Learn English with Simply Online
The Simply Online English programme is an integrated basic literacy programme that includes both English grammar and reading. It has individual lessons that focus on: reading comprehension (literal), phonics, spelling, vocabulary development, punctuation, parts of speech, sentence construction, word usage, common errors, figurative language and writing skills.
It is not to be confused with English Literature, which is something quite different as this refers to ‘the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day.’ In layman’s terms, our programme does not touch on the reading and review of novels, plays and poetry.
The Simply Online English programme focuses on those core skills required by all students to learn to read and write English fully, correctly and with style.
The programme is structured to cater for students from the early primary years through to secondary students and adult learners. The lessons have been carefully graded to match students’ capabilities and interests. Within the programme there is significant revision of the more formal grammatical elements so that students can revise and practise their skills.
The programme encourages participation without the danger of exposing students to the stress involved in performing (reading) for others. The more formal Grammar lessons provide instruction in the areas of literacy and language. These lessons fulfill the requirements for the National Curriculum.
The English programme covers the following key components of written English:
Students will develop their literal reading comprehension skills by reading, listening to, and interacting with a variety of text types.
Students increase and use new words and learn how to identify and use figurative language.
This often least-liked topic can make the world of difference to the meaning of a sentence or passage. Students will cover all aspects of punctuation from full stops to the dreaded correct use of the apostrophe.
Parts of speech
Students learn to identify and use various parts of speech from the basic nouns, verbs and adjectives, to the more complex form of pronouns and gerunds.
Students learn various techniques to improve their spelling, from spelling lists to distinguishing short and long vowel sounds, prefixes and plurals.
Students will learn to use words correctly and structure their sentences correctly. This includes being able to identify and use comparative and superlative adjectives, the correct tense of verbs: past, present and future, the case of nouns, pronouns and adjectives and eliminate some common errors in spelling and punctuation.
Improved Writing Skills
Students will learn how to improve their writing skills by being able to identify and use phrases including adjectival and adverbial phrases, construct expressive sentences by using adjectives, adverbs, phrases and clauses, identify and use active and passive voice, and recognise the elements needed in writing different types of essays.
Full Topic List for Grammar
This is a summary of the topics covered within the Grammar programme, but it is not a list of lessons, as there are over 2,000 lessons in total.
Many of the English lessons, although not all, have a Practice option which provides the student and parent with the opportunity to ‘try out the lesson’ – to make sure that this is indeed the right lesson to be working on.
A large part of the Simply Online programme is focused on providing the student with a sense of empowerment over their teaching and learning. For the student to feel in control is an important factor in building confidence, not something that all children feel in the classroom.
Practice will expose the student to a range of questions and problems, that they are likely to encounter in the main lesson itself. It’s a great way to assess your child’s current level of knowledge on the selected lesson.
During the Practice, students can choose to have every single question read out to them, which can ease the burden on some students, who struggle with reading and find it tiresome.
Additionally, because this is about assessing and providing confidence, all students will have the opportunity to have a second attempt at each question (in case a simple mistake is made).
Students can also skip any questions they may already know.
The Practice also settles the student before attempting the main lesson and has them focused on the task at hand.
This 5 minute settling time is particularly useful after a long day at school, or after any long activity.
A picture tells a thousand words…
Our Teacher Tutorials are the one-on-one teaching moment of the lesson.
These supporting videos developed by qualified and experienced teachers allow your child to watch and learn about the current topic they are attempting… just like they would in the classroom.
Once again, empowering you and your child with control over their teaching and learning is so important. Your child has total control over the teacher tutorial, they can replay or skip to any section as many times as they deem necessary to understand the learning process for the current lesson.
If your child ever gets stuck on something in the lesson, or with anything at school or with homework, as a parent you may, or may not, be able to provide the clarification or answer they need – it may be they won’t even come and ask for your help, because at some point you may have said “maths isn’t my strong point”.
With Simply Online they can easily ‘unstick’ themselves by watching the teacher tutorials, and continue with their progress.
It is the access to these teacher tutorials that makes students all over the world refer to Simply Online as “my secret weapon”, because they can have anything learned at school reinforced and re-explained at home at the push of a button.