English Language Arts
Experience our one-of-a-kind English Language Arts enrichment program!
SPECIAL NOTE: Our intention is still to offer both in-class and virtual online options for our Fall/Winter programs, so that clients can choose which way they wish to learn. Classes at our McMaster Innovation Park location are only offered in person.
When we do offer in-class options, we will be following strict protocol for the health and safety of our students and staff, and ensuring we not only adhere to government requirements but exceed safety expectations.
More information on our live online distance learning can be found HERE.
Delivered by our amazing instructors, most of whom hold either a Master’s or a PhD in their field, each Brain Power lesson contains vocabulary building activities, grammar and writing exercises, and a mind-expanding discussion of an exciting topic and/or text of the day!
We focus on:
- Vocabulary building
- Grammar skills
- Reading comprehension
- Reading Analysis
- Essay writing / critical writing
- Logic and reasoning
- Analogical thinking
- Encouraging a love of reading
In Brain Power’s Language Arts classes, students enjoy reading and discussing an array of both contemporary and classic literature. While students engage in traditional literary analysis of the mechanics of texts (e.g. plot, themes, literary devices, etc.), they also go beyond this, investigating each text’s historical context, situating it not only in its time and place but in a history of important ideas that includes philosophy and politics, as well as sociology, psychology, and other social sciences.
At Brain Power we promote the belief that great literature is not merely a collection of dead textual artifacts for academic study, but a conversation across generations, one that can bring to light fundamental truths about the human condition and the modern world. It is this belief that allows Brain Power’s Language Arts program to enhance students’ reading, critical-thinking, and communication skills, while expanding their intellectual curiosity, worldliness, and cultural literacy that makes for engaged and enlightened citizens.
Our small classroom sizes allow students to get personalized attention, both in class and on their weekly homework assignments, for which students receive detailed feedback and advice on how to improve their writing and reasoning.
Our students are encouraged to participate in provincial, national, and international writing competitions, with many winning in prestigious competitions!
In addition to our regular courses, we run also workshops to help students prepare for special programs and examinations and to improve their grammar and writing skills. With our guidance, our students regularly get admitted to gifted and high-level academic day-school programs, including UTS, IB, TOPS, MaCS, UCC, and more!
Our full-year courses run from September through June each year (see the specific course descriptions and schedules for more information). Classes are held once per week, and each session is two hours in length. Our programs target students in Grades 1-12. Please inquire for other ages. Classes fill up fast, so register well in advance!
All NEW students must be interviewed for placement (scroll down to set up an interview).