Level 8-APL Reading/Writing

duration: 4 weeks
price: free
Academic English

About this Course

Level 8 focuses on basic English literacy skills for high-intermediate English learners. Topics covered include reading extended pieces of literature and critical analysis. Level 9 focuses on basic English literacy skills for advanced English learners. APL Module 1 focuses on advanced English skills for advanced English learners.

For the course syllabus, student forms, and policies, please refer to Student Resources on the TLC website.

Level 8

Course Objectives

  • 8.RW.1 Respond to analysis questions on academic sources.
  • 8.RW.2 Produce non-formulaic thesis statements appropriate to specific academic tasks.
  • 8.RW.3 Produce a 3 to 4-page analysis paper over an extended piece of work (novel, biography, collection of
  • articles, professional journal, short stories), with 2+ outside sources and proper citation.

Integrated Objectives

  • 8.LS.1 Associate causes and effects from a variety of sources.
  • 8.LS.2 Brainstorm solutions, classify information, and determine the accuracy of information collected from
  • sources.
  • 8.LS.3 Deliver a 5-minute planned presentation with electronic visuals and proper citations.
  • 8.LS.4 Deliver an impromptu presentation on class topics.
  • 8.G.1 Produce grammatically appropriate sentences with modals of ability, possibility, permission, requests,
  • necessity, prohibition, advisability, and expectations.
  • 8.G.2 Produce sentences with noun clauses.
  • 8.G.3 Produce sentences with quoted and reported speech.
  • 8.G.4 Identify and produce adverb clauses of cause, contrast, time, manner, concession, condition, purpose,
  • reason, and place. 

Level 9

Course Objectives

  • 9.RW.1 Produce plans for timely completion of an academic writing project.
  • 9.RW.2 Produce an in-depth academic or professional project with at least 3 outside sources (business proposal,
  • case study, research paper, etc.) that adheres to academic formatting guidelines.
  • 9.RW.3 Evaluate information as effective or ineffective by evaluating bias, tone, purpose, and quality of
  • research.

Integrated Objectives

  • 9.LS.1 Use quotations and reported speech to support oral arguments.
  • 9.LS.2 Deliver a 5 to 7-minute planned presentation with electronic visuals and proper citations.
  • 9.LS.3 Respond in complete sentences to impromptu open-ended questions about class topics.

  • 9.G.1 Produce grammatically appropriate sentences using all verbs covered in previous levels (present, past,
  • future, modals; active + passive).
  • 9.G.2 Produce sentences with accurate article usage.
  • 9.G.3 Produce sentences and respond to questions using true and untrue conditionals.
  • 9.G.4 Produce grammatically appropriate noun clauses, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses. 


Program Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Complete academic research on assigned or selected topics.
  • Identify the differences between essay/narrative writing styles.
  • Produce an extended piece of narrative writing.
  • Develop a strategic or action plan to complete the course requirements.
  • Develop and deliver a Power Point or Prezi on a thematic topic.


Students will receive regular homework assignments to reinforce skills learned in class. Students must complete homework on or before the date it is due. Homework is included in the final course grade.

Make-up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange with each instructor to make up work he/she might have missed. It may be necessary for the student to receive tutoring for additional help from an instructor with make-up work. TLC’s Make-up Policy may be found in Student Resources at

Academic Integrity

Cheating and plagiarism are strictly prohibited. TLC’s Academic Integrity Policy may be found in Student Resources


TLC considers every class to be important for a student’s academic progress. TLC’s Attendance Policy may be found inStudent Resources at

Level Advancement

To pass a level, students must achieve a 2.0 GPA or greater and meet the requirements of the attendance policy. Failure to do so will result in the student repeating the level.


Learning modules

  • Week 1
    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • HW: Read article/underline unknown vocab

    • Classwork

    • HW: defined 10 of 20 words

    • See Something Quiz

    • Classwork: Define remaing 10 of 20 vocab

  • Week 2
    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Vocab Quiz

    • Classwork: Discuss Article

    • Classwork: APL Teaching Bystander Effect

    • Classwork: Read Essay/Answer Questions

    • Hard to be a Hero Quiz w/Vocab

    • HW

  • Week 3
    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • HW: Thesis Work

    • Classwork: Summary of Article

    • L 8/9 Outline

    • APL Outline

    • Milgram's Experiment Quiz w/Vocab

    • Classwork: Discussion of celebrities and the justice system

    • L8 1st Completed Draft

    • HW: Read Article

    • L8 and 9 In-Class Writing

    • APL In-Class Writing

  • Week 4
    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Attendance

    • Classwork: L9 and APL

    • L9 First Draft Due

    • APL First Draft Due

    • L8 Final Draft

    • L9 Final Draft Out of Class Writing

    • APL Final Draft Out of Class Narrative Essay

    • L9 Article Summary Assignment

    • APL Article Summary Assignment

    • L8 LFE

    • L8 Classwork: NY Times Article Summary

About the Instructor

40 courses

241 students


Heather Marks



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