English

English language courses are designed to help students achieve the general and specific curriculum outcomes as described in the Department of Education’s Public Schools Program (PSP). These outcomes are organized under the headings of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing, Writing and Representing. All of these language processes are inter-related and teachers employ various learning and assessment strategies which address numerous outcomes at one time.

Courses

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English 10 English Communications 11
English 11
Advanced English 11
English Communications 12
English 12: African Heritage
English 12
Advanced English 12

English 10

Academic1 credit

The English 10 curriculum emphasizes proficiency in the use of oral and written language through the examination of a variety of texts such as novels, plays, poems as well as films. From time to time, students may be asked to respond to text by representing their thoughts in such forms as visual arts, drama, music or video. This grade 10 course is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of students’ backgrounds, abilities, and interests. Students are given the chance to make some choices in selecting topics or works to explore. Some literature is studied collectively as a class and students are also required to choose independent books that are suited to their individual abilities and interests.

English 10 students will write the Nova Scotia Exam.

English Communications 11

Graduation1 credit

English Communications (ECM) courses at both 11 and 12 grade levels are intended for students who are not university-bound but who intend to go to a post-secondary school such as Nova Scotia Community College. The focus of the reading and writing components shifts to a more employment-based emphasis. ECM courses are intended to prepare students for life-long learning by engaging them in practical and interesting learning experiences closely related to their lives and to the world which they will experience as adults. In order to help the students to meet the literacy demands of the outside world, ECM courses deal with texts which reflect real-life situations, career choices and a broad range of social and cultural issues. These courses are intended to help students develop intellectually, socially and emotionally. There is flexibility within the ECM program to allow students to move to academic courses when that is deemed appropriate.

English 11

Academic1 credit

This course is intended for students whose goals include post-secondary academic study. Students in this course will continue to examine a variety of texts such as novels, short stories, plays, poems as well as films in an analytical way in order to improve their oral and written communication skills thus extending the experiences of English 10. This course has an emphasis on text which is intended to enable students to become critical and reflective readers, and to become capable editors of their own and others’ writing. Students in this course will continue to read, write, view and speak in a variety of contexts to help them develop their own thoughts and to communicate those thoughts effectively to others.

Recommended Prerequisite: English 10

Advanced English 11

Advanced1 credit

Students who decide to take Advanced English 11 should receive written recommendations from their grade 10 English teacher to do so. At the advanced level students are required to deal with sophisticated texts and to involve themselves in tasks that work toward the upper end of the Public Schools Programs, English Language Arts outcomes. This is a very demanding course which includes both contemporary and non-contemporary literature as well as an awareness of the development of language itself. Students who choose to take this course are advised that the reading load is very time-consuming and demanding, and that it remains this way throughout the duration of the course. There is a definite expectation that all major writing assignments reflect a great deal of precision, research, reflection and critical analysis. Students will have many opportunities to write imaginatively and to develop their oral skills through frequent class presentations, animated discussions and occasional debates.

Recommended Prerequisite: English 10 and recommendation of the grade 10 English teacher and prior approval of the Department Head

English Communications 12

Graduation1 credit

English Communications (ECM) courses at both 11 and 12 grade levels are intended for students who are not university-bound but who intend to go to a post-secondary school such as Nova Scotia Community College. The focus of the reading and writing components shifts to a more employment-based emphasis. ECM courses are intended to prepare students for life-long learning by engaging them in practical and interesting learning experiences closely related to their lives and to the world which they will experience as adults. In order to help the students to meet the literacy demands of the outside world, ECM courses deal with texts which reflect real-life situations, career choices and a broad range of social and cultural issues. These courses are intended to help students develop intellectually, socially and emotionally. There is flexibility within the ECM program to allow students to move to academic courses when that is deemed appropriate.

English 12: African Heritage

Academic1 credit

The students taking this course very often intend to go to university to further their academic pursuits. This course offers grade l2 students various perspectives of the African/Black experience through a variety of texts. English 12: African Heritage speaks to African/Black culture represented in the texts for students who have a desire to discover and understand global Black experiences. Through a variety of literary genres, English 12: African Heritage engages students in independent reading with follow-up projects, papers, discussions, and class presentations.

This course fulfills the provincial English 12 graduation requirement.
Recommend Prerequisite: English 11 or Advanced English 11

English 12

Academic1 credit

The students taking this course very often intend to go to university to further their academic pursuits. This course is a continuation of the kinds of writing and speaking done in English 10 and 11, with more attention paid to the style of literature studied as well as the development of a student’s own writing style. Students are given increased opportunities to demonstrate their ability as thoughtful, critical readers/viewers of literary and other texts. Effective argument is emphasized in both speech and writing.

Recommend Prerequisite: English 11

Advanced English 12

Advanced1 credit

This course extends the approaches outlined in Advanced English 11. This is a very demanding course which requires an intensive study of a variety of contemporary and noncontemporary works. Students will read extensively and will do a substantial amount of both critical and imaginative writing. There is a definite expectation that all major writing assignments reflect a great deal of precision, research, reflection and critical analysis. There is an emphasis on the development of sustained argument similar to that in Advanced English 11. Independent study is an important component of this course, as is the student’s participation in both formal and informal presentations and in class discussions generally.

Advanced English 12 students write the Nova Scotia Exam.
Recommended Prerequisite: Recommendation of the teacher of Advanced English 11 or English 11 and the prior approval of the Department Head.