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  • J. Berardi
  • M. L. Duncan
  • T. Lesaux
  • C. Long
  • N. McLaughlin
  • T. Mark (Head)
  • E. Emerson
  • K. Graham (LTO)
  • P. Miranda
  • V. Shutova
  • J. Turna (LTO)
  • G. Legare (LTO)
  • I. Carlson

 

 

Rationale

 

The English curriculum is based on the belief that language learning is critical to responsible and productive citizenship, and that all students can become successful language learners.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve this goal. It aims to help students become successful language learners.  Successful language learners:

·         understand that language learning is a necessary, life-enhancing, reflective process;

·         communicate – that is, read, listen, view, speak, write, and represent – effectively and with confidence;

·         make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them;

·         think critically;

·         understand that all texts advance a particular point of view that must be recognized, questioned, assessed, and evaluated;

·         appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of texts;

·         use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities, for personal growth, and for active participation as world citizens.

 

The Ontario Curriculum, 2007

 

Course Descriptors

English, Grade 9, Academic (ENG1D)
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 (ENG1P)
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

 

English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D)
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 analyse 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

 

English, Grade 10, Applied (ENG2P)
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 the spoken and written language.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

English, Grade 11, University Preparation (ENG3U)
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking and communication skills. Students will analyse challenging texts, both contemporary and historical, conduct research and analyse the information gathered, write persuasive and literary essays, and analyse 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

 

English, Grade 11, College Preparation (ENG3C)
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 analyse 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

 

English, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (ENG3E)
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, write explanations, letters, and reports, and investigate the connections among media forms, audiences and media industry practices. An important focus will be on using language clearly, accurately and effectively in a variety of contexts.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Applied

 

English, Grade 12, University Preparation (ENG4U)
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 literacy research project, and apply key concepts to analyse media works. An important focus will be on understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussion and argument.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

 

English, Grade 12, College Preparation (ENG4C)
This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking and communication skills. Students will analyse informational texts and literary works from various time periods, countries, and cultures, write research reports, summaries, and short analytical essays, complete an independent study project, and analyse the interactions among media forms, audiences and media industry practices. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate style and using business and technical language effectively.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, College Preparation

 

English, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation (ENG4E)
This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking and communication skills. Students will study informational texts and literary works from various countries, and cultures, write summaries, reports, résumés, and short essays, complete an independent research project, and explain the connections among media forms, audiences and media industry practices. An important focus will be on using specialized language related to the workplace accurately and coherently in appropriate contexts.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation

 

Ontario Secondary School
Literacy Course, Grade 12, Open (OLC4O)

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 informal, 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.
Eligibility requirement: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. (Students who have already met the literacy requirement for graduation may be eligible to take the course under special circumstances at the discretion of the principal.)
Prerequisite: None

 

The Writer’s Craft,
Grade 12, University Preparation (EWC4U)

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

 

 

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