ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING SUPPORT
English Language Learners are those whose primary language(s) of the home is/are other than English, and who therefore require additional services in order to develop their individual potential within British Columbia’s school system. Some students speak variations of English that differ significantly from the English used in broader Canadian Society and in school.
At LFMSS an ELL specialist teacher works collaboratively with classroom teachers to provide the additional support services needed for these learners to acquire social and academic language fluency in English. This support can be in the form of consultation with the classroom teacher, in-class support from an ELL teacher assistant, or enrollment in adapted ELL courses. An ELL specialist teacher will test the student regularly and determine their annual individual learning plan.
The goal of English Language Learning education is to assist students to become proficient in English, to develop intellectually and as citizens, and to enable them to achieve the expected learning outcomes of the provincial curriculum [at their age/grade level]. Support for ELL students requires attention to language proficiency, intellectual development and citizenship. At LFMSS, such support is provided in a school environment that values diversity, bridges cultures and works to eliminate racism.
For further information or to contact the school ELL School Coordinator Johnson Yang (JYang@sd35.bc.ca) with any questions you may have.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT – AP
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND ENGLISH STUDIES 12
This English course provides students with the opportunity to study the more advanced texts that they would find in a first-year university level English course. Students are taught to read with various critical approaches to literature and they are taught more advanced essay writing skills. As well as completing the learning outcomes for English Studies 12, students will have the opportunity to write the Advanced Placement English Literature exam. Successful completion of this exam will give students credit for first year English at most universities in North America. This course is only open to students who have taken English 11 Literary Focus.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS OVERVIEW
The English Language Arts curriculum is designed to empower students by providing them with strong communication skills, an understanding and appreciation of language and literature, and the capacity to engage fully as literate and responsible citizens in a digital age. Students are guided in their learning to think critically, creatively, and reflectively; to construct a sense of personal and cultural identity; and to be respectful of a range of perspectives and worldviews.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10 – Combinations:
- New Media and Composition
- New Media and Creative Writing
- Creative Writing and Literary Studies
- Composition and Literary Studies
As students read and study a variety of texts, including novels, poetry and films, they will develop their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to express themselves in writing. The composition course introduces students to varied writing structures, forms and styles of compositions such as narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces. Building on the knowledge from English nine, this course teaches students to appreciate the role of narrative and oral tradition in expressing First Peoples’ perspectives, values, beliefs and points of view.
CREATIVE WRITING 10
This course is designed for students who enjoy exploring thoughts and ideas in more creative ways and who would like to become more innovative thinkers. As students read and study a variety of texts, including novels, poetry and film, they will be given assignments that teach them to respond in traditional ways, such as essays, but they will also be given assignments that encourage creative expression. Students will focus on studying how language shapes ideas and how the exploration of texts deepens our understanding of complex concepts, including First Peoples’ perspectives, values, beliefs and points of view.
FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10
Literary studies is for students who are interested in delving more deeply into literature and who want to develop higher level thinking and learning skills. As they explore specific time periods, specific themes and specific authors from a variety of genres, students will improve their literacy skills through close readings of challenging texts. They will learn to respond to text critically to prepare them for more academic writing in the future, and creatively to appreciate the artistry of literature. Students are also given the choice of a range of literary topics to allow them to follow their passion and interests.
NEW MEDIA 10
New Media 10 recognizes that digital literacy is an essential characteristic of the educated citizen and that providing students with a better understanding of how new media affects our society is important. As students read and study a variety of texts, including novels, poetry, film and digital sources, they will be given assignments that teach them to respond in traditional ways, such as essays, but they will also be given opportunities to communicate their ideas through digital media. Students will focus on studying how language shapes ideas, and how the exploration of texts deepens our understanding of complex concepts, including First Peoples’ perspectives, values, beliefs and points of view.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 11
Students must to choose a minimum of one of the following courses below to satisfy the Ministry Graduation Program language arts 11 requirement. Students who are passionate about learning more about English are welcome to take more than one course as an elective. For students interested in taking Advanced Placement English in grade 12 in future years, it is highly recommended that you choose a combination of the Focused Literary Studies and Composition strands.
As students read and study a variety of texts, including novels, poetry and films, they will develop their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to express themselves in writing. Composition 11 is designed to support students as they refine, clarify, and adjust their written communication through practice and revision. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing. The course provides opportunities for students to, with increasing independence, study, create, and write original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and real-world audiences. They will develop confidence in their abilities as they consolidate their writing craft.
CREATIVE WRITING 11
How does conflict shape identity? Students will study a variety of genres including poetry, film, prose, drama, historical fiction, social media platforms and even graffiti as they explore responses to that question. They will improve their analysis of various texts that include traditional forms such as the novel but also emerging forms that include social media, looking specifically at the relationship between form and function. Throughout the courses, students will be invited to express themselves creatively. Students will develop their writing skills for a variety of purposes including fiction, script writing, documentaries, and poetry, but they will also develop the writing skills needed for academic courses.
FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 11
What is the difference between power and strength? How do gender stereotypes affect our behavior? Students will explore these questions and how they are reflected in literature, how they are perpetuated in literature, and how they are sometimes challenged in literature, including the newest forms of literature such as social media. Students will study how literature reflects and shapes the cultures, and it continues to shape the society we live in today. Students will study a variety of texts such as poetry, novels, films, videos, articles and new media sources. Through close readings of challenging texts from a variety of cultures and time periods, including modern day, students in this course will continue to develop higher level thinking, learning and writing skills to help prepare them for more academic humanities courses at the college and university level. This course is recommended for students considering taking AP English in grade 12.
NEW MEDIA 11
This course is for students who are interested in studying the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. Students will study the globalization of the media industry and the influence it has on media users’ perceptions. As students read and study a variety of texts, including novels, poetry and films, they will develop their critical thinking skills, improve their ability to analyze ideas and become more proficient at expressing themselves in writing.
SPOKEN LANGUAGE 11
Spoken Language 11 is designed to support students in their development of spoken communication by introducing them to various structures, forms, and styles of oral compositions such as speeches, presentations, interviews, podcasts, spoken word poetry and oral storytelling. As students read and study a variety of texts, including novels, poetry, film and digital sources, they will be given assignments that teach them to respond in traditional ways, such as essays, but they will also build their spoken language competencies.
ENGLISH FIRST PEOPLES (EFP) LITERARY STUDIES & WRITING 11
EFP 11 is designed for students who are interested in studying First Peoples literature and using writing for self-expression and communication in a variety of contexts. Students delve deeply into first Peoples oral and written literature in a range of media to explore various themes, authors, and topics. This provides a foundation for them to think critically and creatively as they continue to explore, extend, and strengthen their own writing. Within a supportive community, students work individually and collaboratively to explore oral and written literature and create their own compositions.
ENGLISH STUDIES 12
This course, or English 12 First Peoples, is a mandatory course for grade 12 students.
What are the challenges facing our freedom as democratic citizens in an increasingly globalized world? This is the essential question students will explore as they study the influences of media on our beliefs and our culture. Studying film, visual, written and digital texts, the students in this course will work individually and collaboratively to improve their literacy skills and become well educated citizens. This, as defined by the BC Ministry of Education, is someone who is able to think critically and creatively, and someone who is able to adapt to change. It is someone who is tolerant of the multi-faceted nature of our society and motivated to participate actively in our democratic institutions. In order to accomplish this, students will work to improve their ability to think critically about what they read, and improve their ability to articulate and write effectively.
ENGLISH FIRST PEOPLES 12
This course is an optional choice to English Studies 12
This course is grounded in the First Peoples Principles of Learning. It is designed for all students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who are interested in delving deeply into first Peoples oral and written literature and visual texts in a range of media. The course focuses on the experiences, values, beliefs, and lived realities of First Peoples as evidenced in various forms of text, including oral story, poetry, song, performance, film, and prose. The course focuses on historical or contemporary texts created by or with First Peoples.
The following grade twelve English courses are electives:
As students transition from high school to post-secondary institutions they will need to be able to write for specific academic disciplines and professional audiences. In this course, students will learn writing structures and techniques that will help them write their scholarship essays for university, write proposals for a variety of program applications, write lab and business reports, write professional articles and opinion pieces, and write academic essays. We will continue to work on thesis development, transitions and rhetorical strategies that are necessary for various purposes and audiences. This course will also focus on learning how to cite sources for various disciplines, how to evaluate the credibility of sources, and how to consider the quality and reliability of sources, all of which are necessary skills in university writing.
CREATIVE WRITING 12
This course is for students who are interested in pursuing writing as a focus at university, for students who are interested in a career in the film/entertainment industry, or for students who simply enjoy creative expression. Students will refine their creative writing skills as they engage in the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, stories and poems. The course allows students to create a body of sophisticated work that they can use in portfolios for university submission and gives them the opportunity to publish in real-world contexts. Students interested in applying to writing programs at university may use this course when calculating their GPA for admission. Check your university admissions requirements.
LITERARY STUDIES 12
How has our concept of heroes changed over time? How has our relationship with nature changed over the centuries and where is it headed now? Students will explore these questions by studying the most influential texts in English literature and the impact they have had on modern society. Through close readings of challenging texts, students in this course will continue to develop higher level thinking and learning skills to help prepare them for more academic humanities courses at the college and university level. This course also allows students to explore a particular theme, author, time period or genre so that they might follow their own area of interest. Students interested in the humanities may use this course when calculating their GPA for university admission. Check your university admissions requirements.