Class size：6-8 closely-levelled students per class
Levelling：Full screener（including interview, phonics, STAR reading test and writing）
Teaching Standard: US Common Core Standard
Core Teaching Materials: Scholastic Short Reads and over 5000 levelled books in Athena library
Evaluation System: STAR - the US most popular and renowned Reading Level Evaluation System (STAR)
Teaching approach: Teacher-led, student-centered inquiry-based learning approach; standardized guided reading practice with multiple readings, consolidation and enhancement activities to create an interactive and engaging learning environment for students;
Learning Objectives: To develop life-long skilled, independent readers of English for academic purposes and personal interest as well as lay a solid foundation for students to well prepare them for the Independent Guided Reading program and Literature, Writing and PBL Projects programs.
Course Setting: Group Guided Reading program includes 2 stages (Student placement is decided by the pre-assessment result and the recommendation of native-English speaking teacher).
Class Frequency：Twice a week
Uses authentic US Common Core reading material – Short Reads, which covers different subject areas and genres to keep students engaged and motivated during class; it also enables students to build up vocabulary and develop their reading skills;
Courses scheduled in a way to ensure students are appropriately and consistently challenged;
Helps students to develop critical thinking skills, social skills and collaboration skills throughout the class;
Improves students’ writing skills through its writing component;