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English Language Arts.

English Language Arts at the 30 level is a graduation requirement for all high school students. Students can follow one of two course sequences (illustrated below). Although the content of the courses is similar, the depth of concept development, the sophistication of textual analysis, and the complexity of text creation are more rigorous in the Dash 1 sequence.

English Language Arts, at the 30 level, is a graduation requirement for all high school students.

In the above diagram, the black arrows denote the typical pathways and preferred transfer points a student follows to progress from course level to course level, with recommended prerequisite grades noted in red. The grey arrows denote potential points from course level to course level.


-1 Stream

English 10-1, English 20-1, English 30-1; 5 credits per course

This course sequence is designed for students with a strong aptitude for both reading and writing. Students must become more and more independent and be willing to rigorously develop the skills associated with critical thinking, expression of ideas in writing and speech, and personal meaning-making in response to literature. Over the three course levels in the -1 stream, students will develop their critical/analytical writing, reading, listening, speaking, viewing, representing, and metacognitive skills. Students can expect that, with each course level, the thematic and structural complexity and sophistication of both the content of the literature studied and the expression and quality of their own ideas and writing will increase significantly. This sequence of courses will provide students with the skills required for entry into post-secondary programs including, but not exclusive to, the Arts, Education, Science, Business, and Engineering faculties. At the end of English Language Arts 30-1, students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.

Prerequisite: 60% or higher in English Language Arts 9.


– 2 Stream

English 10-2, English 20-2, English 30-2; 5 Credits per course

This course sequence is designed for students who are capable English Language Arts students willing to show the effort and skill development required for success. Students must become independent and competent readers and writers as they move upward through the course levels, with guided in-class reading and writing opportunities. Students will be required to learn the technical skills associated with reading with a focus on character context, viewing (the use of visual techniques in narratives), and writing practical, personal, persuasive, and analytical forms. If a student is looking toward entering technical programs, the trades, or other college level programs, the -2 course sequence is an appropriate choice. To complete English Language Arts 30-2, students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.

Recommended Prerequisite: 50-64% in English Language Arts 9.

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English 10i

5 Credits (for English Language Arts 10-1)

This course involves an introduction to both the English IB program as well as an introduction to English at the senior high school level. The course content follows the Alberta curriculum and the assessment criterion is based on the Alberta standard of evaluation. English 10i is a full year course which provides students with the opportunity to enhance their writing skills, critical analytical thinking skills, and presentation skills throughout the year.

Recommended Prerequisite: Honours in Grade 9 English.


Literature HL Years 1 & 2

5 Credits (for both English Language Arts 20-1 and English Language Arts 30-1)

Students explore, interact with, and analyze a variety of works. This involves the intensive study of non-fiction, film, modern plays, novels, Shakespearean plays, and a selection of poetry. English IB encompasses internal and external assessments in both written and oral formats.

The IB exams for Language A Literature Year 2 will be written in May of Year 2, and students will write the ELA 30-1 Alberta Provincial Diploma examination in June.

Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10-1. Recommended Prerequisite: English 10i.


Works in Translation

3 Credits

Students enrolled in Language A Literature must take this course in second semester of their Year 1. Texts for this course were originally written in another language other than English. The focus of the course involves the relationship between culture and context. Students will explore and study these texts through discussion groups and reflective writing assignments.

Corequisite: Literature HL Year 1