English classes in Pretoria

English tutoring in 2021

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!

Thank you for considering English classes with me in 2021! I know for many 2020 was a difficult year, and I am especially proud of those students who had to write exams in the midst of the disruption, uncertainty and fear. You displayed remarkable courage and wisdom in focussing your minds nonetheless on your studies, and making it through the exams. I am sure we are all hoping for a much less stressful 2021!

Timetable and classes available

The following is my timetable for English classes in 2021:

Monday
 08:00 - 09:30  1.5 hours Online Grade 9 class*** Online
10:00 - 11:30 1.5 hours IG Year 1 (IG 2022) Class A Midstream
12:00 - 13:30 1.5 hours Grade 7 class* Midstream
Tuesday
08:30 - 10:00 1.5 hours IG Year 1 (IG 2022) Class B Moreleta Park
10:00 - 12:00 2 hours AS Year 1 (AS 2022) Moreleta Park
12:00 - 13:30 1.5 hours Pre-IG (IG 2023) Moreleta Park
14:30 – 16:00 1.5 hours IG Year 2 (IG 2021) Class A Moreleta Park
Wednesday
08:30 - 10:00 1.5 hours IG Year 2 (IG 2021) Class B  Moreleta Park
10:00 - 11:30 1.5 hours IG Year 2 (IG 2021) Class C  Moreleta Park 
11:30 - 13:00 1.5 hours AS Year 2 (AS 2021)  Moreleta Park 
Thursday
07:30 - 09:30 2 hours A Level Language & Literature*** Rietfontein
09:30 - 11:00 1.5 hours IG Year 2 (IG 2021) Class D Rietfontein 
11:00 - 12:00 1 hour Individual class** Rietfontein 
12:00 - 13:00 1 hour Individual class** Rietfontein
13:00 - 14:00 1 hour Individual class** Rietfontein
15:00 - 16:00 1 hour Individual class** Rietfontein

*   class to be confirmed
** space provisionally booked already

*** class closed; no new registrations will be accepted to these classes

What will be covered in each class?

The ultimate aim of our courses is to prepare students for their IG and AS First Language English exams. The inclusion of the Pre-IG and IG Year 1 courses allows a student to start preparing for the IG exam one or two years before they intent to write it. Similarly, a two-year AS course allows a student to build a broad foundation before focussing their attention on the requirements of the AS syllabus in their second year. It is, however, possible for a student to join a class to write IG or AS in one year. Below is a short summary of what is covered in each class:

ClassContent
Grade 6/7/8/9 For students who are still younger, or who do not yet want to focus their attention on the IG syllabus, a junior high school curriculum is offered making use of the Bob Jones University Press books - including grammar, literature and vocabulary. This gives the students wide exposure to different writers and different genres, as well as beginning to teach them critical reading skills which will be of great value in IG and AS exams later on.
Pre-IG (IG 2023)  In this course, all the main components of the IG syllabus are covered in broad overview; because students still have three years before their IG exam, we have time in this course to explore more broadly beyond the bounds of the IG syllabus, building a better foundation from which to start narrowing the focus in subsequent years. An in-depth narrative writing study and learning the fundamentals of a basic research paper are added to this course to help expand students' knowledge and background. A literature component, which is not part of the final IG course, is also completed, in order to help students form the skills of reading analytically and understanding how language works - both key skills which need to have already been developed to a high degree by the time a student enters his or her IG year. Since the IG exam requires grammar to be accurate, a grammar component is also added, to give the student the theoretical knowledge needed to be able to check his or her own grammar. The structure of the course will consist of weekly lessons, in which we discuss homework activities and cover coursework. There will be an assignment once a month which will be marked in depth, while weekly homework will be covered in class.
IG Year 1 (IG 2022) This course builds on what was covered in Pre-IG, but begins to focus more attention on the core objectives from the IG syllabus. Attention is focussed on understanding writer's use of language, reading analytically for directed writing, summary and comprehension questions, and on utilizing an understanding of narrative writing to write the shorter narrative questions required in IG. As with Pre-IG, a literature component is added where students are given exposure to different writing styles, authors, genres and kinds of writing, enabling them to become more perceptive readers. Once again, grammar is also covered. The structure of the course will consist of weekly lessons, in which we discuss homework activities and cover coursework. There will be an assignment once a month which will be marked in depth, while weekly homework will be covered in class.
IG Year 2 (IG 2021) Since this is the exam year, the focus in this course is on meeting the objectives tested in the IG exam: namely, reading comprehension, summary writing, understanding language effects, directed writing and imaginative writing. A 6 - 8 week past paper course is then completed prior to writing the exam. A grammar component is maintained through the year, in order to consolidate the grammar knowledge already gained in previous years, and to give students the confidence to be able to double check their grammar in an exam. An extra literature component, which is not examined, is also added, since the key skill required at IG is an ability to read sensitively and with keen perception, which are gained by exposure to a wide range of different texts and genres. The class structure for this course will consist of watching several videos during the course of the week, through which the main content of the course will be delivered; class time will then be focussed on giving feedback for homework exercises, and answering questions which students have about the content. This will maximise the class time for interactive sessions and giving the students a chance to discuss their own work and thinking.
AS Year 1 (AS 2022) As with IG, the year before a student writes AS is valuable time to lay a foundation which extends beyond the range of the syllabus itself. Because the AS exam rubric expects a much higher level of maturity from students than IG, the AS Year 1 course is developed with the aim in mind of helping students to clarify their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to read critically and appreciatively. The course consists of developing key skills for the AS exam, including writing analyses and reflective commentaries, as well as understanding how to write for different audiences and imaginative writing. The examiners' general comments in examiners' reports on AS exams focus on the need for reading extensively and widely in preparation for the AS exam; consequently, the AS Year 1 course features a reading component which consists of both literature and general reading (newspapers, magazines, blogs, reviews, commentaries, travel writing etc.). A grammar component is maintained still, since final consolidation and understanding of complex grammar is important for achieving good marks in AS, since once again the AS exam has a much higher standard of grammar, punctuation and spelling than the IG. The structure of the course will consist of weekly lessons, in which we discuss homework activities and cover coursework. There will be an assignment once a month which will be marked in depth, while weekly homework will be covered in class.
AS Year 2 (AS 2021) This course focuses on going through and mastering each component of the exam, before beginning a past-paper course in the third term. Students will focus on how to understand and analyse a writer's language, writing a reflective commentary on their own writing, writing for a variety of different audiences and descriptive writing. A reading course similar to that offered in AS Year 1, consisting of both literature and wide general reading, is also included. There is no grammar component, as students' grammar should be well consolidated by this year, and they will need to focus their attention more on the reading and analysis. The class structure for this course will consist of watching several videos during the course of the week, through which the main content of the course will be delivered; class time will then be focussed on giving feedback for homework exercises, and answering questions which students have about the content. This will maximise the class time for interactive sessions and giving the students a chance to discuss their own work and thinking.

Entrance assessment

Students who are registering for the first time in 2021, and who wish to write either IG or AS during the course of 2021, must complete an entrance assessment. This will enable me to see where their work is, and where I will need to help them. If a student's work is not at the desired standard, I may recommend registering for an earlier course.

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:

The entrance assessment only applies to students who wish to write in 2021, and who have not been registered with me for classes previously.

Fees and fee structure

My hourly rate for 2021 will be R180 for classes and R220 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 (38 lessons) Fee per month
Grade 9 class 08:00 - 09:30 R10, 260 R855
IG2022 A (Midstream) 10:00 - 11:30 R10, 260 R855
Grade 7 class 12:00 - 13:30 R10, 260 R855
Tuesday
Class Weekly lesson time Fee for year (38 lessons) Fee per month
IG2022 B (Moreleta Park) 08:30 - 10:00 R10, 260 R855
AS 2022 10:00 - 12:00 R13, 680 R1, 140
Pre-IG (IG 2023) 12:00 - 13:30 R10, 260 R855
IG 2021 A 14:30 - 16:00 R10, 260 R855
Wednesday
Class Weekly lesson time Fee for year (38 lessons) Fee per month
IG 2021 B 08:30 - 10:00 R10, 260 R855
IG 2021 C 10:00 - 11:30 R10, 260 R855
AS 2021 11:30 - 13:00 R10, 260 R855
Thursday
Class Weekly lesson time Fee for year (38 lessons) Fee per month
A Level Language & Literature 07:30 - 09:30 R13, 680 R1, 140
IG 2021 D 09:30 - 11:00 R10, 260 R855
Individual lessons (to May)   R3, 080 R770
Individual lessons (to Oct/Nov)   R8, 360 R697

Fees includes lesson time, marking, preparation and my travel costs.

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 (which will be emailed to you along with confirmation of registration)

Bank details:

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

Terms

These will be the terms for 2021

 TermStartEnd
Term 1 Monday 11 January Friday 26 March
School holidays: 26 March – 11 April
 Term 2 Monday 12 April Friday 11 June
School holidays: 11 June – 12 July
Term 3 Monday 12 July Friday 17 September
School holidays from 17 September - 3 October*
Term 4 Monday 4 October Friday 26 November

* exam classes (all IG 2021 and AS 2021 classes) will work through either one or both weeks of the September holidays, depending on how prepared students are; the exams are usually early in October, so it can sometimes be detrimental to lose momentum right before exams start; however, I will monitor the students, and if I feel they would benefit more from a rest, I will let parents know.

Books

Below is the list of books required for each class:

Grade 6 Bob Jones

Book detailsObtainable from
English 6: Writing and grammar (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-230-2
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
or by ordering directly through me
Spelling 6 (Student worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-62856-878-3
Reading 6: As full as the world (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-060-5

Grade 7 Bob Jones

 Book detailsObtainable from
Writing & Grammar 7 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-179-4
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
or by ordering directly through me
Explorations in literature (Student text)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-62856-442-6
Vocabulary Level A (Student worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-59166-763-6

Pre-IG (IG 2023)

 Book detailsObtainable from
Reading & Writing Pre-IG Level
I compile and print this book myself, so will distribute directly to students
directly through me; price to be confirmed
Writing & Grammar 8 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-180-0
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
or by ordering directly through me
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, Takealot or Loot.

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

IG Year 1 (IG 2022)

 Book detailsObtainable  from
IG Year 1 Coursebook
I compile and print this book myself, so will distribute directly to students
directly through me; price to be confirmed
Writing & Grammar 9 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-60682-239-5
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
or by ordering directly through me
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, Takealot or Loot.

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

IG Year 2 (IG 2021)

 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 Takealot; please note that this is the Hodder Education textbook
Writing & Grammar 10 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-62856-886-8
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
or by ordering directly through me
The following literature books:
The book thief by Markus Zusak
Elements of literature
Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 978-1-62856-565-2
The book thief is available at most bookstores;
Elements of literature can be ordered directly through me; I am able to order either new or second-hand books (the second-hand books range from $13 - $22 and may contain markings and general wear and tear; new books are $62.78; shipping will be added to all books)

AS Year 1 (AS 2022)

Book detailsObtainable from
AS English First Year Coursebook
I compile and print this book myself, so will distribute directly to students
directly through me; price to be confirmed
Writing & Grammar 11 (Student Worktext)
Bob Jones University Press.
ISBN 978-1-57924-801-7
Christian Liberty Books (Cape Town)
or by ordering directly through me
AS Supplementary Reader
I compile and print this book myself, so will distribute directly to students
directly through me; price to be confirmed
Leading Questions
Nelson Thornes
ISBN 978-0-17-432337-3
second-hand copies of this book can be loaned from me for the duration of the year; new copies are available on Loot
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, Takealot or Loot.

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

 AS Year 2 (AS 2021)

 Book detailsObtainable from
Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language (2nd edition)
by Mike Gould and Marilyn Rankin.
Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 978-1-108-45582-4
Cambridge University Press ()
Loot
please be sure to get the second edition, as it is expanded to include the 2021 syllabus changes
Leading Questions
Nelson Thornes
ISBN 978-0-17-432337-3
second-hand copies of this book can be loaned from me for the duration of the year; new copies are available on Loot
AS Supplementary Reader
I compile and print this book myself, so will distribute directly to students
directly through me; price to be confirmed
The following literature books:
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. 

A Level Literature in English

 Book detailsObtainable from
Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language (2nd edition)
by Mike Gould and Marilyn Rankin.
Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 978-1-108-45582-4
Cambridge University Press ()
Loot
please be sure to get the second edition, as it is expanded to include the 2021 syllabus changes
The English Language
by Charles Barber, Joan Beal and Philip Shaw
ISBN 978-1-107-69393-7
Loot, Cambridge University Press ()
local bookstores such as Van Schaik or Protea
Literary Theory: the basics
by Hans Bertens
published by Routledge
ISBN 978-0-415-53807-7
Loot
local bookstores such as Van Schaik or Protea
Narrative Fiction
by Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan
published by Routledge
ISBN 9-780415-280228
local bookstores, either Van Schaik or Protea; or copies can be ordered internationally through me
Literature choices will be discussed with students individually.  

Orders done through me

I am able to order books from the US and ship them to South Africa. I will make three international orders, one by the 20th November, one by the 20th December and one in early January. Shipping can take between two and four weeks, depending on internal US shipment.
If you would like to order books through me, please complete this form and send it to , along with proof of payment for your order, by the date you wish to order on. Payment for international shipping must be made to my personal account (details below), not to the Imago account to which fees are paid. Payment for international orders must be received before the order is made. Below is a price list for all books listed here (prices include the cost of the book, plus shipping and tax).

Bob Jones Grade 6 Books
English 6  R722
Reading 6 R1, 311.28
Spelling 6 R659
Bob Jones Grade 7 Books
Writing & Grammar 7 R765.32
Vocabulary Level A R446.85
Explorations in Literature R1, 311.28
Bob Jones books required for IG and AS courses
Writing & Grammar 8 R765.32
Writing & Grammar 9 R765.32
Writing & Grammar 10 R765.32
Writing & Grammar 11 R765.32
Other international orders
BJU Elements of literature new R1, 311.28
BJU Elements of literature second-hand $13 copies (3 available) R410.17
BJU Elements of literature second-hand $20 copies (6 available) R534.75
BJU Elements of literature second-hand $29 copies (5 available) R695.79
BJU Elements of literature second-hand $43 copy (1 available) R946.51
Narrative Fiction by Rimmon-Kenan R155.44

Payment details for international shipping:

First National Bank, Cheque account
Account name: MISS CK BUTTON
Account number: 62791988606
Branch code: 250 655

Payment reference: [Student's Initials and surname]BOOKS
e.g. if Joe Soap purchases books, the reference should be:
SoapJBOOKS

Booksellers’ details

Cambridge University Press:

Website: www.cup.co.za

Email:

Bob Jones University Press:

If you wish to purchase Bob Jones material yourself, these books 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.

Stationery required

Students can choose whether to do their work in an exercise book or on separate paper kept in a file. All marked assignments must be done on separate, loose paper so that I can mark these at home. Students should keep some sort of filing system in which they can store reference notes and important information for later revision, especially in AS classes.

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.

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 a new year with you!

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