Students practice the various forms of writing that are expected at quality international schools and universities. Classes focus on structuring and writing narrative, expository, persuasive, and research essays, and students leave with a portfolio of work that will enhance their school applications. This course is limited to students who place in the highest EAL level or are native speakers.
Children will participate in a series of drama games focusing on collaboration and team building exercises as well as the ability to perform for their fellow peers. Drama Club will be designed for students interested in learning more about the aspects of theater. This includes learning stage terminology, working on acting skills, set building, and costumes/makeup design.
Be an actor from your home! Acting students will work as a class to develop a story, build homemade set pieces, organize lighting, create costumes, and perform a virtual class production led by Mr. Mai Rojas, a professional actor, director, and a professor of theatre. All you need is your smart device and endless creativity. Students will receive a digital copy of the class production to share with family and friends upon completion of the class.
Join in a fast-paced introduction to American football this summer! Besides drilling to learn the skills and positions necessary to play, students will take part in ongoing teamwork exercises and scrimmage one another in games.
We all experience architecture without even thinking about it. The space that surrounds us, our homes, our schools, and our cities are all shaped in some way by architectural design. Let’s challenge our ideas, explore, and design an inhabitable space through this hands-on online course that cultivates creativity, critical analysis, and ideas development. During this two-week course, students will be introduced to the qualities of architectural space, form, function, and materiality through drawing, experimentation, and specialist workshop demonstrations. Each student will have the chance to design their own liveable space using a range of techniques like sketching, collage, technical drawing, paper folding, and 3D modeling in a variety of media and scales.
This course introduces students to the disciplines of architecture and design. Classwork includes studying Classical to 19th-Century architecture, sketching from slides, and creating several models that are displayed during the Summer Arts Festival. A required weekend trip takes the class to Basel, Ronchamp, and Weil-am-Rhein to explore the renowned Vitra Museum. This course makes use of a purpose-built architecture studio on campus and is taught by Master Teacher Mark Aeschliman.
Through Art in English, young learners will explore the world around them to create landscape paintings from Britain and beyond by applying a variety of taught techniques. Students will explore informative Digital Art Museum collections and also look at specific paintings highlighted in exciting PowerPoint presentations. The course is taught with an emphasis on English language practice through art, vocabulary, and class collaboration to give students the opportunity and confidence to communicate through their work. Above all else, creativity is encouraged, and students will have many opportunities to share in the creativity of others as they study: clouds, hills and mountains, linear perspective, and shadow perspective.
Python 3 is one of the most used and powerful programming languages. It is an easy and user-friendly language to use to create apps, games, software, etc. This course introduces the basics of programming and Python, including variables, conditional execution, and iteration as control structures. The course has no prerequisites, so no prior programming knowledge or experience is needed, regardless of the student’s age. The students will attend small online lectures, participate in lots of hands-on exercises, and watch short videos about the history of computers, coding, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino. By the end of the course, students will have all the necessary skills to continue their programming journey using Python 3.
Get in shape fast with the renowned strength and conditioning program that consists of aerobic exercise, calisthenics, and weightlifting.
Digital Music is an introduction to the principles of songwriting, recording, and audio editing. Students will use a Digital Audio Workstation software which will give them access to a variety of pre-recorded sound loops, as well as the ability to create original ones. They will learn how a song is structured as well as the roles that different instruments play, and they will start creating compositions of their own with the help of sound effects and audio-editing tools.
An experienced photographer works with students who are looking to make every photograph a better one. The curriculum focuses on camera features, composition, lighting techniques, and image processing, and the class takes various trips to scenic locations around Ticino. Cameras are provided.
Take your photos to the next level! This course is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic properties of digital photography with an emphasis on using a digital camera as a tool for photographic self-expression. Students learn how to process their images with the tools offered in Adobe Creative Cloud, and trips around the region provide opportunities to practice shooting among some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in Europe
Students will work on their rhythm, learn about different forms of percussion, and learn to play percussion instruments while focusing on two styles. Students will be exposed to Samba with Samba percussion accompanied by ukuleles as well as African percussion with djembes. Previous experience not required.
Designed for advanced EAL students with a strong knowledge of the language, this course encourages young writers to express themselves in English. Students improve their writing through learning how to structure and write essays, short stories, and persuasive texts. They discuss what makes good creative writing and strengthen their comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Our EAL course is a truly immersive English language learning experience, as English is the language of instruction and communication program-wide.
Small class sizes and strategic grouping ensure differentiated lessons for our young learners. During morning class time, children learn new academic language and vocabulary, participate in group projects, and engage in field trips that give them the chance to use their language in the real world. In the afternoon, students participate in STEAM Hour with their EAL teacher.
The EAL course is designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced English language learners who wish to establish or develop their English speaking and listening skills.
MSP offers students the chance to improve their confidence and skills in English. The program language is English, so TASIS offers an immersive language experience for children. Our teachers make learning fun by providing interactive, challenging activities, and the MSP environment compels students to practice their English during sports, activities, meals, and excursions.
TSP English courses are structured to improve fluency and confidence in an immersive environment. Lessons are reinforced through daily interactions with friends and counselors.
English-as-an-Additional Language (EAL) is a two-week intensive online English course. It provides speakers of other languages a chance to further their English language skills, both written and spoken, through a range of interactive activities. A variety of resources, such as worksheets and language games, from the BBC Learning English, the British Council, and other EAL sources are utilized to equip learners with an improved knowledge of English grammar, sentence structure, paragraphing, and extended reading and writing skills. Learners are given home assignments in order to incorporate their learning and are also encouraged to read a part of a prescribed book daily. The overall objective of the course is to develop a practical language competence and to make learners confident in the use of English language.
Our ELA course is an in-depth study of the English language. During morning class time, students strengthen their English language skills through word study, reading fiction and non-fiction texts, participating in discussions, crafting a variety of writing pieces, and reinforcing their oral language skills by delivering presentations in front of their teachers and peers. In the afternoon, students participate in STEAM Hour with their ELA teacher.
The ELA course is designed for near-fluent or native English speakers who wish to strengthen their English reading and writing skills.
Do you dream of starting a successful business in the future? What are the secrets of successful entrepreneurs? In this two-week course, we will look at some of the most famous entrepreneurs in history to better understand the important skills, habits, and actions needed to be successful. You will also learn the fundamentals of good business, including strategy, marketing, management, and finances. Our study will culminate in a hands-on project where you will develop a unique concept and build your very own business proposal to "pitch" to investors (your classmates).
What we wear and why we wear it has been a subject of philosophical, historical, and artistic discussions. Through this one-week course, students will have the opportunity to study a brief history of costume and the changes that the 20th century brought to the fashion industry, as well as textile design techniques. By the end of this course, a combination of both theory and practice will lead the students to broaden their knowledge of fashion and to practice their artistic skills in design.
This is an introductory course for students interested in exploring the art of fashion. Students learn the process of creating fashion designs and textiles through fashion illustration, silk painting, block printing, and natural dyeing, and they also study branding, marketing, sustainability, color psychology, and trend anticipation. Class trips include visiting the Ratti Textile Museum in Como, touring the VF International European Headquarters, and taking a fashion industry tour of Milan.
This intensive drawing and painting course offers young artists the unique opportunity to learn and practice techniques taught in 19th-century French art academies. The classic approach allows students to enhance both their artistic skills and portfolios and is an excellent option for students preparing to enter art school or for those studying AP or IB Art. Applicants are required to submit a recommendation from an art teacher.
This course focuses on the reading, writing, and language skills that are relevant and aligned to future English and research courses. It prepares students for close and critical reading through the discussion of the use of language and the purpose of complex and informational texts. Students will react to and use them as textual evidence in different types of analytical writing to support their arguments.
Our French course introduces children to the languages and cultures of French-speaking countries. Learning continues outside the classroom, as students sit together at meals to gain additional speaking practice and attend weekly field trips together. During afternoon class time, students participate in STEAM Hour with their French teacher.
Students learn from native speakers who are dedicated to helping them gain confidence in their skills. Optional trips to the French-speaking part of Switzerland provide a chance to use the language in the real world.
Join a team in pickup games of football (soccer), basketball, and volleyball. While activity comes with the obvious benefits of physical fitness, students will develop in their abilities to be a good sport and work as a team while having fun!
This course provides a thorough foundation in plane Euclidean geometry with an emphasis on the formal nature of definition, the structure of knowledge, and inductive and deductive reasoning. An introduction to trigonometry through similar triangles and analytic geometry through the coordinate plane is included, along with a review of basic Algebra. A full year’s study of Geometry will be covered at an accelerated pace. This course is suitable for all students 14-17 years old, especially those who have completed Algebra I and aspire to enroll in Algebra 2 in the coming academic year. All students will have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive exam, and academic credit for the course will be granted to successful students. Course text: Geometry (pub. Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt). The course is aligned to the Common Core curriculum standards.
This camp will combine golf sessions with a qualified PGA golf professional alongside other fun activities to build skills while building community. Available to players with a range of abilities, this course will give students an opportunity to discover golf and improve their game.
Students will learn how to use the many features of the Texas Instruments graphics display calculator (GDC) to enhance their understanding of mathematics and improve their ability to respond to exam-style questions. They will learn how to use the GDC to graph functions and find their important features such as intercepts and turning points. They will also learn how the GDC can be used to perform statistical analysis of data sets.
This course is aimed at students who will be entering their second year of the IB Diploma Programme. It will revisit the common core topics on Algebra, Functions, Trigonometry and introduction to Differentiation covered in the first year of the IB Diploma Mathematics courses (AA and AI). It will reinforce skills necessary for both the Standard and the Higher-level students through practice work specially designed for each group. Consideration will be given to using the Graphics Display Calculator which is an integral tool for the IB Mathematics courses. Finally, some time will be devoted to the Mathematics Exploration, which is the Internal Assessment component.
This course is designed for students who will be entering their second year of the IB Diploma Programme and they need to revise and work in depth in the common parts of Trigonometry, Differentiation and elements of Statistics and Probability. It is appropriate for the students taking HL of both the IB Diploma Mathematics courses (AA and AI) but also for the ones who wish to excel in SL. Good knowledge of the common core topics on algebra and functions will be presumed, (these are covered in the Math review TESP course offered in the first session). Content might be adjusted according to the student needs. The course is aiming to help students develop logical & creative thinking, patience & persistence in problem-solving and to inspire confidence in using mathematics. Consideration will be given to using the Graphics Display Calculator which is an integral tool for the IB Mathematics courses. Finally, some time will be devoted to the Mathematics Exploration, which is the Internal Assessment component.
The TSP French program is focused on providing an accelerated environment for learning the French language and learning about Francophone culture. Students develop speaking, reading, and writing skills and learn about French food, culture, songs, and films.
Students learn about the three core components of the IB program (Theory of Knowledge; the Extended Essay; and Creativity, Activity, Service) and develop their research, presentation, and academic writing skills. The class also discusses how to stay on track in the IB Diploma Programme through realistic goal-setting and time management. Students must have at least an intermediate level of English.
Algebra I is often seen as the gatekeeper to Higher Level mathematics. Whether you want to take this two-week class as a practice to excel in the future or to get a head start for next year, every student will walk away with a solid foundation in Algebra I. We will cover topics such as expressions, systems of equations, functions, real numbers, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, and radical and rational expressions. Each student will be guided through important concepts, play fun math games, and enjoy math in this time of distance learning. Please note TASIS credit is not awarded for this course.
The art of Stop Motion Animation combines the best of two worlds: crafting and movie making! Any object in your house can tell a story! In this course, students will be able to execute different types of this art form and gain in-depth knowledge of how to become more creative and innovative.
Ever wondered why certain artworks affect you so deeply? Curious to learn how to analyze the techniques and ideas behind some of the greatest artworks ever produced? Want to be able to confidently write about and discuss these artworks? Whether you are new to the subject, want to build on previous knowledge or want to prepare for a course like IB Visual Arts, this course is for you. It will give you a window into important themes that have fascinated artists and thinkers since ancient times, and which still challenge us today.
Ticino, the only Italian-speaking Swiss canton, is the perfect environment for learning conversational Italian. Students build their vocabulary and learn to write about topics in the areas of fashion, food, art, and culture. They reinforce their classroom learning with excursions to locations throughout Ticino and Italy.
As Knights, students and staff at TASIS Portugal strive to grow in wisdom and knowledge working toward the ideals of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Join new, incoming students in a series of fun, interactive projects on the topics and events your future classmates will have learned.
Learn to cook authentic Italian food! Students choose ingredients at Italian markets, tour Italian cheese and meat factories, practice knife skills, and learn how to perfectly balance spices. They leave with an extensive knowledge of the food culture of Italy—and with a few recipes to use for years to come.
You unlock the door to Lead U Leadership Academy with the key of creativity. Behind that door is Mr. JD Wilson and the Lead U Crew who will virtually guide each student leader through a high-energy, fully interactive, differentiated empowerment experience. This course will intentionally feel more like a virtual game show to the students, engaging each student to “compete” throughout the week in various daily challenges. These challenges will allow each student to strongly connect with their own leadership style, virtually collaborate with their peers, and create reflective projects which will help them foster the skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders today.
Students taking English as an additional language over the summer will focus on developing language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course is aimed at incoming students for whom English is not the home language.
Martial arts like Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Karate are capable of exercising both body and mind. In addition, they work to teach practitioners about greater human values such as friendship and respect for others. Aimed at all levels, beginners or those already with some knowledge of the sport may join.
This course is ideal for students wishing to brush up on the fundamentals of algebra in advance of precalculus or for students who would like to get a head start on what they will be learning in the fall. The course instructor, an experienced math teacher, will differentiate instruction according to the students' needs.
The TASIS Summer Institute will be offering the following Middle School Courses in the summer of 2021.
The TASIS Summer Institute will be offering the following Mid-International Baccalaureate® courses in the summer of 2021.
TSP students have the exceptional opportunity to work under coaches from the renowned Milan Academy Scuola Calcio. Students spend three afternoons per week working with professional trainers on their skills. Players are issued an exclusive Milan Academy soccer kit. Participation is at an extra cost.
Students lift their musical theater skills in this comprehensive course taught by our excellent Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT), which features a versatile group of international teaching artists. This course concentrates on high-quality music, dancing and acting classes that help prepare the students for an original musical experience, crafted for and by them. This one-of-a-kind musical theater program includes a demanding rehearsal schedule and elevates the performers to reach beyond their limits to create a unique summer arts experience.
In this one-of-a-kind course, students engage in high-quality acting, singing, and dancing classes, working alongside professional teaching artists from our Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT). Students who are more interested in the production side of theater may choose to focus on costume design, lighting, sound design, and production design. All students are encouraged to be involved in the final performance at the Summer Arts Festival.
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The TASIS Summer Institute will be offering the following Pre-Advanced Placement courses in the summer of 2021.
The TASIS Summer Institute will be offering the following Pre-IB courses in the summer of 2021.
Robotics stimulates students in their technological skills, innovative abilities, and creativity. Students learn informatics, programming and robotics in an engaging way.
Already a popular activity at TASIS Portugal, students will have a chance to join a pop/rock band for part of the summer. They’ll practice learning different parts and grow in their performance skills.
This is an introductory course which is intended for students with little or no prior experience in Spanish. All four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are emphasised and developed simultaneously. Topics of study focus on everyday situations of practical utility. Developing a sound knowledge of basic grammar is an essential component of this course. A variety of readings, videos and websites are used to promote an interest in the Ibero-Hispanic World.
Spanish 2-3-4 continues to enhance the four basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will learn to engage in more complex conversations due to a greatly expanded knowledge of verb tenses (preterit, imperfect, future, conditional, imperative mood and subjunctive), grammar, and topical vocabulary. Written homework, pictures, skits, oral drills, readings, workbook exercises, audio/video material, film, short and long dialogue, theatre, and visits to Spanish language websites will be used to achieve this aim. In addition, the geography, history, and culture of Spain and Hispanic America will be discussed to give students an understanding of the more than five hundred million people who speak this beautiful and useful language.
This 2-weeks online STEAM course integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. A lesson or unit in a STEAM class is typically based on finding a solution and connection to a real-world problem through project-based learning. The class will follow the basics of the 21st Century STEAM challenge: Describe the Problem, Research and Gather Information, Think of and Develop Possible Solutions, Select the Best Possible Solution(s), Virtually “Construct” the Device, Test and Evaluate, Redesign/Modify and Complete, Final Test. Throughout this course, students will examine different components that shape their past, present, and future in topics such as Electronics & Embedded Systems, Coding & Programming, 3D Modelling and 3D design.
Every student will get an engineering kit which consists of a variety of electronic components such as LEDs, servo motors, resistors etc. along with a microcontroller and access to an online platform. This is a project-based learning experience. Students will find themselves working individually as well as a member of a group with minimum on-screen time.
A worldwide verified official certificate issued by Arduino Education will be given to the students upon successful completions which can be sent back to their schools. The certificate can be also used for college applications giving the candidate an extra advantage to secure a position in one of the highly ranked universities around the world.
This exciting course challenges students through project-based learning meant to boost student inquiry, dialogue, and problem-solving. This course draws upon the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Students learn foundational principles in math and science through design challenges and hands-on activities. This course is taught using a STEAM approach in both morning and afternoon class time.
The STEAM course is designed for near-fluent and native English speakers who wish to bolster their critical thinking and communication skills.
Sign up for a range of STEM courses online from the TASIS Summer Institute. Topics include Computer Programming and 3D Design.
This is a high school preparatory course for middle school students who are looking to get ahead. This course solidifies the math and science skills needed for high school, extending to projects using technology and engineering skills through robotics and 3D printing.
Violin is one of the distinctive components of an education at TASIS Portugal. Come discover this beautiful instrument and learn to play fun melodies with our very own violin teachers.Join in a fast-paced introduction to American football this summer! Besides drilling to learn the skills and positions necessary to play, students will take part in ongoing teamwork exercises and scrimmage one another in games.
Combining crafting with outdoor activity, children will have the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing with a range of fun activities that embrace the motto of “reduce, reuse and recycle.” The theme will be sustainability and “making something from nothing.”
Students will be challenged to design and produce a fashion item from rescued materials to raise awareness of the environmental problems caused by the fashion industry. The program will finish with a fashion show for parents.
At TASIS Eco Warrior Club, we will be creating arts and crafts from natural, sustainable, and recycled materials. The children will also be made aware of how to take care of their immediate environment and their planet.
Take time this summer to train with an experienced tennis coach. Aimed at all levels, beginners or those already with some knowledge of the sport may join.
The Olimpia Milano Basketball challenges players by focusing on tactical, sophisticated methods of play. Coaches from the Olimpia Milano Basketball Program focus on physical strength and the elements of fitness necessary to improve player confidence and performance. Players are issued an exclusive basketball kit. The club meets twice a week and participation is at an extra cost.
Our young artists will learn about textures through a variety of materials and explore how these textures are used by artists and inspire them to express their own feelings through a variety of art forms using mixed media techniques.
Aimed at those brand new to golf, tri‐golf provides an excellent introduction to the sport which is both accessible and fun. The games and activities create enjoyable competitive elements that promote essential skills acquisition.
This two-week literacy and earth discovery course will begin by reading the book Walk Two Moons written by award-winning Sharon Creech, former TASIS English and writing teacher. While exploring themes of self identify, hope, and global awareness, students will begin to develop their own self story. We will explore geographical concepts with Google Earth Education resources to incorporate hands-on and virtual activities. By the end of the two-week session, students will have the opportunity to participate in Google Earth's Voyager program by creating and sharing their own story using Google Earth.
Writing Enhancement is a two-week intensive online English course that provides students whose first language is not English a chance to further their writing skills through a range of interactive activities. A variety of resources are utilized to equip learners with an improved knowledge of various grammatical concepts, sentence structure, paragraphing, and extended writing, including descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and letter/email writing. Students will also understand the value of using a wide range of linguistic devices, specific to different genres. The main objective of this course is to make students confident in the writing process, which includes pre-writing, drafting (writing), revising, rewriting, and editing or proofreading.
Everyone can do it! Yoga is something that children can learn from early on and everyone can practice to improve, increasing calm and tranquility in the whole learning process.