English 8- Language and Literature Year 3
Students will explore the writing process through a variety of means: journal entries, expository paragraphs, narrative stories, dramatic scripts, poetic forms, notes and letters. Students will also investigate a variety of literary forms and genres: short stories, poetry, novels (historical and contemporary) and mythology. Oral skills will be enhanced through a variety of formal and informal discussions, debates, speeches and dramatic presentations. The course also includes: research skills, vocabulary building, spelling rules, parts of speech, sentence types and punctuation.
English 9- Language and Literature Year 4
English 9 explores a variety of writing styles and places emphasis on the importance of literature. Throughout the school year, students review paragraph writing and focus on the expository (compare and contrast) essay format. The mechanics of grammar, such as advanced comma use, the semicolon, colon, and transitions are taught and strengthened through writing. Critical thinking is encouraged through the examination of specific literary genres and the production of creative writing. The importance of structure is stressed in the writing of a business letter and the usage of proper letter formatting and composition. Various genres of literature are studied, including short stories, novels, poetry and drama.
Literacy Studies + New Media 10- Language and Literature Year 5 4 credits
Literary Studies 10 is designed for students who are interested in the literature of a particular era, geographical area, or theme, or in the study of literature in general. The course allows students to delve more deeply into literature as they explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works in a variety of media. Literacy Studies will run in conjunction with New Media 10 - a program of studies designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today's society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas.
This course is intended to allow students and educators the flexibility to develop a program of study centred on students' interests, needs, and abilities, while at the same time allowing for a range of local delivery methods. New Media 10 recognizes that digital literacy is an essential characteristic of the educated citizen. Coursework is aimed at providing students with a set of skills vital for success in an increasingly complex digital world by affording opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate ideas through a variety of digital and print media. New Media 10 explores tasks and texts designed to introduce students to the study of New Media.
Literacy Studies + Composition 10- Language and Literature Year 5 4 credits
Literary Studies 10 is designed for students who are interested in the literature of a particular era, geographical area, or theme, or in the study of literature in general. The course allows students to delve more deeply into literature as they explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works in a variety of media. Literacy Studies will run in conjunction with Composition 10 - designed to support students as they refine, clarify, and adjust their written communication through practice and revision. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing.
The course provides opportunities for students to, with increasing independence, study, create, and write original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and real-world audiences. They will expand their competencies through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to build a body of work that demonstrates expanding breadth, depth, and evidence of writing for a range of situations. They will develop confidence in their abilities as they consolidate their writing craft.
ENGLISH 11 4 credits
English 11 develops the theme of personal discovery. Conventions of language—grammar, usage and vocabulary—are applied to descriptive, narrative and expository paragraph and essay compositions. Critical and inferential thinking are key areas of development. Emphasis is placed on the development of the formal literary analysis as students read more challenging fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Through discussion, creative opportunities, and writing, students are challenged to demonstrate comprehension to produce critical analyses of works studied.
This course has a common school-based Final Exam.
COMMUNICATIONS 11 4 credits
Communications courses are designed for students who are not planning to attend university immediately after high school. Therefore, practical, as opposed to academic, communications skills are emphasized. Writing and speaking assignments are often based upon practical work place situations such as interviews, reports, memos, letters and resumes. Focus is placed on vocabulary development, reading for information, detecting bias, and developing personal responses to non-literary sources such as newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, advertisements, and visual media such as television and film. The study of literature is still important to the curriculum but listening, viewing and speaking are emphasized to a greater degree in responding to the literature. Literary works such as short stories, poetry, novels, and plays will also be studied for the purpose of developing critical thinking skills such as inference and deduction.
English 12 develops the theme of the individual in society. Students will demonstrate competence in their reading and interpretation of sophisticated works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama in their discussions and oral presentations, in their application of the conventions of language, and in their paragraph and multi-paragraph compositions. Continued emphasis is placed on the further development of the formal literary analysis.
English 12 has a required Provincial Final Exam worth 40%.
COMMUNICATIONS 12 4 credits
Communications 12 is designed for students who intend to follow non-academic career paths. This course provides activities in practical reading and writing skills, as well as the further development of listening and speaking skills. Reading practice will focus on finding the main idea and supporting details as well as some application of inferential skills. Although this course CANNOT be used to enter post-secondary academic programs, it is accepted for certain non-academic programs and career/trades programs.
Communications 12 has a Provincial Final Exam worth 40%.
Literature 12 is a survey course of English Literature from the early Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Students will learn to identify various genres, forms, techniques and devices, and recurring themes within their historic contexts. As a panorama of English literary history, Literature 12 provides a useful background for future studies in the Arts and Humanities.
This course has a common school-based Final Exam.
CREATIVE WRITING 11 4 credits
Creative Writing 11 is designed for students who are interested in using writing for self-expression and various creative purposes. The course provides students with in-depth opportunities to become better writers through the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. Within a supportive community, students will collaborate and develop their skills through writing and design processes. Creative Writing 11 invites students to express themselves creatively as they experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine their writing.
IB ENGLISH 11 (HL) 4 credits IB ENGLISH 11 (SL) 4 credits
IB ENGLISH 12 (HL) 4 credits IB ENGLISH 12 (SL) 4 credits
English A: Language and Literature is a two-year course that focuses on the study and appreciation of the language and literary achievements across our culture and the cultures of other societies. Parts 1 and 2 are intended to broaden the students’ perspectives and develop their skills in analysis and language production through the study of a wide range of text-types. Students are given opportunities to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it affects the world and how it shapes both individual and group identity. Students are also asked to consider the way language is used in the media and address the issue of how the production and reception of texts is influenced by the medium in which they are delivered. Parts 3 and 4 focus on the detailed study of literature. Students are asked to consider the changing historical, cultural and social contexts in which particular texts are written and received, to demonstrate how form, structure and style influence both meaning and context, and to understand the attitudes and values expressed by texts and their impact on readers.
English A: Language and Literature (HL) may be offered as an IB Certificate course for students in regular stream courses who wish to extend their learning to a first-year university level. At certain institutions (students must research the transfer credit policy of their university-of-choice), students who achieve a score of 5, 6 or 7 as their final grade may receive university transfer credit for a first year English course.
Note: the IBO Registration Fee and IB Exam Fee are charged in the second year of the course.