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English

Compulsory Courses

English, Grade 9, Academic (ENG1D1)
This course emphasizes the analytical reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives. Students will study and interpret texts from contemporary and historical periods, including plays, short stories, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works. An important focus will be the correct and effective use of spoken and written language.
Prerequisite: None
 
English, Grade 9, Applied (ENG1P1)
This course emphasizes key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school and their daily lives. Students will study plays, short stories and newspaper and magazine articles, and will describe and create media works. An important focus will be the correct use of spoken and written language.
Prerequisite: None
 
Essential English, Grade 9, Locally Developed (ENG1L1)
This course emphasizes the key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills students need for success in secondary school and in their daily lives. In particular, the program works toward preparing students to enter the Grade 11 course in English, Workplace and to complete the literacy test successfully. Students read a variety of narrative and expository forms, poetry, and drama and practise the skills necessary for clear and accurate spoken and written language. In particular, course activities will help develop confidence and self-esteem and provide motivation to succeed in school and life.
Prerequisite: Recommendation of principal
 
English, Grade 10, Academic (END2D1)
This course extends the range of analytic, reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs. Students will study and interpret challenging texts from contemporary and historical periods, including novels, poems, plays and opinion pieces, and will analyze and create effective media works. An important focus will be the thoughtful use of spoken and written language.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied (ENG1D1 or ENG1P1)
 
English, Grade 10, Applied (ENG2P1)
This course extends the range of key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills that students need for success in all areas of the curriculum. Students will study novels, poems,
magazines and reports and will describe, design and produce effective media works. An important focus will be the clear and coherent use of spoken and written language.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied (ENG1D1 or ENG1P1)
 
English, Grade 10, Locally Developed (ENG2L1)
This course emphasizes key skill sin reading, writing, oral communication, thinking and group skills that students need for continuing success in their secondary school subjects, and to communicate with others in their lives outside of school. The units suggest instructional strategies and a developmental approach to teaching the expectations that are essential for students’ success. This course helps students develop a solid foundation in literacy skills to enter Grade 11 English, Workplace Preparation and to prepare them for successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Students read key informational and literacy text forms, including novels, editorials, magazine feature articles, and poetry, for personal and academic purposes. They use their knowledge of media to create media works collaboratively. Students use the writing process to produce clear, complete writing in a variety of narrative and non-narrative forms for real-life purposes (including the world of work), using appropriate and correct language. In particular, the course will encourage students to develop and reflect upon the strategies that will improve their literacy competence and confidence.
Recommended Preparation: English, Grade 9, Applied or Locally Developed (ENG1P1 or ENG1L1)
 
English, Grade 11, University Preparation (ENG3U1)
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyze challenging texts from various periods, conduct research and analyze the information gathered, write persuasive and literary essays, and analyze the relationship among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on understanding the development of the English language.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D1)
 
English, Grade 11, College Preparation (ENG3C1)
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literary works from Canada and other countries, write reports, correspondence, and persuasive essays, and analyze media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate voice and using business and technical language with precision and clarity.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Applied (ENG2P1)
 
English, Grade 12, University Preparation (ENG4U1)
This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures, write analytical and argumentative essays and a major paper for an independent literary research project; and apply key concepts to analyse media works. An important focus will be understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussion and argument.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation (ENG3U1)
 
English, Grade 12, College Preparation (ENG4C1)
This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse informational texts and literacy works from various time periods, countries, and cultures, write research reports, summaries, and short analytical essays, complete and independent study project, and analyse the interactions among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be establishing appropriate style and using business and technical language effectively.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, College Preparation (ENG3C1)
 
Optional Courses

Literacy Skills: Reading and Writing, Grade 11, Open (ELS3O1)
This course emphasizes the strengthening of essential reading and writing skills. Students will read short plays, short stories, novels, poems, and newspaper and magazine articles and opinion pieces, with particular attention to locating important information, identifying main ideas and supporting details, extending personal knowledge, responding imaginatively, and using specific strategies to expand vocabulary. An important focus will be on writing clear, accurate, and coherent narratives, summaries, reports, letters, and short essays, using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Prerequisite: None
 
The Writer’s Craft, Grade 12, University Preparation (EWC4U1)
This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing, use a workshop approach to produce a range of works, identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing, and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation (ENG3U1)

 

English as a Second Language (ESL)
 
Beginning Communication in English, ESL Level 1, Open (ESLAO1)
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce the English language and help students adjust to their new cultural environment. Students will develop the ability to use oral and written English for daily needs, acquire basic conversation skills and vocabulary, and use simple sentence patterns. Students will also acquire basic orientation information related to their needs as newcomers to Canada.
Prerequisite: None
 
English in Daily Life, ESL Level 2, Open (ESLBO1)
This course expands students’ essential English communication skills and cultural knowledge and introduces the language of classroom studies. Students will develop oral classroom skills and reading strategies, expand their vocabulary, and use more complex sentence patterns. Students will also learn how to use some school and community resources.
Prerequisite: ESL 1 or equivalent
 
English for School and Work, ESL Level 3, Open (ESLCO1)
This course is designed to improve students’ accuracy in using English in classroom situations, for personal and career planning, and to understand the changing world around them. Students will study and interpret a range of texts and produce a variety of forms of writing. Activities will also help students to develop their oral presentation skills and acquire study skills (including note taking and summarizing skills) that will enhance their ability to learn in all subjects.
Prerequisite: ESL 2 or equivalent
 
Study Skills in English, ESL Level 4, Open (ESLDO1)
This course prepares students to use English with increasing accuracy in most classroom and social situations and to participate in society as informed citizens. Students will develop the reading, writing and oral presentation skills required for success in all subjects. Students will study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts with the teacher’s guidance, develop oral communication skills through participation in informal debates and seminars, and extend their range of research skills.
Prerequisite: ESL 3 or equivalent
 
Bridge to English, ESL Level 5, Open (ESLEO1)
This course prepares students for secondary school English and other courses at the college and university preparation levels. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in reading literary works and academic texts, in using all stages of the writing process, and in applying learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will also learn to respond critically to print and media works.
Prerequisite: ESL 4 or equivalent