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ENGLISH 9                                                                                                                                    MEN--09

Prerequisite:  English 8E or English 8                                                                                                                            


The English 9 course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of reading, writing, and speaking, established in English 8.  The students will focus on expository writing and practice multi-paragraph compositions to prepare for English 10.  There will be class presentations to build the student's confidence in English expression.  The students will study maturing themes to further develop skills of analysis and critical thinking.


ENGLISH 9 ENRICHED                                                                                                                 MEN--09E

Prerequisite:  English 8E or English 8 and recommendation of the teacher


The English 9 Enriched course builds on the tradition of creativity and excellence fostered in English 8 Enriched.  This course continues to develop the goals of English 8 Enriched, using the same approach, but with more emphasis on themes and issues in literature and society.  Among several student projects, there will be a variety of multi-paragraph writing forms undertaken.


ENGLISH 10                                                                                                                                  MEN--10

Prerequisite:  English 9, English 9E                                                                                                                                            


English 10 is designed to help students continue to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Essay writing techniques are emphasized, as well as the development of a greater ability to understand and critically evaluate poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and the techniques and influences of advertising.  This is a Ministry-examinable subject.


Prerequisite: English 9, English 9E

English 10 First Peoples is offered as an alternative to English 10 and will explore the dynamic and engaging world of First Nations literatures.  Students will study a variety of texts (prose, poetry, film, graphic novel), featuring local, Canadian, and International First Peoples’ content and become familiar with the rich oral tradition of the First Nations.  In addition to academic and creative writing, students will participate in group activities, class discussion and oral presentation as ways of demonstrating their learning.  Guest speakers from the local First Nations community will enhance the classroom experience.  This is a Ministry-examinable subject.

ENGLISH 10 ENRICHED                                                                                                    MEN—10E             

Prerequisite: English 9E or English 9 and recommendation of the teacher     


The English 10 Enriched course builds on the English 9 Enriched course.  It uses the same approach and pursues the same goals of excellence and personal growth.  The course will demand originality, creativity and care for correctness.  The literary focus of the course will be broad and wide ranging.  Responses to readings will be either written or oral.  (Some visual presentations and video will be encouraged.)  Students will be encouraged both to work in groups and as individuals.  This is a Ministry-examinable subject.


ENGLISH 11                                                                                                                         MEN--11

Prerequisite: English 10, English 10E                                                                                                                                         

English 11 is designed to help students improve their ability to understand and analyze the techniques and basic elements of short stories, poetry, prose, novels, drama and the mass media.  All communication skills continue to be emphasized.  Expository essay writing is an important focus. 


ENGLISH 11 ENRICHED                                                                                                    MEN—11E           

Prerequisite: English 10E or English 10 and recommendation of the teacher   


English 11 Enriched welcomes students who seek extra challenge in English and/or who may wish extra preparation leading to Literature 12 in the Grade 12 year.  Students will become familiar with a variety of approaches to literature in order to encourage independent thought.  The course addresses the goals of the English 11 curriculum, including essay writing, but with greater emphasis on creative and critical thinking, "close reading" of the literature and literary appreciation.


COMMUNICATIONS 11                                                                                                         MCOM-11      

Prerequisite: English 10                                                                                                                                                            

Communications 11 is designed for those students who need to focus on improving basic writing skills.  It is a program which enables student writers to focus on their strengths and to eliminate weaknesses from their writing.  Communications 11 also tries to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary in everyday life, and to encourage an appreciation of fiction.  This course is an alternate to English 11.


ENGLISH 12                                                                                                                        MEN--12  

Prerequisite: English 11


This course is intended to help students improve their abilities to understand, analyze and critically evaluate literature and prose.  There is continuing emphasis on developing communication skills, especially expository writing.  English 12 is designed specifically to prepare the students for university and college entrance.  The focus of this course is academic and intellectual!  This is a Ministry-examinable subject.


COMMUNICATIONS 12                                                                                                                MCOM-12

Prerequisite: English 11 or Communications 11


This course has been designed to further develop the students' communication skills so that they will be better able to cope in everyday life.  Writing, reading, literature, speaking, and listening all have a place in this program.  Communications 12 is NOT acceptable for entrance into university.  This is a Ministry-examinable subject.


AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION                                                                            AELC-12

AP English Literature & Composition provides an opportunity for Grade 11 and 12 students to earn university credit, advanced placement, or both, by engaging in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. The more specific and permanent benefits for students preparing to take the AP English Literature and Composition Examination are that they are at the same time being prepared for the English 12 Provincial Examination and for the rigorous intellectual demands of college and university study.

This course would run concurrently with English Literature 12 and students will have the opportunity to take the course under either title. Students who elect not to take the AP Exam will receive credit for English Literature.

This course does not replace English 12.

LITERATURE 12                                                                                                                         MLIT --12                                                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite: English 11  (May be taken concurrently with English 11, with recommendation of the teacher)

By the end of this course, students will have studied significant works of literature, spanning from the Anglo-Saxon period (449 - 1066) to the present day.  Students will study a variety of works -- from poetry, drama, and prose -- to understand the development of English literature over the centuries.  The aim of this course is to introduce students to literature not normally covered in regular English courses and to understand some of the historical, philosophical, and cultural influences on English literature.  Students are expected to keep up with the readings and be engaged in class.  Classes will include some lectures and many class discussions where students are expected to keep notes and participate regularly.  There is also an important writing component to this course.  Students will write expository essays, creative essays, and a research paper.  A love of literature and a profound curiosity about the world is the only real requirement.

WRITING 12                                                                                                                               MWR--12                                                                                                      

Prerequisite:  English 10

The Writing 11/12 course is designed for students interested in exploring the world of creative writing.  Writing is like a muscle -- in order to strengthen the muscle, one must practice and train.  Students will write in class almost every day to practice and improve their skills.  Over the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to write in a variety of forms: short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, plays, and expository writing.  Homework assignments  will include observing the people around you and engaging in life -- and writing about it.  Many of the classes will run as workshops, with peer editing and numerous revisions of work.  Each student will be expected to hand in a portfolio at the end of each term for a final grade.