to language acquisition. Grammar knowledge can be helpful in producing accurate forms of language and acts in monitoring its use. This shows that grammar alone does not make the language. What is more, language use can be tremendously affected by conscious language usage as this may create a stressful environment.
In a book titled: The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language (Heinemann, 2005), Mary Ehrenworth and Vicki Vinton state that grammar matters not only for how it transfers power but for its intrinsic beauty and revelatory qualities. On the other hand Brock Haussamen, professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College of New Jersey asserts that people associate grammar with errors and correctness but knowing about grammar also helps us understand what makes sentences and paragraphs clear and interesting and precise. It offers a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity. It is about finding out that all languages and all dialects follow grammatical patterns.
Therefore, a balanced approach to grammar teaching takes into consideration the appropriate use of language and does not reject the (conscious or unconscious) internalization of the rules. A perfect blend of grammar and vocabulary is the main ingredient in the program that Eureka employs in its English Grammar Lessons.
The power of exploration over explanation
Explaining a rule does not necessarily lead to full understanding of the language point. It is preferable to let students discover the essentiality and depth of the rules by themselves. A grammar-discovery approach involves providing learners with data to illustrate a particular grammatical point and getting them to analyze it in order to reach an awareness of how the feature works. In effect, this needs acquirers to be active thinkers in order to discover for themselves how the grammar works. Instead of giving students a set of model examples to repeat and drill, it would be wiser to give them the opportunity to explore the examples by noticing/observing, making hypotheses and drawing conclusions about the language forms. This leads to raising an awareness about the grammar and a meaningful and active understanding of the rules. Habit formation through drilling and repetition cannot lead to language mastery. However, using authentic language (instead of artificial language) to unconsciously internalize language forms might be much more beneficial to language acquirers.
The following are the advantages of grammar-discovery:
In a nutshell, grammar must be a part of any language instruction. But the approach one adopts in the grammar teaching differs from teacher to teacher. While some may underestimate any importance of grammar in the teaching practices; others put grammar in the forefront of the language teaching. Eureka Tutorial and Learning Center believes in a balanced view that considers grammar important, as long as it leads to better language use in context rather than being a set of rules about the language that do not help much in the communication of meaning.
Done with your first year of IB/AP? Are you ready for the more challenging second year of the program?
Summer vacation is the time to consolidate your learning and prepare for the year ahead!
Eureka! Tutorials and Learning Center Mid IB Summer Courses are for students between the first and second year of the IB Diploma Programme and the Advance Placement Programme.
The following are subjects offered this summer:
IB Subjects offered
AP Subject offered
Experienced teachers will handle the summer program. Other subjects can also be offered depending on the demand of the students, i.e. Business/Management/Spanish.
Duration of the Summer Camp will be 6 to 8 weeks.
Assigned task/homework can be done in an hour or less per subject.
Topics covered in IB1 will be reviewed. Exercises will be given to the students from pass papers.
Six hours per day.
The nature of Math IAs will be explained. Past IAs with marks will be discussed to acquaint students of what IB raters are looking for in internal assessments.
Examinations will be conducted every Saturday for 4 hours.
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DISCLAIMER: The AP and the IB are programs administered, owned, and handled the by College Board and the IBO. Eureka! has no affiliation with these organisations.
“Write to express, not to impress.”
Young Writers' Club is Eureka’s writing enhancement program that aims to teach students the six qualities of good writing (focus, development, unity, coherence, correctness, and creativity). The program starts off with a discussion of sentence structures, the basic rules of grammar, correct use of punctuation, and proper spelling. It then proceeds to a discussion of literary devices and techniques employed by writers of different genres in conveying their thoughts and ideas. The program introduces different writing styles that students can analyze, learn from, and imitate. Written essays are checked by tutors who help the student further express his or her individuality through writing. Ultimately, the program aims to encourage students to be reflective, articulate, sincere, and confident in writing.
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ESL for foreign students
Eureka’s ESL (English as a Second Language) program is designed to develop a student’s ability to converse in spoken English. ESL is offered to foreign students with little or no background in English. To encourage verbal communication, tutors focus on basic speaking skills such as correct pronunciation, stress, intonation, fluency, and diction. Lectures on basic grammar and writing are also included in one-on-one and group discussions.
ESL is also one of the programs offered ONLINE. Students who live in Japan, Korea, or other foreign countries can avail of Eureka’s online courses.
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The acronym AP stands for Advanced Placement. The AP offers college level curriculum and examinations to high school students. College Board, a group of expert educators, handles AP in the United States and Canada.
Eureka! offers review for the following Advanced Placement Exams:
Because of the inherent difficulty of AP subjects, it is recommended that the student reviews at least two months prior to the schedule of his/her exams to provide enough time to cover all the necessary topics.
Eureka's students have achieved distinction after reviewing at Eureka. One of Eureka's students, Peter Hyung of MIT, scored a "“5 in AP Calculus BC. This is the highest mark achievable in AP.
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The New Generation TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test) evaluates an individual’s ability to understand and use English in an academic setting. This standardized test is commonly required by colleges and universities in the US for non-native speakers who wish to pursue an undergraduate course in an American university. At the same time, it is a common measure of English proficiency used by numerous business institutions, government agencies, and scholarship programs.
Eureka’s TOEFL program includes multiple simulation exams and coaching from experienced TOEFL tutors who guide the students and acquaint them with important test takings skills needed in order to increase their scores. The TOEFL simulation test given to the students accurately gauges the student’s skills in the four areas (listening, writing, speaking, and reading) tested in the TOEFL. Eureka’s predicted score represents the likely score of the student in the actual TOEFL. This predicted score is very useful especially for those who need to achieve a minimum TOEFL score as a requirement for their college admissions. More importantly, the predicted score also pinpoints specific skills and particular areas of concern that a student must improve on.
In 2011, Thomas Lee, one of Eureka’s TOEFL review students, achieved a perfect score of 120 after three months of rigorous review.
The TOEFL is considered by many as the most comprehensive ACADEMIC English test available.
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Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test Review (SAT I and SAT II)
The Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test (SAT I) and the SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) are standardized tests taken by students who wish to study in foreign universities. These tests evaluate the academic readiness and competency of students bound for American universities although the results can also be used when applying for other non-American universities such as the National University of Singapore, The University of Hong kong, and other reputable universities. Developed and published by The College Board, the SAT aims to measures English literacy in both reading and writing as well as a student’s mathematical ability.The SAT is used by many institutions as an objective measure of a student’s ability although a high score in the SAT is not the sole criterion for admission.
Eureka’s SAT review employs the principle of “learning by doing”. Carefully-crafted exercises are given to students to pinpoint areas of weakness. These areas of weakness are then addressed by tutors who provide exercises that reinforce concepts essential to understanding. Tutors act as raters to give the students a prediction of the score they are likely to get in the actual SAT. Based on the scores of hundreds past students, Eureka’s predicted score is within five (plus minus 5) percent of what students get in the actual SAT. This accuracy is the result of years of extensive exposure and experience of the tutors handling the review.
Eureka has successfully assisted hundreds of students in the Philippines to significantly improve their SAT scores. In 2013, John Lee, one of Eureka’s students registered a perfect SAT score after two months of review while Peter Hyung, gained admission to UC Berkeley after achieving an SAT score that belonged to the 98% percentile of all test takers. Erick Lim achieved an SAT score on the redesigned test higher than the average score obtained by Harvard freshmen.
It can be argued that a student’s SAT score (or ACT) is the biggest factor determining acceptance to elite universities and Ivy League universities.
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