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Welcome to the

Department of English


"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.

Just get people to stop reading them."

–Ray Bradbu​ry

The Department of English offers the core English programs required for graduation at the enriched, academic, applied, essential and ESL levels.  In these courses, the students focus on a variety of studies: drama, novel study, short fiction, essays, poetry, media and writing skills. At the senior level, elective courses in creative writing, media studies, and film studies are offered.  At the senior level, students have an opportunity to write Advanced Placement exams, which allows them to gain university credits while still in high school. 

In all of our courses, students will develop their reading, writing, critical t​hinking and oral communication skills.  Our goal is that the St. Basil graduates will have a strong basis in English studies and an appreciation for literature that they will be able to use throughout their lives.


Courses We Offer

​​​ENGLISH AND ESL ​Grade 9 ​Grade 10 ​Grade 11 ​Grade 12
English - Academ​ic/Enriched ​ENG1DE ​ENG2DE
​English - Academic ​ENG1D1 ​ENG2D1
​English - University/Enriched ​ENG3UE ENG4UE​
English - University​ ​ENG3U1 ​ENG4U1
​English - Applied ​ENG1P1 ​ENG2P1
​English - College ​ENG3C1 ​ENG4C1
​English - Locally Developed ​ENG1L1 ​ENG2L1
​English - Workplace ​ENG3E1 ​ENG4E1
​Literacy Skills: Reading & Writing - Open ELS2O1​
​Media Studies - Open ​EMS3O1
​The Writer's Craft - University ​EWC4U1
​Studies in Literature: Film - College ​ETS4C1
​Ontario Literacy Course - Open ​OLC4O1
English as a Second Language, Levels 1 to 5​ ESLAO1 ESLBO1 ESL CO1​