Intermediate ELD 9 CREDIT: 1.0
This course empowers the students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics, read a variety of texts adapted for English language learners, and expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures using sentences to compose paragraphs and essays. During the second semester, students read simple novels and dramas and are introduced to elements of fiction and literature analyses.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 9
Intermediate ELD 10 CREDIT: 1.0
This course provides modified learning of literacy and literature aimed at meeting students’ strengths and interests. The course will train students to read, listen, view, speak, write, and present with fluency and clarity. Students make meaningful connections to texts, and the world around them. They are encouraged to think critically. The course prompts students to appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of different texts and cultures. This course empowers students to use language conventions correctly, increase their vocabulary and apply correct grammatical concepts to appropriate sentence structures.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 10
English 9 Regular CREDIT: 1.0
Students are introduced to a broad view of world literature; including various genres, which cover short fiction, novels, poetry, drama, and the essay. Formal grammar includes basic parts of speech and extends to more complex usage. Vocabulary study and development are integral parts of the curriculum. Students are introduced to literary terms and taught literary and rhetorical analysis techniques. The writing component of the class is expository in nature and builds from the sentence and paragraph to include the five-paragraph, thesis, research paper, and use of academic citation styles.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 9
English 9 Honors CREDIT: 1.0
Students are introduced to the main literary genres and inherent features, literary devices used by authors to enhance those features, writing techniques, and grammatical principles. Students are also prompted to read extensively and respond to various topics in writing. In addition to the mastery of the language, students are induced to develop a love for reading and literature, to use critical and creative thinking skills, and develop personal sense of elegance in both writing and speaking.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 9
Writing Workshop 9 CREDIT: 1.0
The course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers through drafting in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays) about a variety of subjects followed by several stages or drafts, with revision aided by teachers and peers. An important facet of this course is developing research skills, as well as the ability to evaluate and use primary and secondary sources. Students learn to cite sources using a recognized editorial style (e.g., Modern Language Association, The Chicago Manual of Style, etc.).
Open to grade(s): 9
English 10 Regular CREDIT: 1.0
Students further examine how writers use language to provide meaning and pleasure. Students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, and the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. This approach to close method involves the experience, interpretation, and evaluation of literature. Readings correspond to three types of writing: writing to understand a literary work, to explain a literary work, and to evaluate a literary work. Through active reading students further learn how to make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections, and draw inferences from these connections leading to a conclusion about the meaning and value of a piece of writing.
Pre-requisite(s): English 9 Open to grade(s): 10
English 10 Honors CREDIT: 1.0
Readings in this course recognize cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and class diversity, and might be considered controversial. This course carries on from English 9 Honors to more demanding expectations. The experience interpretation, and evaluation of literature correspond to 3 types of writing: understanding a literary work, explaining a literary work, and evaluating a literary work. Writing and rhetorical analysis are integral ways to reinforce students’ critical reading and analysis skills. Instruction includes attention to organizing ideas in a clear, coherent, and persuasive language. Reading and writing are taught together in order to underscore both their common and distinctive elements and how these support each other.
Pre-requisite(s): English 9, and a teacher recommendation Open to grade(s): 10
English 11 Regular CREDIT: 1.0
This course introduces students to a broad view of American Literature including short fiction, novels, poetry, drama, and essays. Students are empowered to use critical and creative thinking skills, to develop fluency and clarity in both writing and speaking. Through the close reading and analysis of selected texts, this course helps students further deepen their understanding of studied literary works. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The instruction includes developing writing skills through expressing ideas in a clear, coherent, and persuasive language with strict adherence to language conventions and grammatical structures.
Pre-requisite(s): English 10 Open to grade(s): 11
English 12 Regular CREDIT: 1.0
Senior-year English studies great works of classic and contemporary world literature. Perennial questions about our existence, morality and meaning are explored through the eyes of fictional and real characters. Students learn to ask original questions, empathize with experiences different from their own, seek out multiple strategies to resolve conflict, to collaborate with others, seek information, reflecting and learning from experience. Students prepare for the Internet-based TOEFL test, including standardized test taking strategies while enhancing strengthening their reading, speaking, listening, and writing of English.
Pre-requisite(s): English 11 Open to grade(s): 12
English 12 Honors CREDIT: 1.0
This is for students who have completed the more advanced English language and literature courses on offer and are conversant, prolific academic writers, well-versed in close reading and analysis of fiction and non-fiction. Students will be allowed to choose their own “literature of merit”, namely, non-commercial fiction for insightful personal oral and written analysis. Through the Independent Reading and Research Project (IRRP) students select six novels (three per semester to be approved by the teacher) to read and independently complete a research paper. Writing focuses on critical analysis of literature (expository, analytical, and argumentative essays). The goal is for students to explain clearly, cogently and elegantly their understanding of literary works and why they interpret them as they do.
Pre-requisite(s): English 11, and a teacher recommendation Open to grade(s): 12
IB English A Language and Literature SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
(First Examinations 2013): This course is comprised of four parts, two related to the study of language and two to the study of literature. The study of texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and how we see and understand the world. Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the use of language, structure, technique and style, how context influences meaning and how perspective influences textual reading. Students compare and contrast the elements, content and context of texts and how to substantiate and justify ideas with relevant examples. Additionally, students evaluate conflicting viewpoints within and about a text. At HL only, students produce a critical response evaluating aspects of text, context and meaning and write a balanced, comparative analysis.
Pre-requisite(s): English 10, and a teacher recommendation Open to grade(s): 11, 12
IB English B HL CREDIT: 1.0
Language B is a two-year language acquisition course designed for students with some previous experience of the target language. Students further develop their ability to communicate through the study of language, themes and texts. Through this students develop conceptual understandings of how language works, appropriate to the level of the course. This course may be taken at both HL and SL, with the expectation that students extend the range and complexity of their language use and understand diverse text types, as well as accommodate register and style to different occasions. Students continue to develop vocabulary and grammar skills, as well as conceptual understanding of how language works, to construct, analyse and evaluate arguments on a variety of topics relating to course content and the target language culture(s). The main focus is on three skills that students are expected to acquire within the two-year frame: Receptive, Productive, and Interactive. All of the assessment tasks are graded Internally (IA) or Externally (EA) in the second year.
Pre-requisite(s): English 10, and a teacher recommendation Open to grade(s): 11, 12