English Language Arts

 

English 1201

English 1201 is an academic course, designed for the majority of students entering Level I of senior high school. The study of language and experiences with a broad range of literature and media texts will enable students to reflect on their own learning strategies as they continue to develop confidence as language users.  The study of texts will include a cross section of articles, poetry, short prose, plays, novels and visuals, and will focus especially on identities -- understanding ourselves, our communities and our cultures. While opportunities are provided for students to develop imaginative, narrative and poetic texts, there will be a focus on reflective journal responses, reports, editorials, and argumentative/persuasive essays reflecting evidence of research. English 1201 also emphasizes proficiency in the use of oral language for a variety of purposes. 

Speaking and listening experiences include:

• conversation and focused discussion with an identifiable purpose such as brainstorming, speculating, problem solving

• structured activities and presentations such as symposia, debates, public speaking, reports, panel discussions, interviews, seminars, and small group interaction

• dramatic representations and the performance of texts, for example, monologues, role playing, individual and choral performance, readers’ theatre

• focused listening activities to interpret and evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources

 

Teacher: Bonnie Wheeler

 

English 1202

English 1202 is designed for students entering senior high school who have demonstrated difficulties with reading, writing, speaking and listening. The pace, scope, emphases, and resources of English 1202 will allow students to build on their ability to read, view, and respond to a variety of texts, and to express their ideas and understandings through writing, speaking, and other ways of representing meaning. It is especially important that experiences in this course be based on the interests, abilities, and learning needs of the students.

Specifically, English 1202 provides experiences which enable students to:

• meet the literacy demands of the outside world

• be aware of ways in which language can entertain, inform, and influence others

• adapt their language to suit their purpose

• have a sound basic knowledge of how to use English

• extend their thinking through exploring a range of issues

• use language to the best of their ability in working toward the full range of curriculum outcomes

English 1202 should be flexible enough to allow learners, based on their performance, to move to academic courses.

 

Teacher: Bonnie Wheeler

 

 

English 2201

English 2201 is an academic course intended for students whose goals include post-secondary academic study. English 2201 emphasizes literary texts and is intended to enable students to be analytical and critical readers and viewers and to give detailed accounts of complex and sophisticated texts. Students are required to examine and evaluate ideas and style in materials studied and in their own work. Students will also be expected to express themselves precisely and to use technology and multimedia applications to solve problems and conduct inquiries. Emphasis will be placed on exposure to and use of a wide variety of styles found in texts from various places and periods, including:

• poetry, novels, short prose, plays, and myths from different times, cultures, and places

• research papers

• film, video, radio, television and live drama

• multimedia texts, data bases, CD-ROM reference sources, and newsgroups

 

Teacher: Bonnie Wheeler

 

English 2202

English 2202 is intended for students who continue to demonstrate difficulty with reading, writing, speaking, and listening. English 2202 engages students in practical and interesting learning experiences closely related to their lives and to the work they will experience as adults. These experiences are, as far as possible, based on the interests and abilities of the students, thereby providing support to meet their individual and diverse learning needs. Specifically, English 2202 provides experiences which enable students to:

• understand ways in which language can entertain, inform, and influence others

• adapt their language to suit their purposes

• have a sound basic knowledge of how to use English and its conventions in their daily lives

• extend their thinking by exploring a range of issues

• use language to the best of their ability in working towards the full range of curriculum outcomes

• explore and investigate social, political, ethical, and economic issues

• respond to other points of view

• study and produce various forms of writing, particularly non-narrative forms used in student groups, family units, service organizations, political organizations, and business communities, including letters of application, request, and letters to the editor

• reconstruct messages in the form of minutes, reports, press releases, informal and formal oral presentations

• practise oral communications related to the world of work (e.g., job interviews)

 

Teacher: Bonnie Wheeler

 

Writing 2203

Writing 2203 is designed to accommodate a wide range of student interests and abilities. It offers students an opportunity to explore writing as a means of personal expression as well as a method of communication. The course provides opportunities for students to develop a portfolio of written products under the following categories:

• transactional writing, including electronic texts (e.g., essays, letters, editorials, e-mail, Web pages)

• poetic writing (e.g., poems, short stories, one-act or multi-act plays; radio, video or TV scripts)

• expressive writing (e.g., journals, letters)

 

Writing 2203 will provide opportunities for students to:

• explore their creative expression

• practise and refine their expository writing

• enhance their precision with written expression

 

The emphasis throughout the course is on the improvement and refinement of students’ writing through extended practice.  Writing is viewed as a process involving a range of strategies.  Students are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the crafting of a range of writing and to use technology to effectively serve their communication purposes.

 

Teacher: Bonnie Wheeler

 

English 3201

 

English 3201 is an academic course intended for students whose goals include post-secondary academic study. English 3201 emphasizes literary texts and is intended to enable students to be analytical and critical readers and viewers and to respond to complex and sophisticated texts orally and through writing and other ways of representing.  English 3201 places greater emphasis on exposure to and use of a wide variety of forms, including:

• poetry (elegy, epic, sonnet, pastoral, free verse)

• prose (allegory, biography, novels, short stories, literary essays)

• drama (scripts, live drama, modern and classical plays)

• essays, reports, research papers, editorials

• multimedia, electronic mail, Internet texts

Students are required to respond to a wide variety of forms (media, genres) and to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of language and literary forms. Students are expected to:

• study and give detailed accounts of complex and sophisticated texts

• be critical and reflective readers of literary texts

• be analytical and critical viewers

• be capable editors of their own and others' writing

• examine the cultural contexts of works and their creators

• write reflectively, critically and analytically about the ideas, values and social efforts of their own and others' texts, crafting written language in a range of forms, polishing stylistic skills

and writing with conviction

• use a variety of communication technologies

Experiences in English 3201 should increase students' awareness of:

• their global community

• their place in that community

• the impact their place in that community has on how they view the world and texts in that world

• how language, form and other structures and elements of a text are reflections of the culture in which it has been created

 

Teacher:  Bonnie Wheeler

 

English 3202

English 3202 is intended to prepare students for lifelong learning by engaging them in practical and interesting learning experiences closely related to their lives and to the world that they will experience as adults. Experiences in this course should be based on the interests and abilities of the students and should provide support to meet their individual and diverse learning needs.  Specifically, English 3202 provides experiences which enable students to:

• interpret and analyze a range of narrative and non-narrative texts (e.g., short fiction, drama, poetry) and technical information (e.g., business documents, manuals)

• read and view a range of texts including those electronically produced (electronic mail, electronic bulletin boards, home pages) aimed at extending reading for pleasure and for information

• undertake a more critical examination of a variety of texts

• write in a range of forms that they might use in their adult lives (e.g., business letters, reports, essays, forms)

• reconstruct messages in the form of memoranda, summaries, minutes

• demonstrate a sound basic knowledge of how to use the conventions of English in written and oral presentations

• manipulate tone and appropriate details to suit particular audiences

• apply problem-solving strategies and dynamics of social discourse to work through various communication situations, particularly those found in community and workplace situations

• respond both personally and critically, orally and in writing, to a range of texts

 

Teacher: Kelly Park