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Course Descriptions

English 30-1 (5 credits)

English 30-1 is required for entrance into many post-secondary institutions and college programs. The course teaches students how to analyze a variety of texts in order to explore a range of ideas related to human experiences and values. There is an emphasis on critical essay writing and reading complex texts, including Shakespeare and poetry. Because the course is a pre-requisite for university and college, independent thinking, a willingness to dissect abstract ideas in difficult literature, and learner accountability are expected. At the end of the semester, students write the English 30-1 Diploma Examination for Alberta Education.

Recommended prerequisite: 65% in English 20-1, or 70% in English 30-2

English 30-2 (5 credits)

English 30-2 is required for entrance into some post secondary programs and is also a preparation for English
30-1. English 30-2 focuses on building confidence and skill in verbal and written communication. A variety of written formats will be covered as students explore texts that address issues and ideas relevant to daily living and careers. Literacy with a wide range of texts, and effective and competent communication are necessary in all aspects of life. At the end of the semester, students write the English 30-2 Diploma Examination for Alberta Education.

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in English 20-2, or 40% in English 20-1

English 30-1 PREP (5 credits for Eng 20-1)

This course is recommended for students who have taken ELA 20-2 and ELA 30-2 and are interested in taking ELA 30-1 for their post-secondary application requirements. ELA 30-1 is a vastly different and highly demanding course, as compared to ELA 30-2; this PREP course is highly recommended for those students wishing to make the jump from one section to the other. This course will teach you advanced text analysis techniques, reading comprehension strategies and essay writing workshops that you will need to pass ELA 30-1 when you take it the following semester.

***It is important to note that this course is NOT an ELA 30-1 course. You will NOT receive ELA 30-1 credits; you will be credited for ELA 20-1 instead. There is no diploma at the end of this course; however there will be a final exam.

Recommended prerequisite: English 20-2 or English 30-2

English 30-2 / 30-1 Combined - Through Indigenous Worldviews (5 credits)

This course seeks to answer the question of what it might mean to experience the world, in tune with the deepest rhythms of life. It is a course for students interested in Indigenous worldviews, literature, and issues facing Indigenous people in Canada and the world. We recognize Indigenous and non-Western ideologies as alive and existing today, inviting more wholistic ways of understanding and engaging with the world. We will learn from a variety of texts that capture the voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples and investigate what taking an active role in Indigenous issues might look like. This is a course for students willing to embrace challenging points of view and who are looking for a community of learners with whom they can grow as leaders in the school and beyond!

Recommended prerequisite: English 20-2 or English 20-1

English for Academic Preparation (5 credits)

Have you ever thought about how much easier school would be if you had the ability to read difficult text and know what to do when you get stuck? What if you had the ability to know how to write consistently well for any subject? Then ‘English for Academic Preparation’ may be the class you need to help you with reading and writing across core subject areas. This course is designed to provide students with specific reading and writing strategies to apply to a variety of academic contexts. Emphasis will be placed on developing literacy resilience through exploring a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, text organization, author’s purpose, and the academic research process. The main goal of English for Academic Preparation is for students to develop strategies to meet the demands of English Language Arts classes and to be prepared for what is expected at the postsecondary level for reading and writing requirements. Students receive 5 credits for Reading 25.


English 30-1 Diploma Workshop (3 credits)

Quarter 2 and 4

This course is well suited for students currently enrolled in English 30-1 or students who only intend to rewrite the diploma exam. You will have the opportunity to focus on the knowledge and skills demanded of you on the diploma exam. Through review of the critical personal commentary, narrative, critical/analytical essay, test taking strategies, reading assessments, and texts that are effective for the critical/analytical task, you'll refine the strategies and tools you have to perform to your potential.