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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
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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
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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 be successful in 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
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English 20-2 (5 credits)

English 20-2 offers you  an opportunity to develop and to improve skills for practical application of English language arts in your personal and working life.   You will be exposed  to a wide variety of human experience and values contained in literature and film. Emphasis is on effective spoken and written communication, peer-to-peer communication, and critical thinking as applied to literature and the world around you. This course is intended for students pursuing college diploma programs or most technical trades and/or a general high school diploma.

Recommended prerequisite: English 10-2 or English 10-1
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English 10-2 (5 credits)

In English 10-2, you’ll focus on basic communication skills through the study of short stories, non-fiction, poetry, a modern play, a feature film, a novel, and other texts. Texts will offer you an opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of human experiences and values that will help you explore what makes you who you are and how you fit in this world. The course offers you  an opportunity to develop and to improve skills for practical application of English language arts in your personal and working life.   You will be exposed  to a wide variety of human experience and values contained in literature and film. 

Recommended prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9 Language Arts
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