Online Classes

PREPARING FUTURE GLOBAL LEADERS

English Hound prepares future global leaders by cultivating confidence, critical thinking and effective English communication skills. Founded by American professionals who graduated from Ivy League universities and top U.S. colleges, our reading and writing classes with just 1 - 3 students are designed to help your children excel in school many years above their grade level and pave their way for admission to the Ivy Leagues and top U.S. schools.  English Hound educators are seasoned U.S. teachers who are able to advance our students’ reading, writing and communication skills to new levels of excellence. Intimate class size enables our teachers to focus on students' individual needs while our online reading and writing curricula are designed to help our students become better English readers, writers and speakers.  Come explore our website and take our online classes and set your children on a path to a brighter future.


Kindergarten

Kindergarten Reading Comprehension

We introduce a world of literacy to our emerging readers. Kindergartners will learn sight words and practice their phonics skills to become better readers. They will focus on reading comprehension and develop their critical thinking skills. Using Houghton Mifflin's Journeys and Raz-Kids' Reading Curricula, teachers will guide children into the amazing world of reading.

Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. 
*Advanced Preschoolers who are interested in learning to read may register for this class. 

 
 

Vocabulary Building Class

A strong working vocabulary is a powerful asset in all academic disciplines and in most every area of life. Improved reading, writing, and critical thinking, along with increased self-confidence and better test performance, all can be traced to dedicated study of words – the building blocks of language. Studies show that drilled memorization is not the best way to learn vocabulary. This class uses a variety of interactive activities to make learning enjoyable, satisfying, and lasting, and instruction is individualized to a student’s reading level. Our intensive and proven word-in-context approach offers abundant practice by which students encounter lesson words in many different ways, eventually making them their own. Furthermore, our study of word parts equips students to decipher the meanings of unfamiliar words in schoolwork, independent reading, and standardized tests. Vocabulary building is a life-long adventure, and students are invited to build on their success through the advanced sections of the class. A pretest will be given to determine the student’s placement and a post-test will be given to show student’s progress.

 
 

1st Grade

First Grade Reading Comprehension

First graders will solidify their literacy foundation as they continue to develop their sight vocabulary, pronunciation, reading fluency and understanding of text structure. As more established readers, students will be able to spend more time delving into the meaning of a text as they self monitor their reading comprehension. Using Houghton Mifflin's and Raz-Kids' Reading Curricula, teachers will guide children into the amazing world of reading.

Note: Up to 3 students may share this course depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. 

 
 

Vocabulary Building Class

A strong working vocabulary is a powerful asset in all academic disciplines and in most every area of life. Improved reading, writing, and critical thinking, along with increased self-confidence and better test performance, all can be traced to dedicated study of words – the building blocks of language. Studies show that drilled memorization is not the best way to learn vocabulary. This class uses a variety of interactive activities to make learning enjoyable, satisfying, and lasting, and instruction is individualized to a student’s reading level. Our intensive and proven word-in-context approach offers abundant practice by which students encounter lesson words in many different ways, eventually making them their own. Furthermore, our study of word parts equips students to decipher the meanings of unfamiliar words in schoolwork, independent reading, and standardized tests. Vocabulary building is a life-long adventure, and students are invited to build on their success through the advanced sections of the class. A pretest will be given to determine the student’s placement and a post-test will be given to show student’s progress.

 
 

2nd Grade

Second Grade Reading and Writing

Second graders will focus on vocabulary, word roots, punctuation and reading comprehension. As reading skills progress and students continue to develop fluency, they become more familiar with such issues as vowel teams, silent e, prefixes and suffixes and consonant blends. They learn how punctuation influences intonation and expression during oral reading and they are able to sustain their focus over longer texts such as early chapter books. As writers, their more sophisticated skills will lend themselves to longer and more developed stories with supporting information and details. Teachers will continue to challenge students' reading and writing skills through Raz-Kids and Houghton Mifflin's Journeys Reading Curricula.

Note: Up to 3 students may share this course depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. 

 
 

Vocabulary Building Class

A strong working vocabulary is a powerful asset in all academic disciplines and in most every area of life. Improved reading, writing, and critical thinking, along with increased self-confidence and better test performance, all can be traced to dedicated study of words – the building blocks of language. Studies show that drilled memorization is not the best way to learn vocabulary. This class uses a variety of interactive activities to make learning enjoyable, satisfying, and lasting, and instruction is individualized to a student’s reading level. Our intensive and proven word-in-context approach offers abundant practice by which students encounter lesson words in many different ways, eventually making them their own. Furthermore, our study of word parts equips students to decipher the meanings of unfamiliar words in schoolwork, independent reading, and standardized tests. Vocabulary building is a life-long adventure, and students are invited to build on their success through the advanced sections of the class. A pretest will be given to determine the student’s placement and a post-test will be given to show student’s progress.

 

 
 

3rd Grade

Third Grade Reading Comprehension and Writing

Third graders will use their foundation in literacy to challenge themselves with longer, more complicated stories. They will be expected to sift through informational texts to find specific information and make more in depth inferences as they read. Writing at this stage becomes more nuanced and varied in both genre and structure. This class will capitalize on students' more developed skills as they begin to read and write with greater proficiency and sophistication. In addition to Houghton Mifflin's and Raz-Kids' Reading Curricula, teachers and students may agree to work with classic or popular chapter books. Students are responsible for obtaining their own books.

Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. 

 
 

Vocabulary Building Class

A strong working vocabulary is a powerful asset in all academic disciplines and in most every area of life. Improved reading, writing, and critical thinking, along with increased self-confidence and better test performance, all can be traced to dedicated study of words – the building blocks of language. Studies show that drilled memorization is not the best way to learn vocabulary. This class uses a variety of interactive activities to make learning enjoyable, satisfying, and lasting, and instruction is individualized to a student’s reading level. Our intensive and proven word-in-context approach offers abundant practice by which students encounter lesson words in many different ways, eventually making them their own. Furthermore, our study of word parts equips students to decipher the meanings of unfamiliar words in schoolwork, independent reading, and standardized tests. Vocabulary building is a life-long adventure, and students are invited to build on their success through the advanced sections of the class. A pretest will be given to determine the student’s placement and a post-test will be given to show student’s progress.

Up to 3 students may take this class together depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. Student may request 2 classes a week by clicking on Request a Day/Time below.

 
 

Third Grade Writing

For a student with a bright imagination, this class will be both fun and instructional. The student will learn the art of transforming imagination into words. This class will focus on writing techniques such as brainstorming, outlining, reorganizing, drafting, editing, and proofreading. Students may pick the writing topic. Teacher and student will use Google docs to write for this class. Note: Up to 2 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

4th Grade

Fourth Grade Reading Comprehension and Writing

As fluent readers and writers, fourth graders begin the transition to the middle grades. Here, they are able to use their knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to decode unknown vocabulary. They read with expression and can articulate thoughts and observations about plot and character development, main idea and theme. As writers, they are now comfortable writing in multiple genres and can express their opinions and ideas using more complex sentences and vocabulary as well as supporting their arguments with facts and examples. Through an array of varied reading and writing experiences and activities, teachers will continue to challenge students to build their literacy skills based on their individual needs and strengths. In addition to Houghton Mifflin's and Raz-Kids' Reading Curricula, teachers and students may agree to work with classic or popular chapter books. Students are responsible for obtaining their own books. Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. Student may request 2 classes a week by clicking on Request a Day/Time below.

 
 

Vocabulary Building Class

A strong working vocabulary is a powerful asset in all academic disciplines and in most every area of life. Improved reading, writing, and critical thinking, along with increased self-confidence and better test performance, all can be traced to dedicated study of words – the building blocks of language. Studies show that drilled memorization is not the best way to learn vocabulary. This class uses a variety of interactive activities to make learning enjoyable, satisfying, and lasting, and instruction is individualized to a student’s reading level. Our intensive and proven word-in-context approach offers abundant practice by which students encounter lesson words in many different ways, eventually making them their own. Furthermore, our study of word parts equips students to decipher the meanings of unfamiliar words in schoolwork, independent reading, and standardized tests. Vocabulary building is a life-long adventure, and students are invited to build on their success through the advanced sections of the class. A pretest will be given to determine the student’s placement and a post-test will be given to show student’s progress.

Up to 3 students may take this class together depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. 

 
 

Fourth Grade Writing

For a student with a bright imagination, this class will be both fun and instructional. The student will learn the art of transforming imagination into words. This class will focus on writing techniques such as brainstorming, outlining, reorganizing, drafting, editing, and proofreading. Students may pick the writing topic. Teacher and student will use Google docs to write for this class. Note: Up to 2 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

5th - 8th Grades

Vocabulary Building Class

A strong working vocabulary is a powerful asset in all academic disciplines and in most every area of life. Improved reading, writing, and critical thinking, along with increased self-confidence and better test performance, all can be traced to dedicated study of words – the building blocks of language. Studies show that drilled memorization is not the best way to learn vocabulary. This class uses a variety of interactive activities to make learning enjoyable, satisfying, and lasting, and instruction is individualized to a student’s reading level. Our intensive and proven word-in-context approach offers abundant practice by which students encounter lesson words in many different ways, eventually making them their own. Furthermore, our study of word parts equips students to decipher the meanings of unfamiliar words in schoolwork, independent reading, and standardized tests. Vocabulary building is a life-long adventure, and students are invited to build on their success through the advanced sections of the class. A pretest will be given to determine the student’s placement and a post-test will be given to show student’s progress. Up to 3 students may take this class together depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. Student may request 2 classes a week by clicking on Request a Day/Time below.

 
 

Reading Comprehension

Being able to demonstrate comprehension is vital for success in school, the workplace and as a citizen of the world. This class teaches reading for understanding, using paraphrasing, questioning, summarizing and other proven strategies to improve comprehension.  Students read literature passages, then demonstrate understanding through discussion, and clear and focused written responses. Students are encouraged to discuss their ideas, and express themselves verbally to build self-confidence and share in the problem solving process. Students write short essays, and practice SSAT/ISEE style questions to show understanding of what they have read.  Curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of each student, so students can begin the class whenever it is convenient.

 
 

SSAT/ISEE Preparation Class

This class is designed for students taking a middle or upper level test for private school admission. This class covers reading comprehension, short essay writing, and verbal skills, which includes vocabulary and analogy practice.  Both the SSAT, and the ISEE measure student ability, not achievement, so it is important for students to have confidence in their problem solving skills to do well on the test.  Students will be taught test taking strategies for each section, and have guided practice tests to help them understand the thought process needed to be successful.  Each lesson will include verbal skills practice, with approximately half the time spent on guided practice, identifying and using new vocabulary, and solving analogy problems, and the other half practicing comprehension skills using literature passages and multiple choice questions.  The last two sessions of the class will focus on short essay writing.  Practice tests will also be used to give students experience with the test format and to help them gain confidence.

 
 

ESL Reading Comprehension and Writing

Through an array of varied reading and writing experiences and activities, teachers will continue to challenge students to build their literacy skills based on their individual needs and strengths. In addition to Houghton Mifflin's and Raz-Kids' Reading Curricula, teachers and students may agree to work with classic or popular chapter books. Students are responsible for obtaining their own books. Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability. Classes are available anywhere around the world. Just calculate your class time based on the NY/Korea class time provided. Student may request 2 classes a week by clicking on Request a Day/Time below.

 
 

Reading Unit 1: Realistic Fiction Reading Comprehension and Writing

Students will explore the genre with award winning books such as Because of Winn Dixie, Bridge to Terabithia, Hatchet, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Treasure Island. During the eight week course the instructor will guide students through two to three books with focused discussion, vocabulary development and written responses. Students will develop their reading fluency, critical reading skills, conversational language skills, and writing techniques. Spirited literary discussions will provide an opportunity for intellectual debate and explaining and supporting one's thinking. Students are responsible for obtaining their own books. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Reading Unit 2 – Nonfiction Reading Comprehension and Writing

In our age of information overload, non-fiction reading skills are essential to extracting the necessary information from a text. This unit focuses on non-fiction text features and using them skillfully to build comprehension skills. Students will read about such engaging and relevant issues as climate change, space travel, modern medicine, habitat destruction and conservation, and current world events. They will have the opportunity to speak and write about their thoughts and opinions regarding these issues as they develop their analytic, writing and conversation skills in the process. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Reading Unit 3 – Biography Reading Comprehension and Writing

What were the great influences in the lives of Mozart, Anne Frank and Steve Jobs? Students will find out when they participate in this class. Through the study of the lives of others, students will develop an understanding of the genre of biography and the influence of certain events and experiences in someone’s life. They will have an opportunity to learn about people they admire or to discover the life of someone with whom they are not familiar. As they learn about their subjects, they will be developing their non-fiction reading skills, conversational and reading fluency, and writing skills. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Reading Unit 4 – Play Reading Comprehension and Writing

Famous plays will provide the basis for this course that focuses on helping students develop their reading fluency, oral expression and understanding of character development. They will be exposed to classic literature in a fun, engaging manner that will build reading comprehension and verbal expression skills in the process. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband connection.

 
 

Reading Unit 5 – Poetry Reading Comprehension and Writing

Nothing speaks to a child’s heart like a beautifully written poem. In this hybrid reading/writing unit, students will explore classic and contemporary poetry. Poetry provides a wonderful opportunity to foster observation and descriptive language skills as well as a sense of cadence and rhythm, imagery, and the ability to express one’s deepest thoughts in a few well-chosen, powerful words. Through reading and writing poetry, students will learn about creating images, finding the main idea, developing mood and exploring their thoughts and questions about the world. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 3 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Reading Unit 6 – Fantasy Reading Comprehension and Writing

Sorcerers, wizards, dragons, talking animals and dystopian society are the stuff of children’s fantasy. In this unit, students will explore the genre through their reading of several books over the course of the class. They will focus on such fantasy characteristics as symbols, morals and themes as well as character development and conflict. The class will give students a chance to enter different realms and let their imaginations soar as they continue to develop their reading comprehension and fluency, vocabulary and writing skills. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 3 students may share this class depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Writing Unit 1 – Nonfiction Writing

Informative, persuasive and comparative writing are essential skills for academic success. In this unit, students will write about interesting and engaging topics such as technology, world issues and scientific discoveries. With a focus on developing a logical and organized argument as well as strengthening grammar and vocabulary, this course provides students the opportunity to improve their written fluency in critical genres. Teacher and student will use Google docs to write. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 2 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Writing Unit 2 – Narrative Writing

Creative writing cultivates the imagination, fosters strong descriptive and organizational writing skills and develops a better understanding of the constructs of plot and character. During this unit, students will write three pieces -- two fiction and one memoir, with a focus on creating believable characters, explaining inner thoughts and feelings and writing a story with a well-developed plot. As teachers guide children through the writing process, they will provide instructions on grammar, vocabulary and writing craft. Teacher and student will use Google docs to write. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 2 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Writing Unit 3 – Fiction Writing

Realistic fiction and fantasy are the two of the most popular genres in children’s literature. This course will allow children to explore these genres as writers and reinforce their familiarity with them from the “inside out”. Over the course of this unit, students will engage in the writing process as they craft two to three fiction pieces in the genres of realistic fiction and fantasy. Grammar, vocabulary and story development are incorporated into the unit to specifically meet the individual needs and interests of the student. Teacher and student will use Google docs to write. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 2 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

Writing Unit 4 – Critical Essay Writing

According to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information comprise the highest level thinking skills. Each of these skills is developed in the Critical Essay Unit. Students will read and compare appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts in a structured analysis. As a result of this process, they will develop their higher level thinking skills in addition to their comparative writing skills, grammar and vocabulary. Attention will be given to writing footnotes and endnotes, bibliographies, and annotated bibliographies. Teacher and student will use Google docs to write. Classes will be individualized depending on the ability of the student. Note: Up to 2 students may take this course depending on Broadband capability.

 
 

9th - 12th Grades

High School Classes

For high school students, we offer a highly specialized program to meet the needs of individual students. Much has been said in the media about why even well-educated high school students and college students cannot write well. To achieve success in college, students are expected to read, think, and write critically far beyond what they typically learn in high school, almost regardless of their major. Students need to prepare for the rigors of college by honing their critical reading and writing skills. Our reading classes will focus on critical reading of literary works selected by the teacher and the student and may include famous authors such as Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Austen, Salinger, Hemingway, Camus, Joyce, Dostoevsky, and Shakespeare. Our writing classes will focus on the process of writing from brainstorming to editing and proofreading. We will teach students to research, analyze facts and arguments, and cite to authorities. We also offer vocabulary classes that will help boost SAT verbal scores. Please email us and tell us your preference for the teacher, class (reading or writing or vocabulary), and the day/time of the week you would like to take the class.

 
 

Advanced Placement English Examination Prep Class

This course is taught by a popular, experienced AP English teacher who will help his students prepare for the AP English Language and Composition focusing on analysis of non-fiction texts and evidence-based analytical and persuasive writing and/or AP English Literature and Composition focusing on reading comprehension and writing about imaginative literature such as fictions, plays and poetry.

 
 

College Admissions Essay Course

This course is designed to guide students in developing and writing their college admissions essays.  In order to be competitive when applying to top colleges, students need to create essays that give insight into their thoughts, feelings, and personal perspective.  In this course, students do all their own writing, basing their essays on life experiences, hopes for the future, and personal talents. Students are supported in this process by educators who understand the importance of choosing a prompt that fits each student, and who are trained to help students express their ideas. Throughout the essay writing process, students are encouraged to concentrate on narrative development, writing structure, and tone to highlight their unique personality and voice.

 
 

College Interviewing Course

This course is designed to help students feel comfortable interviewing for college admissions. Presenting oneself well during an interview takes practice.  This course is not about memorizing canned answers to recite during interviews. Rather, it is about effectively communicating one's interests and talents to the college interviewer. Since the college interview is also an opportunity for students to learn about the college, this course helps students prepare insightful questions so that students can learn more about the college. Through mock interviews, students will improve their conversation skills necessary to handle any interview with enthusiasm and confidence.

 
 

SAT and ACT Essay Prep Course

This course is designed to prepare our students to develop, organize and write an effective analytical essay in a timed-setting. Writing prompts similar to those used in the new SAT and ACT are used for this course.  When high quality writing has to be completed within a time limit, a clear and specific approach is needed to be successful. Students must be confident in their ability to understand and analyze text, demonstrate an effective command of language, and respond using strong academic vocabulary. This course teaches students the skills necessary to excel in all of these areas, and prepare for any type of essay question.  In addition to specifically preparing for the SAT and the ACT essays, this course helps students excel in timed essay exams frequently used in college courses.

 
 
 

 
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