|AS English Language & Literature
Ms. Ashley Yap
Welcome! AS English Language and Literature is the 11th grade English course at ASU Prep. It is designed to meet the standards for the Cambridge International AS Level Language and Literature curriculum as well as the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. In AS English Language and Literature, students will read and respond critically to a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, including prose, poetry and drama. Students will also further develop their understanding of the features of English language and how writers' choices of form, structure, and language can shape meaning. An example of a Cambridge AS English essay prompt and a few of our texts for this year are available to give you a sense of the type of work—the type of thinking—required of students in this class.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about the course:
Students will always have homework for this course, though it might be different from the type of homework you are used to seeing. Critical reading is central to the course, and students are expected to read for a clear, full understanding of the text and to generate questions and observation about the text to share with the class. This often requires reading a text two or three times. Ask your student regularly what he or she is reading for this class.
Students will almost always have a writing assignment they should be working on. Many formal essays begin as a timed (60 minutes) in-class essay. In many cases, students will be encouraged or required to rewrite this essay at home. Please know that essay grades at the beginning of the year are may be lower than what students are used to. This is normal as students adjust to the college-level writing expectations of an AS level course. For most students, grades start to rise as they adjust to this expectation.
Junior year can be difficult for advanced level students because, for the first time, they are facing a schedule full of A and AS Level courses and thinking about beginning their college application process. Add to this rigorous schedule a selection of extracurricular activities, a social life, and family time, and stress is almost guaranteed. Encourage your student to find balance. Be understanding and supportive of their concerns. Teach them to manage their time. Assure them that this will be the most difficult year of high school, and that it will prepare them for the challenges of a university education. If the stress seems to reach unhealthy levels, please call me and/or encourage your student to talk to me.
Visit the Cambridge International Examinations website for a wealth of information about the Cambridge Exams: http://www.cie.org.uk/profiles/parents
The Cambridge Students website may also be helpful for you and your student as you learn about the Cambridge Curriculum: http://www.cambridgestudents.org.uk/
About Ms. Yap
This is my 1st year teaching at ASU Preparatory Academy and my 5th year teaching in total. In last four years teaching at Westview High School in Avondale, I had the privilege of teaching many levels of English courses, working with students with basic reading needs up to Advanced Placement. My favorite part of teaching is encouraging students to be deeply thoughtful readers and writers in school and in life and helping them to apply those skills to their future life goals and aspirations.
If you ever have questions or concerns about your student or this class, please do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me.
I can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 602-523-5966.
Also please visit our course website at the following address: http://ayapasuprep.weebly.com/
There you will find a week-by-week schedule for our course, important documents and links, and a contact form for communicating with me.