Language & Literature

English 8

Students will begin an academic development of 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.

 

English 11A: Focused Literary Studies

This course replaces the previous Honours 11. Students in this course can expect a rigorous study of literary genres, techniques and analysis methods. Students will read and analyse literature that is intellectually challenging and hone their critical thinking skills. The critical analysis of major philosophies and themes will be discussed through a selection of short stories, plays (including plays by William Shakespeare), poetry, novels, and visual media.Students will work to improve their skills at writing multi-paragraph compositions which incorporate descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository writing. The formal study of grammar and syntax is also an important component of this course.

 

English 11B: New Media

This is a continuation of the Media Studies course from last year. This course will focus on developing original work from the techniques and methods studied last year, such as advertising and podcasting, as well as investigating other ways modern media impacts the message and our society, including mainstream and social media, film and documentary studies as well as digital literacy. Students will begin to build a portfolio of work that can continue into the 12 level elective, which can become part of a professional portfolio should they desire.

English 11C: Creative Writing

Students in this course will mix literary analysis with personal writing to explore and expand on concepts introduced in 10A. There will be a focus on 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. They will become consumers of a variety of genres and styles of writing, and craft increasingly complex original pieces spanning analysis to non-fiction to fiction. Students will begin to build a portfolio of work that can continue into the 12 level elective, which can become part of a professional portfolio should they desire.

 

English 11D: Composition

This course will focus heavily on developing analysis, thinking and writing skills. It will include literary analysis as a component, but also other sorts of writing and response as the key here will be structural competency. This course does NOT replace Communications in any way, but might be a good place for students who need to improve their writing and presentation skills for other courses and for post-secondary.

 

English Studies 12: Mandatory

The required English Studies 12 course builds on and extends students’ previous learning experiences in ELA 10 and 11 courses. It is designed for all students and provides them with opportunities to refine their communications skills across a variety of contexts to achieve personal and career goals. It is also intended to help students think critically and creatively about the uses of language in texts from a variety of sources, in multiple modes or forms, that reflect our diverse world. It is intended to provide the chance to deepen the understanding of self, how that fits into our changing world, and gain insight into how identity – personal, cultural, national, etc. – is formed. The course also addresses the idea of representation, the idea of incorporating the ideas of reconciliation to connect to the understanding of First People’s, and to develop one’s understanding of what it means to be an educated citizen of Canada and the World.

 

English Studies 12: AP Option

AP English Studies 12 is taken in place of English Studies 12. While it reflects the values of English Studies 12 as stated above, the AP option 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 Focused Literary Studies 11 Honours /Literature 12

 

English 12A: New Media (Elective)

This course focuses on the refinement of skills developed in 10B and New Media 11, including mainstream and social media, film and documentary studies as well as digital literacy. Students will create a portfolio of professional quality work while still developing their understanding of the connection between medium and message, and the increasingly diverse ways we use new technologies to share and develop ideas. Some components of this course will include journalistic analysis and writing. 

 

English 12B: Creative Writing (Elective)

This course is designed to bring polish and sophistication to a portfolio of work that is ready to send out for publication. We will continue with 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. Genres will be diverse, and there will be a mix of analysis, as well as a diversity of personal writing and presentations of work.