English

Four years (4.0 credits) of English are required for graduation.

Course title: English 9
Credit: 1.0
Pre-requisite: None
Grade level: 9
Course description: In this course, students will look at literature and consider what has occurred in literature as a conversation. No literature, film, or art happens in a vacuum. Social forces manifest themselves in art, and we will examine how literature is positioned by these forces or helps us to understand these forces. And from this we ask ourselves, why these works may be relevant today. Themes generated through our examination, will be considered in multiple genres, including non-fiction, fiction, television, media, newspaper, and film. This course will work within a defined structure, but will allow for the interests of the cohesive group as well as individuals. In this course, we will focus on exploration of literature through discussion and the connections that arise from these discussions. Students discuss and write. We discuss the literature we are reading so that we can better understand the text and the concepts which we study in English literature. We write about what we have read, and we will rewrite what we have written.

Course title: English 10

Credit: 1.0
Pre-requitsite: English 9
Course description: This course takes as its foundation a variety of genres, including poetry, drama, the short story, the novel, and the essay. Students focus closely upon the novel as an art form. Although the works of literature and the thematic content of the course vary from year to year, readings always include a balanced and varied selection from British, American, and world authors. Skills emphasized are: formal written and oral communication, close analysis, and critical and creative thinking.

Course title: HL/SL English Literature A1

Credit: 1.0
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Course description: The English Literature A1 course introduces students to the analysis of literary texts. The course is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of English literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature, and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication.

Course title: HL/SL English Literature and Language A1

Credit: 1.0
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Course description: The English Literature and Language A1 course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non literary genres. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption. The course is organized into four parts, each focused on the study of either literary or non-literary texts. Together, the four parts of the course allow the student to explore the English through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and also the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy.

English Language Learners

Course title: English Language Learners (ELL)

Grade level: Grades 9, 10
Credit: 1.0
Pre–requisite: None
Course description: ELL is designed to meet the needs of Non-English speakers as well as Low Limited speakers. Classes are taught by and ELL teachers to concentrate on vocabulary, basic grammar skills, and confidence. The small class sizes allow students varied opportunities to use the English language in a low risk environment. When students have mastered basic interpersonal skills (BICS) they are ready to be mainstreamed in content areas for more demanding academic tasks. Students usually complete this level in one or two years.
Note: This course does not count as an English credit for graduation. It can count as an elective credit.

English for Academic Purposes

Course title: English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Grade level: Grades 9, 10
Credit: 1.0
Course description: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is designed for Limited and Intermediate speakers to ensure academic success in the core curriculum. Core courses teachers collaborate with ELL teachers in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. This allows the ELL teacher to continue to assess student strengths and weaknesses and to assist teachers and parents in the development of a plan to meet individual student needs.
Note: This course does not count as an English credit for graduation. It can count as an elective credit.

 
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