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English is a compulsory credit for every academic year. Four English courses are required to graduate but there are also some interesting optional English courses offered in grades 11 and 12 such as Media Studies, The Writer’s Craft, and Studies in Literature.

 

Course Descriptions

English Academic Nine, ENG 1D
This course emphasizes analytic reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives. Students will study and interpret texts from contemporary and historical periods, including plays, short stories, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works. An important focus will be the correct and effective use of spoken and written language.
 
English Applied Nine, ENG 1P
This course emphasizes key reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school and their daily lives. Students will study plays, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles, and will describe and create media works. An important focus will be the correct use of spoken and written language.
English Locally Developed, ENG 1L
This course provides foundational literacy and communication skills to prepare students for success in their daily lives and in the workplace. The course is organized by strands that develop listening and talking skills, reading and viewing skills, and writing skills. In all strands, the focus is on developing foundational literacy skills and on using language clearly and accurately in a variety of authentic contexts. Admission into this course is conditional upon recommendations made by grade eight teachers.

Choosing between Academic and Applied

Academic and applied courses are intended to give students an opportunity to experience two different ways of learning:  academic courses draw more heavily on theory and abstract thinking while applied courses focus more on practical applications and concrete examples. In addition, both course types lead to certain destinations in grades 11 and 12 such as workplace, college, or university courses.
Consider ENG 1D if your child…
  • Reads and writes outside of the classroom setting;
  • Is a creative thinker and problem solver;
  • Possesses strong analytical skills;
  • May enter a field that requires university studies;
  • Demonstrates strength in reading comprehension.
Consider ENG 1P if your child…
  • Generally does not read and write outside of the classroom setting;
  • Is a literal thinker;
  • May enter a field that requires studies in college or an apprenticeship;
  • Demonstrates strength in practical reading and writing;

Preparing for the O.S.S.L.T.

All students are required to successfully pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in order to obtain their secondary school diploma. This test is written in grade ten but efforts will be taken to review the skills the students will need to pass the test in all grade nine courses, including English.
To find out more about the literacy test, visit http://www.eqao.com.

Preparing for Secondary School English

Here are a handful of very general tips that may contribute to student success:
·        Invest in a good word processing program like Word or Word Perfect;
·        Encourage reading of any kind at home;
·        Be aware of due dates for major assignments:
·        Encourage communication between student and teacher to clarify expectations.​