The courses in our department are designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills (as outlined in the Ontario Curriculum Expectations) that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication.
Principals Underlying the English Curriculum
The English curriculum is based on the belief that language learning is critical to responsible and productive citizenship, and that all students can become successful language learners.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve this goal. It aims to help students become successful language learners.
Successful language learners:
- understand that language learning is a necessary, life-enhancing, reflective process;
- communicate – that is, read, listen, view, speak, write, and represent – effectively and with confidence;
- make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them;
- think critically;
- understand that all texts advance a particular point of view that must be recognized, questioned, assessed, and evaluated;
- appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of texts;
- use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities, for personal growth, and for active participation as world citizens.
Among the most popular AP courses, AP English Literature challenges students to read and interpret a wide range of imaginative works. The AP and Pre-AP courses invite students to explore a variety of genres and literary periods and to write clearly about the literature they encounter. On a daily basis, it asks them to read critically, think clearly, and write concisely. By the end of the course, students have cultivated a rich understanding of literary works and acquired a set of analytical skills they will use throughout their lives.
What makes Pre-AP English different from other high school English courses is its additional focus on rhetoric. In promoting writing in many contexts for a variety of purposes, the Pre-AP English course is the place where nonfiction texts and contexts take on an increased roll in the curriculum. Here students think deeply about language as a persuasive tool and about the dynamic relationship of writer, context, audience, and argument.
English Department Teachers
Mr. J. de Melo
Ms. P. MacDonald
Ms. N. Marques Piett
Ms. C. Sargent
Ms. E. Paletta
Ms. S. Smith
Ms. D. Castaldi
Mr. C. Worbec
Ms. M. Walsh
Ms. D. Youshia