In order to differentiate instruction to accommodate the needs of all learners, there are two sequences of English instruction available. English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1, and English 10-2, 20-2, 30-2. Both sequences lead to the achievement of an Alberta High School Diploma. Essentially the difference is in terms of the level of work done. The English 10-1 sequence is required for those students planning on attending university or many post secondary institutes. The 10-2 sequence is designed for students planning to enter the work force. This sequence may not be acceptable as a course at post-secondary institutes.
English 10-1 Honours
English 10-1 Honours is intended for students who have demonstrated great proficiency in their reading, writing and oral presentation abilities. This course develops the requisite skills for meeting the requirements of the Alberta Education English curriculum, while enhancing the program with a more rigorous and culturally diverse experience designed to introduce the students to the specific types of literary analysis, critical writing and speaking skills that will be refined and developed in the IB English program. Recommendation for Success – minimum 80% in Grade 9 English.
English 10-1 is intended for students who have demonstrated strengths in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts. This course develops reading, writing, speaking, listening, and representing skills. The emphasis is on reading and responding to a wide variety of literature. Recommendation for Success – minimum 65% in Grade 9 English.
English 10-2 provides additional opportunities for students to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing. The course is also designed, in part, to concentrate on the development of language arts strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of texts. Recommendation for Success – Students with a mark less than 65% in Grade 9 English should enrol in this course.
English 20-1 IB
English 20-1 IB is designed primarily for those students who successfully completed English 10- Honours and have demonstrated highly advanced reading, writing and oral presentation skills. It is the first course of a two-year IB Higher Level English sequence. Recommendation for Success – 80% in English 10 Honours.
This course continues to develop and refine reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing representing skills. Students will develop both competence and confidence in writing for different audiences and purposes, expanding speaking and listening skills, and becoming more discerning and critical viewers. English 20-1 will give students experience with poetry, short stories, novels, nonfiction, modern drama, and Shakespearean Drama. Recommendation for Success – 65% in English 10-1.
English 20-2 also builds upon the skills presented to students in English 10-2. Students will continue to develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing skills that are so important to life. Students will read and analyze various forms of literature such as poetry, modern drama, short stories, novels and nonfiction, in order to see the value of literature in life as well as to develop clarity, fluency, and correctness in communication skills. Recommendation for Success – Students with a mark less than 65% in English 10-1 or 50% or higher in English 10-2 should enroll in this course.
English 30-1 IB
This course makes p the second semester of the two year IB Higher Level English sequence. Students must also register in English 35 IB to complete this program. Recommendations for Success – 80% in English 20 IB.
This course is the culmination of the academic stream of high school English. Students will hone and refine the skills they have garnered throughout high school in preparation for post-secondary studies. Again the emphasis is on developing the critical skills that will augur future academic success. Reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical viewing skills are combined to demonstrate the importance of effective English. Recommendation for Success – 65% or higher in English 20-1.
This course is the culmination of the general English program in high school. Students in English 30-2 will further refine the important life skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical viewing. The emphasis is twofold: first, to further develop the important English skills requisite to future success and second, to develop in students an understanding of the role of English skills in the important ideal of lifelong learning. Recommendation for Success – Students with less than 65% in English 20-1 or 50% in English 20-1 or 50% or higher in English 20-2 should enrol in this course.
English 35 IB
This course is mandatory for all students taking senior level IB English. It is a continuation of English 30-1 IB and is necessary to provide students with the requisite hours of instruction and assessments required to complete higher level English IB.