Language & Literature

English 8

Students will begin an academic developmentof skills in English. Areas of focus include reading, writing, listening and speaking. Short stories, novels and poetry are major areas of study. Creative writing will also be emphasized. Vocabulary and writing skills will be addressed within units of study.

 

English 9

Students will continue to develop the communication skills introduced in Humanities 8: reading, writing, listening and speaking. They will explore more challenging works of literature of various genres and write extensively using the writing process. Students will study vocabulary, grammar and language concepts to develop a stronger sense of the way the English language works.

 

English 10A: Focused Literary Studies/Creative Writing

English 10A is two courses in one. The units in this course will focus on literary studies grouped by theme, author, and/or time period, etc. and the development of personal writing in multiple genres and styles using a variety of models and sources. Students will complete a wide range of readings, literary analysis tasks, presentations and writing tasks over the course of the year, including essay writing. 

 

English 10B: New Media/Composition

English 10B is two courses in one. The units in this course will focus on media studies, including mainstream and social media, film and documentary studies as well as digital literacy. Students will also develop skills in different forms of writing, both personal and formal, from planning to drafting to editing. This will include reading and modelling the writing of others in a variety of styles. Students will complete a wide range of analysis, presentation and writing tasks over the course of the year, including essay writing.

 

Communications 11

This course is designed for students who found English 10 challenging and might have difficulty passing English 11. The course focuses on the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will read a variety of literature including novels, short stories, and nonfiction works. Writing activities will focus on writing for personal use and for career and work related requirements. Students who complete Communications 11 will proceed to Communications 12. Please note: Communications 12 is not accepted for admission to universities and some other post-secondary institutions.

 

Communications 12

This course emphasizes the appreciation and enjoyment of both language and literature. Speaking, listening and other communication skills will complete the curriculum. Students will continue to develop effective writing skills for the world of work and personal life. Please note: Communications 12 is not accepted at universities and some other post-secondary institutions. There will be a provincial exam at the end of the course that counts for 40% of the final course mark.

 

English 11

Students will read and analyse literature that is intellectually challenging. The critical analysis of short stories, plays (including plays by William Shakespeare), poetry and novels will be emphasized. Students will work to improve their skills at writing multi-paragraph compositions which incorporate descriptive, narrative and expository writing. The formal study of grammar and syntax is an important component of this course.

 

English 11 Honours

This challenging academic course prepares students for English 12 or for Advanced Placement English 12. Emphasis is on a concentrated study of literature (plays, novels, poetry, short stories). Students will focus on literary analysis, interpretive reading and critical thinking about literature. An intensive study of language and guided practice in essay writing will help students develop stylistic maturity. Strong work habits and independent learning are essential.  Recommendation: Suggested "B" grade minimum in English 10 

 

Advanced Placement English 12 Literature And Composition

AP English 12 is taken in place of English 12. AP English 12 is a rigorous and rewarding course for students who have strong English skills. Students will study works of recognized literary merit and will use these studies as a basis for writing expository or argumentative formal essays. Independent projects, examinations and oral presentations will also be a part of the program. The emphasis is on literary analysis, critical thinking and reasoned, well developed expression. There will be a provincial exam at the end of the course that counts for 40% of the course mark. In addition, students may also elect to write the AP examination which gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of interpretive reading and writing skills. A score of 4 or 5 on the exam gives a student credit for first year English at UBC, SFU, UVic and many other post-secondary institutions.  Recommendation: Suggested "B" grade minimum in English 11 Honours/English 11/Literature 12

 

English 12

English 12 focuses on developing advanced skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing while challenging students’ intellectual development through the intensive study of literature: short stories, drama, poetry, novels and essays. Students are encouraged to read appreciatively and critically. There will be a strong emphasis on in-class writing to develop sophisticated essay writing skills. Students will work on organization and structure of compositions while they improve sentence style and diction. There will be a provincial exam at the end of the course that counts for 40% of the final course mark.

 

Journalism 9-12

Students who are interested in producing a school newspaper, newsletters, and other related projects will enjoy this course. Skills include the journalistic writing style, interviewing and reporting, computer work, design and layout. In addition, students learn to analyze and evaluate forms of mass media.  Recommendation: Suggested "B" grade minimum in English 10 or "C+" grade minimum in English 11 

 

Writing 12

Writing 12 is designed for students who have a special interest in writing in a variety of genres including stage, radio, screenplays, descriptive, monologues, poetry and fiction. Many different writing techniques will be studied and practiced. Students taking Writing 12 will be encouraged to develop their own styles through assigned writings, critiques, and class projects.  Recommendation: Suggested "B" grade minimum in English 10 or "C+" grade minimum in English 11