English Language Arts

English

English Language Arts students demonstrate increasing competence in the use of oral and written language and the appreciation and understanding of literature. The skills developed at each grade include reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing.

English Language Arts 10-1 SAL Pre-IB

5 credits

Prerequisite: 80% in Grade 9 Language Arts

This course is a preparation course for IB. The literary and language components parallel English 10-1; however, within this course is an additional focus on close reading skills, critical analysis of texts and participation in engaging discussions. Student’s study and analyze a variety of texts including non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, drama, and feature films.

English Language Arts 10-1

5 credits
Prerequisite: Recommend 65% in Grade 9 Language Arts


This course offers both literary and language components. Student’s study and analyze a variety of texts including non-fiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and feature films. Based on these texts, students are required to produce personal and critical responses successfully. Students use and develop their technology skills in presenting and managing information. This course is intended for academic students wishing to further their studies at a post-secondary institution. There is a separate SAL Pre-IB section of ELA 10-1.

English Language Arts 10-2

5 credits
Prerequisite: Recommend 50-64% in Grade 9 Language Arts


This course integrates English Language Arts and life skills. It allows students to expand their knowledge of language in practical and interesting ways. Greater emphasis is placed on responding, exploring, and supporting their own views. Students analyze advertisements, learn about media awareness, increase reading comprehension skills, and use a variety of computer programs.

English Literature A HL Year 1

5 credits
Prerequisite: 80% in English 10-1 SAL Pre-IB or teacher recommendation


While adhering to the objectives of the Alberta Education curriculum, consists of the study of literature translated from other languages, commentary writing, a focus on oral presentations, and refined essay writing techniques.

English Language Arts 20-1

5 credits
Prerequisite: Highly recommend 65% in English 10-1


In English 20-1 students continue to develop essay writing and personal response skills by responding insightfully to various pieces of literature. They will study a novel, a modern play, a Shakespearean play, Canadian themed short stories, and a variety of poems. Students grow in their abilities to support their ideas by embedding quotations from literature fluently and persuasively. This course enhances the skills required to take Grade 12 academic English Courses.

English Language Arts 20-2

5 credits
Prerequisite: 50% in English 10-2


This course focuses on improving speaking and writing skills. Students explore short stories, plays and creative poetry. Formal and informal writing increases student confidence in writing.

English Literature A HL Year 2

5 credits
Prerequisite: 80% or higher in English Literature A HL Year 1 or teacher recommendation


English Literature A HL, while adhering to the objectives of the Alberta Education curriculum, consists of a focus on oral and written commentaries, refined essay writing techniques and the study of more sophisticated world literature. There is a much larger oral component in English Literature A HL than in English 30-1.

English Language Arts 30-1

5 credits
Prerequisite: Highly recommend 65% in English 20-1


This academic course focuses on the study of literature through novels, short stories, non-fiction, and poetry. Emphasis is placed on the study of a Shakespearean and modern play. This course requires a firm commitment to produce work of the highest academic standing. A diploma exam is written at the end of the term which comprises 30% of their final mark.

English Language Arts 30-2

5 credits
Prerequisite: 50% in English 20-2


This program is a continuation of English 20-2. Emphasis is placed on practical communication skills rather than a study of literature. It prepares students for the communication demands of the business world. There is a focus on the business letter, the speech, inquiry skills, non-fiction as well as fiction reading. Students continue with the language arts strands of reading, writing, viewing, listening, speaking, and representing. Critical thinking skills in practical situations are also stressed. A diploma exam is written at the end of the term which comprises 30% of the final mark.

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