Dr. Joe's English Writing Classes FAQ
首席教官Dr. Joe是美国Ph.D.in Communication (Speech and Mass Communication)，多年在美国大学教授大学生讲演与写作。
我们独特有效的英语写作课从词汇、造句、段落构造、篇章设计，到写作风格与创意，到语法、英文传统习惯及新趋势（包括写作与引述格式），到文学及写作历史、名家介绍，到学生作文评讲，再到精品与经典作品赏析、模仿和借鉴， 涉及informative, persuasive, entertaining (narrative, persuasive, expository, descriptive) 等写作类型的系统练习，完美结合老师原创的写作与沟通教育理论。 我们的写作课是最有成效、最根本性地解决学生不知道怎么写好文章的问题，使得我们的学生经过系统完整的训练，成为高(整体写作水平高),宽(知识面宽),厚(文化素养功底厚),精(精于个性化的写作风格),快(在有限的时间内快速完成合格作文),准(根据要求写出有着激光制导炸弹般准确定位的好文)多能一体、妙笔生花的写作好手, 养成Critical Reading and Critical Writing的良好思维、阅读、写作习惯，并在Public Speaking和Debating等对于学习和工作至关重要的技能方面出类拔萃。
Parent: My kid has English class at school. Why do they need after-school writing training?
If they need after-school math training to be a strong math problem solver, they certainly need after-school writing class to be an outstanding writer. Swimming a few rounds in the school pool can’t replace the systematic swimming club training. Even if you have the English class at school, its intensity of teaching-learning is far from enough for the student to deal with university/college/high school application and the standardized tests like SAT and ACT.
Parent: My kid doesn't show much interest in writing. How can I make him to learn?
Most students don’t show interest in writing simply because they don’t have fun in it. In Dr. Joe’s writing classes, on the other hand, they enjoy the class exercises and interactive activities, like author guess, in-class quiz, sentence exercise, short paragraph exercise, and story scene discussion. Each and every single student in a class is fully engaged in knowledge and skills charged learning process. In fact before they realize it, the class time is already up. Therefore our fellows don’t feel bored in the class. Instead, they can’t wait for the next meeting which comes in a week. So the answer to this question is: “Entrust your kids to the professional hands.”
Student: I want to study computer science in the future. Do I still need to train in writing class?
You certainly do! I doubt you just want to work as a low-ranking code writer being bossed around by other people called managers who know how to write and talk well. Communication matters!
Student: My brother is a high-schooler, and I'm in grade 5. Can't my brother teach me writing?
Yes and No. Yes, he can teach you to write some sentences and paragraphs whose strength and correctness he is not sure about. No, if your elder brother also trains with the same piano teacher as you do, why don’t you simply ask your elder brother to teach you playing piano? The logic is the same and clear.
Student: Why do I need to do so many in-class writing exercises and after-class writing assignments?
Do you know anything about drawing/painting classes? If so, writing and painting are not different in terms of training methodology. A lot of intensive in-class writing exercises are just like drawing/painting still life in a visual art class. The major writing homework is just the same as a big painting project. They need practice and practice and practice to make perfection.
Student: What is the best way to improve my writing skills on a stable basis?
Stable improvement warrants stable exercises. Simple as that! You can’t expect your school teacher to help you achieve that because they are too few and too busy and they work too limited hours at school with you. In simple words, they don’t have enough time and attention for your, not to mention many of them have only so-so knowledge and expertise in writing education.
Student: How do I connect reading to my writing?
Use the words, phrases, idioms, styles, ideas, plots, designs, and storylines you have learned from the reading materials to your essays, stories, and other writings.
My second daughter, who will be in 7th grade in coming fall, is also interested in 7/8 grade class. Is it too late for her to join for this session? When do you plan to start a new session?
Our age-specific classes go on a rolling basis, which means the students can join the class anytime and will never be late. When they get older, they can move up to the higher level. However, if they don't feel comfortable, they can stay at the same level until they are ready for going up.
After listening to the class yesterday, my older daughter (rising 9th grader) is definitely interested in the high school writing class but her question to Dr. Joe is that if students will have a chance to answer questions before they see Dr. Joe's notes on his slides. Her thinking is that students (or at least her) can learn better when they are given the time to think and come up with their own answers (right or wrong). Thanks again.
Yes, Dr. Joe will first assign the reading materials (which are also related to the writing topic) so the students get familiar with them and bring their own answers and question marks to the next class, where Dr. Joe will test the students' understanding by some quizzes or other questions before leading the discussion using Dr. Joe's Notes.
Can 11th grader still learn to write well?