"Effective essay writing is the most crucial stepping stone to success,” says Shauna Jain, one of the program’s founders. Not only is it a requirement for English and History classes, but applications for High School and University programs often have a writing component. Plus, learning how to write an essay teaches children everything from critical analysis of research and developing persuasive arguments to the finer points of grammar and punctuation. The program also incorporates advanced reading, vocabulary development, creative writing, and reading comprehension. It is also one of a few English programs to incorporate a strong public speaking component where students learn and practice fundamental presentation techniques. For those just interested in presentation skills, there is also a separate public speaking class.
The program’s multi-media approach ensures they reach all types of students, as learning is not just pen-to-paper, but class discussion, group work, slide lectures, debates, and videos. Mainly, Ms. Jain comments, parents regularly tell me how “they wish a program like this existed when they were young.” The Quills and Quote program follows the school year and breaks for school holidays. The classes are 1.5 hours and run weekly at a convenient location for residents in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Etobicoke, and Brampton.