What is unique about our English program?


SAT, IB, AP Prep

Emerson’s English is a 2-year program where students in Grades 9-12 perfect the art of reading and writing for college. Everything in the curriculum was carefully designed to prepare you to score your highest on the SAT and prepare you for IB and AP courses requiring heavy reading and writing

Textual Analysis

We take reading and writing seriously, as a foundation for advanced speaking and listening. Everything that you talk about and learn from listening to others in class is built first upon the close reading of the text you’re studying

Critical Thinking 
at the Highest Level

We go beyond reading comprehension and analysis to truly understand everything there is to know about the text. We achieve greater philosophical and cohesive understanding by comparing multiple texts and bigger works across centuries and continents

Socratic Method

Like the best elite boarding schools in the US, Emerson’s English class uses the Socratic Seminar as the main vehicle of learning. The teacher plays the role of Socrates in asking questions to stimulate critical thinking and to draw out ideas and underlying assumptions

Classical Education

Study the best that has been thought and said throughout the ages. Our novels and plays, approved by the College Board, are timeless classics and recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer, and the National Book Award

Emerson's Pledge

So far we’ve had a success rate of 100%. Our students who complete our English program and our SAT courses in sequence will easily reach their target score above a 700 on the reading and writing sections to get into the college of their choice

Program Content





Short Stories


  • Delve into novels, plays, short stories, and poetry

  • Discuss complete works of fiction approved by the College Board

  • Relate the story to major historical and philosophical movements, such as Romanticism, Existentialism, and Post-Colonialism

  • Interpret the story with reference to literary schools of theory, including historical and biographical criticism, Marxism, feminism, and psychoanalysis

  • Develop close reading skills by analyzing select passages for theme, symbolism, diction, imagery, tone, style, etc.

  • Improve your reading comprehension by working through Emerson’s own literature workbooks filled with textual questions, short interpretative response prompts, and book report forms





  • Delve into non-fiction essays, articles, and classics in philosophy

  • Critically read challenging non-fiction essays to master the art of analysis for the SAT Essay

  • Analyze articles from The New York Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal for the SAT Essay

  • Critically read and discuss the original works of philosophers like Plato, Descartes, Hume, and Nietzsche

SAT Reading

  • Thoroughly examine one reading passage, every class

  • Start taking practice tests early on, applying the analytical skills you’re developing in our English program

  • Learn to quickly locate textual evidence to support your answer

  • Learn invaluable test-taking strategies and tips


College-Level Essays




Poem Analysis

Prose Analysis

Literary Analysis

  • Write high-scoring essays for the SAT by strategically analyzing the text

  • Write 6 college-type, college-level essays your future professors will assign

  • 1st class: analyze a new topic, write the 1st draft, hand in the essay

  • 2nd class: analyze and compare sample essays, get your 1st draft back with teacher corrections and feedback, revise and hand in the final draft

SAT Writing

  • Thoroughly examine one writing passage, every class

  • Quickly, effortlessly spot grammar and usage errors in the passage to support your answer

  • Learn invaluable test-taking strategies and tips for structure and content questions


Vocab Books

  • Learn the most common words on the SAT

  • Over 3,000 words in all

Novels & Plays

  • Learn the most challenging SAT words picked from the books we’re studying

  • Over 1,400 words in all

Latin & Greek

  • Learn the prefixes, suffixes, and roots most useful for the SAT

  • Over 1,200 roots in all


Socratic Seminar

  • Collaborate to gain a deeper understanding of the text

  • Socratic Seminars sit at the center of learning, dominating nearly every class

  • Improve your speaking and listening skills by actively engaging in college-style seminars made possible by our small class sizes

  • Improve critical thinking skills by learning to ask Socratic questions and to interpret the text in multiple fascinating ways


  • Compete to gain a deeper understanding of an issue

  • Engage in a lively debate after analyzing an article or editorial

  • Learn to speak persuasively and write strong opening and closing statements

  • Learn to listen attentively and win during cross-examinations and rebuttals

  • Learn about the major controversial issues facing both conservative and liberal parties in the US

Course content can be customized to meet the needs of private and paired students.

Program Structure


  • Structured 2-year program in prep for SAT, IB, and AP

  • Sequential courses in fall, winter, spring, summer

  • Year 1: Levels 1-4, 4 courses

  • Year 2: Levels 5-8, 4 courses


  • Course starts in the end of August

  • Class meets 1 time/week

  • 2.5 class hours/session

  • 2.5 study hours/session

  • 15 classes in 15 weeks

Winter Break

  • Course starts mid-December

  • Class meets 3 times/week

  • 2.5 class hours/session

  • 2.5 class hours/session

  • 9 classes in 3 weeks


  • Course starts in January

  • Class meets 1 time/week

  • 2.5 class hours/session

  • 2.5 study hours/session

  • 15 classes in 15 weeks

Summer Break

  • 1st session starts in June, lasting 5 weeks

  • 2nd session starts in July, lasting 5 weeks

  • Class meets 3 times/week

  • 2.5 class hours/session

  • 2.5 study hours/session

Other Courses

English (9 to 12)



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Emerson Latin offers a complete Latin curriculum, grades 5-12, from the beginner to the SAT and AP Exam, along with selective courses in English language, literature, and composition. We meet in small groups either online or in our classroom in Apgujeong, Seoul.

The teacher is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honour Society, and American Classics League.

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