English

 

The English Department provides compulsory and optional courses. Our courses help students succeed in all other subject areas by building their understanding of the English language, and developing their communication and critical thinking skills.

 

Grade 9 De-streamed English (ENL1W1):

This course enables students to continue to develop and consolidate the foundational knowledge and skills that they need for reading, writing, and oral and visual communication. Throughout the course, students will continue to enhance their media literacy and critical literacy skills, and to develop and apply transferable skills, including digital literacy. Students will also make connections to their lived experiences and to society and increase their understanding of the importance of language and literacy across the curriculum.

 

Grade 9 Locally Developed English (ENG1LL):

This course emphasizes the key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills students need for success in secondary school and in their daily lives. The program builds toward the Grade 10 essential English course and works toward preparing students to enter the Grade 11 course in English at the Workplace level, as well as to complete the literacy test successfully. Students read a variety of narrative and expository forms, poetry, and drama and practice the skills necessary for clear and accurate spoken and written language. Course activities will help develop confidence and self-esteem and provide motivation to succeed in school and life.

 

 

Grade 10 English:

Academic (ENG2D)

Prerequisite: Grade 9 De-streamed English

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.

Applied (ENG2P)

Prerequisite: Grade 9 De-streamed English

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will study and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and processes that help students interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course.

 Locally Developed (ENG2LL)

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Locally  Developed English

 

This course emphasizes the key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills students need for success in secondary school and in their daily lives. The program builds on the Grade 9 essential English course and works toward preparing students to enter the Grade 11 course in English at the workplace and to attempt the literacy test with success. Students explore a variety of narrative and expository forms, poetry, and drama and refine the skills necessary for clear and accurate spoken and written language. Course activities further the development of confidence and self-esteem and provide motivation to succeed in school and life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 11 "Understanding First Nations, Métis and Inuit Voices":

University Preparation (NBE3U)

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Academic English

 

This course explores the themes, forms, and stylistic elements of a variety of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media text forms emerging from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada, and also examines the perspectives and influence of texts that relate to those cultures. In order to fully understand contemporary text forms and their themes of identity, relationship, and self-determination, sovereignty, or self governance, students will analyze the changing use of text forms by Indigenous authors/creators from various periods and cultures in expressing ideas related to these themes. Students will also create oral, written, and media texts to explore their own ideas and understanding, focusing on the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 English university or college preparation course.

College Preparation (NBE3C)

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Academic or Applied English

This course explores the themes, forms, and stylistic elements of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media text forms emerging from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada, and also looks at the perspectives and influences of texts that relate to those cultures. In order to understand contemporary text forms and their themes of identity, relationship, and self-determination, sovereignty, or self-governance, students will study the use of text forms by Indigenous authors/creators from other periods in expressing ideas related to these themes. Students will also create oral, written, and media texts to explore their own ideas and understanding, focusing on the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 English college preparation course.

 Workplace Preparation (NBE3E)

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Academic, Applied or Locally Developed English

  

This course explores the themes, forms, and stylistic elements of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media text forms emerging from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada, as well as some texts that relate to those cultures. In order to better understand contemporary texts, students will explore connections between traditional and contemporary text forms and cultural and community aspects of identity, relationships, and self-determination, sovereignty, or self-governance. Students will also create oral, written, and media texts focusing on the development of literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and daily life. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 English workplace preparation course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 12 English:

University Preparation (ENG4U)

Prerequisite: Grade 11 University English

 

This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace. 

College Preparation (ENG4C)

Prerequisite: Grade 11 College English

 

This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college or the workplace. 

 Workplace Preparation (ENG4E)

Prerequisite: Grade 11 Workplace English

  

This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. Students will analyse informational, graphic, and literary texts and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for workplace-related and practical purposes. An important focus will be on using language accurately and organizing ideas and information coherently. The course is intended to prepare students for the workplace and active citizenship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 12 Writer's Craft:

Note: this course is offered at the University preparation (EWC4U) and College preparation (EWC4C) level

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will investigate models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to write a variety of works; and make considered decisions for improving the quality of their writing. They will also complete a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.

 

 

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course:

Note: this course is offered in Grade 11 (OLC3O1) and Grade 12 (OLC4O1)

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.

 

 

ESL: English as a Second Language Courses:

These courses are designed for English language learners who have had opportunities to develop language and literacy skills in their own language appropriate to their age or grade level. They can read and write in their own language within the expected range for students of their age in their own country. They can build on their existing first-language skills when learning English in an ESL program. The five ESL courses are based on levels of proficiency in English. Depending on learners’ previous experience with English, students may be placed in ESL Level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.