English Language Arts A10 & B10
Prerequisite: Complete Grade 9
The program integrates the development of the six strands of communication: speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing. The objective of the curriculum is to develop effective communication and thinking skills through a variety of language activities. Students learn that language varies according to audience, purpose, and situation; and that language has a variety of logical and structural patterns. Students read a variety of literature to develop an appreciation of the writer's craft as well as an aesthetic and critical response to literature. The study of literature is organized according to themes that deal with the adolescent and society.
English Language Arts A10 & B10 - Enriched
Prerequisite: Complete Grade 9 and teacher recommendation
This program covers the outcomes of ELA A10 and B10 while preparing students to be successful in Grade 12 Advance Placement. Students will work with increasingly complex texts in order to become stronger communicators. More information on the AP program is available here.
English Language Arts 20
Prerequisite: English A10 & B10
This compulsory English Language Arts course integrates the development of the six strands of communication: speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Effective communication and thinking skills are developed through a variety of language activities. Students study literature focused on self and society through two themes: Starting Out and Moving Forward.
English Language Arts 20 & Communication Studies 20 - Enriched
Prerequisite: Complete Grade 10 and teacher recommendation
This program covers the outcomes of ELA 20 and Communication Studies 20 while preparing students to be successful in Grade 12 Advance Placement. Students will work with increasingly complex texts in order to become stronger communicators. More information on the AP program is available here.
Creative Writing 20
Prerequisites: English A10 & B10
The focus is on the exploration and expression of the student’s own ideas. Students refine their writing skills and develop their creative writing abilities. Though the emphasis is on students’ experiences of literary forms and various types of language, they study models of writing from a variety of literary sources. Poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction and drama are explored.
Media Studies 20
Prerequisites: English A10 & B10
Approaching media from the context of language and communication, this course helps students better understand mass communication and popular culture. Students explore the impact of mass media, including television, music, magazines, photography, radio, film and video, on the individual and society. Students have an opportunity to read, view, write and discuss critically as they examine the media that influence their lives. They develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of media, techniques used therein and reflect on the impact of these techniques. Students will also be engaged in a variety of group and individual projects and presentations to demonstrate their ability to use the techniques being studied.
English Language Arts A30
Prerequisite: English 20
The A30 course is organized around themes that focus on Canadian literature and society. Assignments and activities are designed to continue development of skills in listening, speaking, representing, reading, and writing.
English Language Arts B30
Prerequisite: English A30
The B30 course is an issues-oriented course organized around human concerns in a global society. Students study both traditional and contemporary world literature in a comparative manner to explore themes from a global perspective.