Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, and Critical Writing For International University and College Admissions

This Summer 2012 Program gives participants the opportunity to develop language and communication skills.  As a result, students will be more confident in their comprehension and expression of ideas, concepts and opinions, which will help them in life, prep for college admissions and academics in the future.  A personalized and interactive teaching methodology is used.


From May 21- June 16, 2012  

8:00- 11:00 a.m.

At Mt. Carmel Junior School (Anand Niketan)

We will meet on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for four weeks.

In the week prior to May 21, students have a reading and writing assignment which they can send the instructor over the internet.

“Sayonara” party on June 18.



Critical Reading

Students will read a variety of book excerpts, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, poetry, and yes, SAT Prep materials.

Readings include The India Idea, National Geographic magazine, The Economist, poetry by Maya Angelou, short stories by O. Henry, and speeches that have shaped nations.  SAT Prep guides provide examples of challenging readings and strategies to answer different types of questions like extended reasoning, vocabulary-in-context and literal comprehension.

Critical Thinking

Students will keep a log of their reading and insights into new vocabulary. Strategies for understanding new and unexplored ideas will be discussed.  By working individually and in groups, and by interacting with the instructor online, students learn to logically develop positions on a variety of topics. They then support and defend those positions by using examples, statistics and quotations.

Critical Writing

A large part of the program is writing.  In sessions together, strategies and techniques for writing essays for standardized exams and essays for college and university admissions will be discussed.  Students will be expected to write at home in between classes.

We will look at grammar and vocabulary, sentences and paragraphs, and overall structure and style. Patterns of development include comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and expanding definitions.  Expository and creative writing will be encouraged. References will be given to sidestep the pitfalls of plagiarism and poor referencing.

Each student will write and rewrite three essays, including a college-admission type personal essay.


Instructor:  Randall Livingston

Randall Livingston, Chicago-born, completed his B.Sc. from the University of Illinois, his MA. (International and Comparative Education) from the University of California (Los Angeles), and his teaching certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from William Carey International University in Pasadena, CA.

He has taught English writing courses at the American Culture and Language Program, California State University (Los Angeles), Kwansei Gakuin University (Kobe, Japan), and the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (New Delhi).

In India, he was a research scholar with the American Institute of Indian Studies and has an MA (Sociology) from Jamia Millia Islamia.   He currently lives in New Delhi and is involved in teaching, testing and training in communications, including written and spoken English.

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