English classes in Pretoria

English tutoring in 2020

These classes are taught by Chiara Button.

The online registration form is here, but please do read this article before registering. It gives you a lot of important information!

2020 will mark my seventh year nurturing students through their Cambridge English IG and AS Level exams.It has been a privilege and a joy to watch so many students grow and flourish over the course of their school career. Each year I look forward to meeting a new crowd of students, and am honoured by the opportunity I have to share with each of them from my own experience. I look forward to learning and growing together again in 2020.

Timetable and classes available

I will be offering the following classes in 2020:

Monday
    Individual classes available**  
Tuesday
08:00 – 09:00 1 hour  Grade 4 Class** Midstream
09:00 – 10:30 1.5 hours  Grade 8 Class* Midstream
10:45 – 12:45 2 hours  Pre-IG (IG 2022) Class Midstream
14:00 – 16:00 2 hours  AS Year 2 (AS 2020) Class Equestria
Wednesday
08:30 – 10:00 1.5 hours IG Year 1 (IG 2021)   Moreleta Park
10:00 – 12:00 2 hours IG Year 2 (IG 2020) Class A   Moreleta Park 
12:30 – 14:30 2 hours IG Year 2 (IG 2020) Class B*   Moreleta Park 
14:30 – 16:30 2 hours AS Year 1 (AS 2021) Class   Moreleta Park 
Thursday
08:30 – 10:30 2 hours IG Year 2 (IG 2020) Class Rietfontein Rietfontein
11:30 – 13:00 1.5 hours Pre-IG (IG 2022) Class Rietfontein Rietfontein 
14:00 – 15:30 1.5 hours AS/A Level Literature in English** Rietfontein 

*    limited space available
** Closed class/entrance by pre-arrangement only

Choosing a class

The following is a rough guide to which class will be suitable for your child:

AgeClass
Turning 13 – 14  Grade 8
Turning 14  Pre-IG (IG 2022)
Turning 15  IG Year 1 (IG 2021)
Turning 16 – 17   IG Year 2 (IG2020)
Turning 17 AS year 1 (AS 2021)
Turning 18 AS Year 2 (AS 2020)

Policies related to registering for a class to write in 2020

From 2020 onwards, in light of past experience, I am putting certain policies in place with regard to classes which are preparing to write in 2020. This includes the AS 2020 Class and all the IG 2020 classes.

Students who wish to join the IG Year 2020 class must be turning 16 or 17 in 2020. The IG exam is roughly equivalent to Grade 11, and in the UK students typically write it at 16, once they have completed “Year 10”. Since the exam is the equivalent of a Grade 11 exam, it is designed with the expectation that students have acquired a wide knowledge in a variety of fields, as well as that they have attained a certain level of personal maturity and some ability in abstract reasoning. While it may be possible for younger children to write the IG exam, they will tend to do so more mechanically than students in the correct age category. My aim in helping students is not merely to ensure that they pass the exam, but rather that they develop a deep and fundamental understanding of language and how it works; therefore I am introducing this policy to give students the best possible opportunity to do well and to enjoy their IG experience, using it as a foundation for their AS Level.

The second policy which will be in place for 2020 registrations is that of an entrance assessment. All students who are registering with me for the first time in 2020 and wish to enter for an exam class (IG 2020 or AS 2020) will be required to submit an entrance assignment. Both the IG and AS entrance assignments are available on this website. Entrance assignments should be submitted to by the 16th November 2019. Based on these, I will be able to advise students whether they will be able to write the exam by the end of 2020.

Finally, as regards May/June 2020 exams sessions, I will not be accepting students who wish to write in May/June 2020 unless they have been registered with me in 2019. The May/June exam session is very early in the year, generally about 13 weeks from term starting in January, and it has proved very difficult to prepare a student to do well in the exam in such a short period of time.

Fees and fee structure

My hourly rate for 2020 will be R180 for classes and R200 for private lessons.

The fees structure takes the total amount payable in a year and divides it over 12 months, as follows:

[Lesson price] x [number of lessons] ÷ 12 months = [monthly rate]

The fees per class will thus be as follows:

Monday
Class Weekly lesson time Fee for year (37 lessons) Fee per month
Individual 1 hr lessons 1 hour R7,400 R617
Individual 1.5 hr lessons 1.5 hours R11,100 R925
Tuesday
Class Weekly lesson time Fee for year (39 lessons) Fee per month
Grade 4 Class 1 hour R7,020 R585
Grade 8 Class 1.5 hours R10,530 R876
Pre-IG (IG 2022) Class 2 hours R14,040 R1,170
AS Year 2 (AS 2020) Class 2 hours R14,040 R1,170
Individual 1 hr lessons 1 hour R7,800 R650
Individual 1.5 hr lessons 1.5 hours R11,700 R975
Wednesday
Class Weekly lesson time Fee for year (39 lessons) Fee per month
IG Year 1 (IG 2021) 1.5 hours R10,530 R876
IG Year 2 (IG 2020) Class A  2 hours R14,040 R1,170
IG Year 2 (IG 2020) Class B* 2 hours R14,040 R1,170
AS Year 1 (AS 2021) Class 2 hours R14,040 R1,170
Individual 1 hr lessons 1 hour R7,800 R650
Individual 1.5 hr lessons 1.5 hours R11,700 R975
Thursday
Class Weekly lesson time Fee for year (39 lessons) Fee per month
IG Year 2 (IG 2020) Class 2 hours R14,040 R1,170
Pre-IG (IG 2022) Class 1.5 hours R10,530 R876
AS/A Level Literature in English 1.5 hours R11,700 R975
Individual 1 hr lessons 1 hour R7,800 R650
Individual 1.5 hr lessons 1.5 hours R11,700 R975

The discrepancy in the number of lessons is due to the public holidays on the 13 and 27 March and the 10 August.

Please note that fees covers not only lessons, but also printing costs, petrol and preparation and marking time.

There will be a sibling discount of 10% applied to the highest fee among the siblings.

Fees are payable from January – December, on or before the 7th of the month. Fees can be transferred via EFT to Imago Education. Once you send in your registration form, you will receive a confirmation of registration letter, which will include your personal payment reference. Please ensure that all payments made have your personal reference.

Bank details:

First National Bank, Cheque account
Account name: Imago Education
Account number: 6270 8573 581
Branch code: 250 655

Terms

I will be away on a research trip until late January 2020, and thus classes will start on the 27th January and finish on the 30th of November. For the rest of the terms, I will adhere to the government school terms, although I will start all four terms on the Monday of the week.

These will be the terms next year:

 TermStartEnd
Term 1 Monday 27 January 2020 Thursday 19 March 2020
School holidays: 21 – 29 March 2020
 Term 2 Monday 30 March 2020 Thursday 11 June 2020
School holidays: 13 June – 5 July 2020
Term 3 Monday 6 July 2020 Thursday 17 September 2020
School holidays from 19 – 27  September
(excepting exam classes, who will continue through the September holidays)
Term 4 Monday 28 September 2020 Monday 30 November 2020

Books

Here are the books required for each class.

Grade 4

Book detailsObtainable from
English 4: Writing and grammar (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-59166-916-6
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
Spelling 4 (Student worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-62856-566-9
Reading 4: Voyages (Student text)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-62856-075-6

Grade 8

 Book detailsObtainable from
Writing & Grammar 8 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-180-0
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
Excursions in literature (Student text)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-969-1
Vocabulary Level B (Student worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-59166-765-0

Pre-IG (all classes)

 Book detailsObtainable from
Reading & Writing Pre-IG Level I compile and print this book myself, so I will distribute it to the students during the course of the first term. Price will be confirmed.
Writing & Grammar 8 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-180-0
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
The following literature books:
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Much ado about nothing by William Shakespeare
To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Wednesday Wars is only available via Kindle or Takealot.

The other three should be available on Kindle and at most major bookstores or second-hand stores. 

 IG 2021 (all classes)

 Book detailsObtainable  from
Cambridge IG First Language English Workbook
by Marian Cox
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9781107695771
Cambridge University Press
(Be sure to order the workbook, not the coursebook)
Writing & Grammar 9 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-239-5
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
The following literature books:
Okay for now by Gary D. Schmidt
Richard III by William Shakespeare
The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne
A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens
Okay for now is only available via Kindle or Takealot.

The other three books should be available on Kindle and at most major bookstores or second-hand stores

 IG 2020 (all classes)

 Book detailsObtainable from
Cambridge IG First Language English 4th edition
by John Reynolds
Hodder Education
ISBN 978-1-5104-2131-8
This book is available on Loot.co.za.
The following literature books:
The light between oceans by M.L. Steadman
The book thief by Markus Zusak
Kindle or most other bookstores or second-hand stores.

 IG2020 Thursday class

 Book detailsObtainable from
Writing and Grammar 9 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-239-5
 Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)

 IG 2020 Wednesday classes

 Book detailsObtainable from
Writing & Grammar 10 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press.
ISBN 978-1-60682-805-2
 Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)

AS 2021 (all classes)

Book detailsObtainable from
English Language for Cambridge International AS & A Level
by Julian Pattison and Duncan Williams
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198300120
Oxford University Press
Loot.co.za
Writing & Grammar 10 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press.
ISBN 978-1-60682-805-2
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
AS Supplementary Resources I compile and print this book myself, so I will distribute it to the students during the course of the first term. Price will be confirmed.
The following literature books:
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
Howards End by E.M. Forster
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Orbiting Jupiter is only available via Kindle or Takealot.

The other three books should be available on Kindle and at most bookstores or second-hand stores

 AS 2020 (all classes)

 Book detailsObtainable from
Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language
by Mike Gould and Marilyn Rankin.
Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 9781107662278
Cambridge University Press (Cape Town)
Writing & Grammar 11 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-62856-438-9
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
 AS supplementary resources I compile and print this book myself, so I will distribute it to the students during the course of the first term. Price will be confirmed.
The following literature books:
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom Stoppard
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
These should all be readily available at most bookstores or second-hand stores. 

 AS/A Level Literature in English

 Book detailsObtainable from
Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language
by Mike Gould and Marilyn Rankin.
Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 9781107662278
Cambridge University Press (Cape Town)
 AS supplementary resources I compile and print this book myself, so I will distribute it to the students during the course of the first term. Price will be confirmed.
Writing & Grammar 10 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press.
ISBN 978-1-60682-805-2
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
Literature choices will be discussed with students individually.  

Booksellers’ details

Cambridge University Press:

Website: www.cup.co.za

Email:

Bob Jones University Press:

All Bob Jones material can be bought from Christian Liberty Books in Cape Town. The best would be to email Nick, at the address below, and he will give advice on the ordering process and availability.

Email:

Please note that you should place orders with Christian Liberty as soon as possible.

Oxford University Press:

Website: oxford.co.za

Tel: +27 21 596 2300

Stationery required

Students should have a file in which they keep their work. I will need to take students’ work home with me each week to mark, so work should be done on loose, lined paper. Files should be divided and kept organised.

Registration

If you would like to register your child for one of the classes listed above, please register online here. Confirmation of registration will be sent to you before the end of the year, along with your personal payment reference.

If you are registering with me for the first time, and wish to register for an exam class (an IG or AS class writing in 2020), please submit the entrance assessment to my email address (), and register once you have received feedback from me. You can download the assessments from here:

Once your registration is submitted, I will email a confirmation letter for each student, with their payment reference and the exact address for their class.

Thank you for your interest in English classes with me. I'm looking forward to what we will discover together in the coming year!

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