English Language Arts

English Language Arts 10-1 (ELA1105)

Credits: 5
Pre-Requisite: English 9
Required for: English 20

Students will study a variety of literary selections in a more challenging and concentrated manner than in regular ELA 10-1, and be introduced to Critical Theories of Literature (Formalist, Archetypal), investigating allegorical literature, and explore the universal notion of journeys (hero quest) over the semester. Students will be given an introduction to both styles of critical essays needed for each of their culminating examinations (AP & 30-1).

English Language Arts 10-1 (ELA1105)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 with recommended grade of 60% or acceptable to mastery
Required for: English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2

This course is designed for students who intend to pursue post-secondary studies at a university and offers a diverse collection of texts including: book-length non-fiction, Canadian literature, essays, films, novels, modern plays, poetry, Shakespearean plays, short stories, and visual/multimedia texts.  Students are expected to refine and improve all language skills, focusing on critical and interpretative writing skills.

Students with marks under 60% or ‘beginning-to-acceptable’ marks in Grade 9 Language Arts may find this course difficult.

English Language Arts 10-2 (ELA1104)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9
Required for: English Language Arts 20-2

This course is designed for students who intend to pursue entrance into post-secondary programs at colleges or technical institutes and offers a diverse collection of texts including: book-length non-fiction, Canadian literature, essays, films, popular non-fiction, novels, modern plays, poetry, short stories, and visual / multimedia texts.

The six strands of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing will be integrated throughout the course, with an emphasis placed on clear communication and improvement of the student’s particular language needs and capacities.

English 20-1 AP (ELA2105)

Credits: 5
Pre-requisite: ELA 10-1 AP, or 80%+ in ELA 10-1 and an interview
Required for: English Language Arts 30-1 AP

This continuation of the Pre-AP program explores increasingly complex texts with  a strong emphasis on Critical/Analytical writing.   This course is intended to prepare students for University-level texts which will make up the backbone of literary focus in grade-12.

An even greater reading requirement and a further exploration of more advanced Critical Theory (Marxist, Psychoanalytical, and Deconstruction) will occur this year, including an exploration of the notions of Utopia and Dystopia where students ‘travel’ from the Gardens of Eden to frightening visions of Brave New Worlds.

Depending on interest and scheduling possibilities, this course could be full-year, occurring every second day, to facilitate the increased reading and writing demands.

English Language Arts 20-1 (ELA2105)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1 with recommended grade of 60%
Required for: English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

This course is designed for students who intend to pursue post-secondary studies at a university and offers a diverse collection of texts including: book-length non-fiction, Canadian literature, essays, films, novels, modern plays, poetry, Shakespearean plays, short stories, and visual/multimedia texts.

Students who achieve marks under 65% in English 10-1 may find this course difficult.

Students are expected to refine and improve all language skills, focusing on critical and interpretative writing skills.

English Language Arts 20-2 (ELA2104)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2
Required for: English Language Arts 30-2

This course is designed for students who intend to pursue entrance into post-secondary programs at colleges or technical institutes and offers a diverse collection of texts including: book-length non-fiction, Canadian literature, essays, films, popular non-fiction, novels, modern plays, poetry, short stories, and visual / multimedia texts.

The six strands of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing will be integrated throughout the course, with an emphasis placed on clear communication and improvement of the student’s particular language needs and capacities.

English 30-1 AP (ELA3105)

Credits: 5
Pre-requisite: ELA 20-1 AP, or 80%+ in ELA 20-1 and an interview

English 30-1 AP is the final course in the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition program. Culminating in both the 30-1 Diploma examination, and then (if the student chooses) the Advanced Placement Exam (fees apply).

There is a strong Critical/Analytical writing focus, and students will be asked to read University level literary texts. In an exploration of the notions of The Dream, students will explore and individual’s quest for the ideal, exploring the fragile hope of the American Dream and even the Nightmares in Shelley’s “workshop of filthy creation.”

English Language Arts 30-1 (ELA3105)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 20-1
Required for: Alberta High School Diploma

This course is designed for students who intend to pursue post-secondary studies at a university and offers a diverse collection of texts including: book-length non-fiction, Canadian literature, essays, films, novels, modern plays, poetry, Shakespearean plays, short stories, and visual / multimedia texts.

Students who achieve marks under 65% in English 20-1 may find this course difficult.

The six strands of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing will be integrated throughout the course, with an emphasis placed on literary analysis and critical evaluation.

Students in this course will write an Alberta Education Diploma Exam valued at 50% of their final grade.

English Language Arts 30-2 (ELA3104)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 20-1 or 20-2
Required for: Alberta High School Diploma

This course is designed for students who intend to pursue entrance into post-secondary programs at colleges or technical institutes and offers a diverse collection of texts including: book-length non-fiction, Canadian literature, essays, films, popular non-fiction, novels, modern plays, poetry, short stories, and visual / multimedia texts.

Students in this course will write an Alberta Education Diploma Exam valued at 50% of their final grade.

Not all post-secondary institutions accept ELA 30-2 for entry. See note under English 20-2 descriptor for clarification.