To participate fully in the society and workplace of the 21st century, today’s students need to be able to use language with skill, confidence and flexibility. The English curriculum offers a challenging program that recognizes the central importance of language as a fundamental element of identity and culture. Students become aware of the many purposes for which language is used and the diverse forms it can take to serve particular purposes and audiences.
The plethora of texts students encounter on any given day contain messages which reflect the biases and opinions of their creators. Since notions of 'reality' are based on messages that have been constructed, author’s attitudes, interpretations, and intent must be thoughtfully and critically evaluated by readers. Students increasingly become critical consumers of texts--they question texts and assess their validity, express opinions, support their opinions with sound arguments, evidence from the text and from their prior experiences, and they transform texts when the messages contained disadvantage groups of people. The English program encourages students to develop a lifelong love of reading and writing, speaking, listening that will enable them to better understand themselves and others. It prepares students for the literacy demands they face as Canadian citizens and members of the global community.