English Language Arts


Humanities 8 integrates the study of English and Social Studies and is a course that runs for the whole year.  It is designed to develop students' skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and emphasizes both comprehension and composition skills.  Course content includes concentrations on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, mapping, and basic geographical concepts.   A wide range of literature is studied and a workbook supports grammar and composition lessons.


Prerequisite: HUM 8

Students will continue to develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Participation in these experiences is intended to further their understanding and appreciation of English language and literature. 

ENGLISH 10 (ELA--10)

Prerequisite: ELA 9

Commanding a language (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) is essential in an increasingly complex world, as are the appreciation and critical analysis of literature.  Reading, writing, and speaking are developed through an examination of a wide choice of topics. Students will focus on writing as well as the literary analysis of texts and other media sources in order to explore specific themes, periods, and authors. 

This course provides students with individual and collaborative opportunities, to study, create, and use language and produce original pieces. Additionally, the students will have opportunities for performance and public speaking. This course also recognizes the important role of digital literacy and facilitates the effective communication and exchange of ideas both online and in print. 

ELA 10 encompasses the Ministry designated modules for the English Language Arts curriculum: composition, creative writing, literary studies, new media, and spoken language.

ENGLISH 11 (ELA--11)

Prerequisite: ELA 10

English Language Arts 11 combines the five modules of the curriculum—composition, creative writing, literary studies, new media, and spoken language—to deliver a comprehensive inquiry into language acquisition and critical thinking strategies. Students will learn how to write expository and persuasive essays in response to literature, narrative essays that reflect their personal and cultural identities, and personal responses that voice student opinion. They will develop their confidence in their abilities to communicate their ideas both in writing and in speaking.


Prerequisite: Minimum 80% in ELA 10 or with teacher recommendation

ELA 11 Honours is an academic course that parallels the ELA 11 curriculum in an environment enriched by the composition of the class. The course is designed for students who are passionate about the English language, enthusiastic about literature, and dedicated in their work habits to promote an in-depth exploration of the subject matter. Students who enroll in this course are mature learners who will mine for deeper analytical meaning in texts; work collaboratively in group settings, building upon another’s contribution to further their own; and hone their writing skills, both creatively and critically. Through a variety of mediums from composition to performance, students will learn to show a greater depth and breadth of discussion, a stronger effectiveness of argument, and a richer level of insight.

This course is particularly useful to students who plan to take AP English Literature and Composition in their graduating year and/or pursue an English Literature or Language major in their post-secondary education.

ENGLISH 12 (ELA--12)

Prerequisite: ELA 11

ELA 12 is an academic course which continues to help students develop their critical thinking skills through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Engaging in the study of poetry, plays, short stories, and novels, students will analyze what they read, make personal connections, and synthesize a variety of texts. A mandatory Provincial Exam, worth 40% of the total mark, is written at the end of the course.


Prerequisite: ELA 11

This course surveys English literature from the Anglo-Saxon to the modern period.  Students will polish their thinking skills and obtain knowledge of Canada’s cultural heritage through a survey of the major figures of English literature and the times they lived in. Students have the opportunity to examine some of the finest, most provocative literature in the English canon. 

Note: English Literature 12 is an elective course; students must also enroll in ELA 12 for graduation requirements.


Prerequisite: ELA 11

AP English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements through the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Course readings will be accompanied through collaborative discussion and insightful writing.

In May, students will have the OPTION of taking the AP Literature and Composition exam. Those who receive a score of four or higher may be awarded credits for post-secondary English at participating North American universities and colleges.

Note: AP Literature and Composition is an elective course; students must also enroll in ELA 12 in order to fulfill graduation requirements.


Prerequisite for CELA 11: ELA 10

Prerequisite for CELA 12: ELA 11 or CELA 11

Students may be recommended to CELA 11/12 from ELA 10 or ELA 11. CELA is designed to enrich the reading, writing, speaking, and general communicating skills of students who are looking for an alternative learning environment.  The course will explore a variety of mediums and topics: short stories, current events, film, and media to enrich the students’ understanding of language and the ability to communicate their ideas. It focuses on the enjoyment and appreciation of literature and film, writing and vocabulary, as well as the introduction to visual design and business communication.

Students in CELA 12 will write the mandatory Provincial Communications 12 Exam at the end of the course.  The exam counts for 40% of the final mark.

Note: Students need to check with their counselor to ensure that CELA 12 is sufficient for post-secondary plans.