LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE YEAR 3-ENGLISH 8
The aim of English Language Arts, in conjunction with the Middle Years Programme, is to provide students with opportunities for personal and intellectual growth through speaking, listening, reading, viewing, writing, and representing to make meaning of the world and to prepare them to participate effectively in all aspects of society.
The goals are to comprehend and respond to oral and written language critically, creatively, and articulately while communicating, ideas, and information.” (Source: Ministry of Education)
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE YEAR 4-ENGLISH 9
The English 9 course, in conjunction with the Middle Years Programme, will adhere to the provincially prescribed curriculum as documented in the English Language 8 to 10 Integrated Resource Package. The English 9 course will build on reading, writing and speaking skills developed in English 8 that enable students to comprehend and respond to a variety of literary genres.
In English 9, students will explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction, short stories, novels, poetry, drama (including selections from Shakespearean plays) and films.
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE YEAR 5 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10
IMPORTANT: English Language Arts 10 in conjunction with the Middle Years Programme is being redesigned in the new BC curriculum. Students will now be able to choose from the following course offerings (for a total of 4 credits). Please note all options have the same curricular outcomes, and all options will require reading, writing, speaking, listening.
The English Language Arts 10 courses will build on skills developed in English 8 and 9 that enable students to comprehend and respond to a variety of literary genres. Students will continue to develop and work towards greater sophistication in their language and communication of ideas and make personal connections to what they read, hear and view. Appreciation of literature will continue to be a focus in all course offerings.
CREATIVE WRITING 10 YEAR 5 (MCTWR10-IB-2CREDITS) AND FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 YEAR 5 (MLTST10-IB-2 CREDITS)
RECOMMENDATION: For students interested in pursuing AP English in Grade 12 who have high academic standing, good work habits and the recommendation of their teacher. Note that this course is for motivated, independent, mature English students who enjoy reading, writing and discussing each others’ ideas.
Students will delve deeply into literature while developing higher level thinking and learning skills to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world. Students will explore and apply various writing processes and will be encouraged to express themselves creatively. Students will experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine their writing. (These courses may include but is not limited to various styles of essay writing, creative non-fiction, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, graphic novels, multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)
NEW MEDIA 10 YEAR 5 (MNMD10-IB-2 CREDITS) AND FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 YEAR 5 (MLTST10-IB-2 CREDITS)
RECOMMENDATION: This course will meet the needs of most students.
Students will delve deeply into literature while developing higher level thinking and learning skills to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world. There will be numerous opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate ideas through a wide variety of digital and print media. (These courses will include various styles of essay writing, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, film and media studies. It may include journalism, publishing and digital communication such as blogging and social media as well as multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)
COMPOSITION 10 YEAR 5 (MCMPS10-IB-2 CREDITS) AND FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 YEAR 5 (MLTST10-IB-2 CREDITS)
RECOMMENDATION: For students who require support for foundational English skills.
Students will explore a variety of literary texts and forms to support them in their development of written and oral communication through critical processes. Students will read and study compositions and consider a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing. Students will learn the processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising as well as how to cite sources, consider the credibility of evidence, and evaluate the quality and reliability of the source. These courses builds students’ competencies and gives opportunities to communicate ideas through a wide variety of expressions.(This course may include but is not limited to various styles of writing, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, and multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)
(MEN–11 ~ 4 CREDITS)
In English 11, students develop strong communication skills in both speaking and writing. They are given many opportunities to express their ideas, thoughts, and opinions, both orally and in writing. Students review punctuation, grammar, syntax, diction and mechanics to enable them to communicate clearly; they will write in narrative, descriptive and expository modes. Students also experience the complexity and versatility of the English language by reading and studying the short story, the novel, poetry, Shakespearean drama and the essay. Students will be expected to analyze text and respond critically in the literary essay. Students will be encouraged to participate in class and small group discussions so that they can share ideas and develop their oral communication and listening skills. A final exam comprises 25% of the student’s final grade.
ENGLISH 11: PRE AP
(MEN–11ENR ~ 4 CREDITS)
RECOMMENDATION: High academic standing in English 10 Pre AP, a good work habits mark and recommendation of the teacher.
English 11 Pre-AP is designed for students who wish to pursue AP programs. The Pre-AP program expands on the variety of the literary genres and includes selections and authors as in the IB prescribed World Literature list. In addition, students will complete detailed study of Shakespearean plays and groups of work focusing on Person and Society. Students will be encouraged to think reflectively and respond critically about texts and make connections between literature and life. The literary essay will be introduced at this time. As the workload is greater than that of a regular class, Pre AP English 11 is a course for motivated, independent, mature English students who enjoy reading, writing and discussing each others’ ideas.
(MEN–12 ~ 4 CREDITS)
The English 12 course will adhere to the provincially prescribed curriculum as documented in the English Language Arts 11-12 Integrated Resource Package.
In order to meet the demands of post-secondary institutions, students will be introduced to a wide range of powerful and relevant literature and media works, that address both traditional and contemporary themes. Areas of study will address all six strands of English (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, representing) and will include short prose, poetry, novel studies, drama, media and writing. Students will continue to develop their skills and work toward levels of greater sophistication in their ability to read and respond, communicate and appreciate literature. The final exam is a Graduation Program Exam that comprises 40% of the student’s final grade.
NOTE: This course requires students to write a Ministry exam worth 40% of the course.
ENGLISH LITERATURE 12
(MLIT-12 ~ 4 CREDITS)
The aim of English Literature 12 is to enhance students’ literacy through the study of a body of works representative of the literary heritage of English-speaking peoples. English Literature 12 offers senior students opportunities to examine and appreciate this rich heritage. Reading widely is an important factor in academic success. By reading works that are sophisticated in thought and style, English Literature 12 students strengthen their aesthetic appreciation and critical judgment.
The curriculum covers selections of CORE works from each of the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century. Additional modules of Prose, Drama and Poetry are integrated historically with the CORE selections to provide complementary in-depth studies.
English Literature 12 is an elective that does not replace English 12. This course is recommended for students who will attend university.
WRITING 12 BLENDED LEARNING
(MWR–12-BL ~ 4 CREDITS)
Writing 12 is a creative writing course for students willing to discover more about themselves and the world in which they live through their endeavors in written expression. In order to accomplish this task with any modicum of personal triumph, a student in this course must be ready to listen with an open mind, be prepared to speak out loud, write frequently and extensively, and be courageous enough to challenge themselves and stretch their creativity. During the year students will have the opportunity to write in a number of different genres including creative non-fiction, memoir, short fiction, poetry, and writing for the screen or stage.
There is no final exam for this course and it is open ot students in both grade 11 and 12. Assessment is based on a rubric and will be evaluated by both the teacher and the student. Please see more information about this course on page 14 in the Blended Learning Courses section of this booklet.
COMMUNICATIONS 11 / 12
(MCOM-11, MCOM-12 ~ 4 CREDITS EACH)
Communications 11 and 12 are an alternative to English 11 and 12. Communications 12 does not qualify students for University Entrance nor for many Academic College programs. It does, however, fulfill graduation requirements.
The goals of Communications 11 and 12 are three-fold: to provide students with opportunities to develop an enjoyment and appreciation of literature; to provide students with opportunities to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; and to provide students with opportunities to develop business communication skills consistent with the rules of standard English. In grade 12 the exam is a Graduation Program exam that comprises 40% of the student’s final grade.
NOTE: This course requires students to write a Ministry exam worth 40% of the course.
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 12 & AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE 12
(MLIT-12, AELC-12 ~ 4 CREDITS EACH)
RECOMMENDATION: High academic standing in Pre AP English 11, a good work habits mark and recommendation of the teacher.
The Advanced Placement Program consists of college courses and exams designed for highly motivated students in secondary schools. Students may progress from Pre AP English 10 to Pre AP English 11. In their grade 12 year, students take English Literature 12 and Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and AP English Language 12. These two courses will require two blocks of time total. Students may write their English 12 Provincial Exam in January, of their grade 12 year, depending on readiness.
The final grade for English 12 will be based on 60% school mark and 40% Provincial exam. In grade 12, AP students will take Advanced Placement Literature and Composition 12 and AP English Language 12. They will write their AP Exam in the spring.
Note: For English 12 APELC and the English 12 APL there is an exam fee of approximately $135.00 each.
- English 11- 4 credits EN 11
- English 12 – 4 credits EN 12
- English Literature 12 – 4 credits LIT 12
- AP English Literature and Composition 12 – 4 credits