English Courses
 
 
 
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
English – Academic
 
ENG2D
 
 
English – Applied
ENG1P
ENG2P
 
 
English – Workplace Preparation
 
 
ENG3E
ENG4E
English – University
 
 
ENG3U
ENG4U
English – College
 
 
ENG3C
ENG4C
Media Studies
 
 
 
 
Presentation and Speaking Skills
 
 
EPS30(S)
 
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course
 
 
 
OLC40
Studies in Children's Literature
 
 
 
ETS4U
The Writer’s Craft
     
EWC4U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENG2D        English, Grade 10 Academic
Prerequisite:        English 1D or ESLEO or Placement Assessment
Recommended: All ENG2D students are strongly advised to take BTT20 unless they have already acquired basic computer skills.
This course is designed to expand oral communication, reading, writing and, media literacy skills.
Topics of Study:
-         Essay Writing:Students are required to write multiple essays, including one on the final examination.
-         Short Stories: Students will learn and apply literary terminology and analyze short stories.
-         Poetry: Students will learn and apply poetic terminology and to analyze poems.
-         Shakespearean Drama: Students will view, read, and study Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
-         Novel Study: Students will learn literary analysis as they read Orwell’s Animal Farm.
This course prepares students for ENG3U.
 
ENG1P        English, Grade 9 Applied
Prerequisite:        Placement Assessment
Required:   ENG1P students will be encouraged to take BTT20.
This course helps students to develop the basic reading and writing skills that they will need for the workplace and for English 2P. This course also prepares them to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.
Topics of Study:
-         Read short stories, poems, a short novel, information articles, and how-to instructions
-         Write sentences, paragraphs, a newspaper article, a summary, and a series of connected paragraphs that express an opinion
-         View and understand a documentary film 
-         Understand the elements of a suspense feature film
-         Create promotional advertising for a feature film
-         Prepare for the OntarioSecondary School Literacy Test
This course prepares students for ENG2P.
 
ENG2P        English, Grade 10 Applied
Prerequisite: ENG1P, ESLDO or Placement Assessment
Recommended: All ENG2P students are strongly advised to take BTT20 unless they have already acquired basic computer skills.
This course helps students to continue the development of foundation English skills so that they will be prepared for the college and workplace preparation courses. Students will have the skills needed to achieve success on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.
Topics of Study:
-         Read short stories and poems, and understand their elements
-         Effectively read and understand a novel and recognize techniques that novel writer's use
-         Effectively read and understand of Information Articles
-         Use the writing process to write effective sentences, narrative and descriptive Paragraphs, and a Series of Five Paragraphs that Express an Opinion
-         View and understand the elements of a documentary film
-         Plan a scene for a documentary film
-         Understand the role of the hero in feature films
-         Prepare for the OntarioSecondary School Literacy Test
This course prepares students for ENG3C or ENG3E.
 
ENG3E         English for the Workplace
Prerequisite: English 2P, ESLEO, placement test, or teacher's recommendation
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that are needed to communicate effectively in today's business and workplace settings.
Topics of Study:
-         Clear and correct communication
-         Reading comprehension
-         Careful and critical thinking
This course prepares students to advance to ENG4E or apply their skills in a workplace setting.
 
ENG4E         Workplace Preparation
Prerequisite:        ENG3E or Placement Assessment
This course provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge and communication skills necessary for the workplace and in their everyday lives. The course emphasizes literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Topics of study:
-         Use correct workplace language
-         Develop skills in vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
-         Write assignments, such as outlines, memos, summaries, reports, and short essays
A media unit and an independent research project are also required
 
ENG3U        English, Grade 11 University Preparation
Prerequisite: ENG2D, or Placement Assessment
This course prepares students for ENG4U. 
Topics of Study:
-         Essay Writing: Students will review the essay writing process with a view to exploring a variety of techniques.
-         Students are required to write a total of three or four essays, which include in-class, take home, and exam essay questions.
-         Short Stories: Students will read, analyze and write a literary essay on a short story.
-         Drama:  Students will read Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and complete a culminating activity for this unit.
-         Shakespearean Drama: Students will view, read, and study Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
-         Novel Study: Students will apply literary analysis to one of the following Canadian novels: Obasan, The Wars, A Jest of God, The Handmaid’s Tale, Life of Pi.
-         Summative Task
This course prepares students to work at a university level of English.
 
ENG4U        English, Grade 12 University Preparation
Prerequisite:        ENG3U
This is the final mandatory English course for university-bound students. 
Topics of Study:
-         Read and analyze a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures
-         Study the elements of fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction
-         View and analyze significant media works
-         Write analytic and argumentative essays
This course prepares students for university admission at almost every OntarioUniversity.
 
ENG3C        English, College
Prerequisite: ENG2P, ESLEO, or Placement Assessment
This course prepares students for ENG4C and senior levels of study and will be useful to students in the workplace. It encourages self-confidence in reading with understanding, in writing with skill, and in thinking.
Topics of Study:
-         Read and respond with precision to a variety of forms:
-         Short stories, poetry, biography, and drama selections
-         Text: Passages: Literature and Language,
-         Novel study: April Raintree and/or Of Mice and Men
-         Write with clarity and skill: grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation
-         An introduction to the five-paragraph essay
-         An Independent Project connected to the course novel
This course prepares students for ENG4C. ESL students wishing to go to college take this course after ESLE0.
 
ENG4C        English, Grade 12 College Preparation
Prerequisite: ENG3C
This is the mandatory course for all students who wish to attend college. It emphasizes literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills, using practical assignments and exercises from the OCDSB English 4C “Exemplar Booklet” for students going to college or to the workplace.
 Topics of Study:
-         Read and analyze informational texts, a novel, and a play
-         Writing activities, which will include research reports, business letters, summaries, advertisements, newspaper articles and short analytical essays
-         Writing activities, which will include research reports, business letters, summaries, advertisements, newspaper articles and short analytical essays
-         Other assignments include: a required summative task, analysis of several videos
The course prepares students for college entrance or the workplace. The course prepares students for college entrance or the workplace.
 
EPS3O(S)      Presentation and Speaking Skills
Prerequisite:        None
This course is specifically designed for ESL students wishing to improve their oral communication skills.
Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to plan and make effective presentations. They begin to speak effectively in both formal and informal settings, and use a variety of visual aids (charts, posters, transparencies, etc.) to clarify meaning and enhance presentations.
Topics of study:
-         Analyze speeches, interviews, and surveys
-         Produce formal and informal speeches
-         Present or participate in speeches, recitations, interviews, discussions, and storytelling
-         Learn and practice the basics in the English pronunciation system
-         Learn vocabulary and language structures to assist in making clearer, more effective oral presentations
This course will prepare students to speak effectively in order to make effective presentations.
 
OLC40        Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course
Prerequisite:ENG1P or ENG1D
Recommended: Students who are in grade 10 are eligible to take this course or may choose to write the test in the spring.
This course teaches the basic reading and writing skills that students need to demonstrate that they are literate. When you successfully complete this course, you will have met the provincial literacy requirements for your graduation diploma (OSSD).
Topics of Study:
-         Read and understand information articles and graphic selections from magazines, newspapers, and the internet, how-to instructions, and narratives
-         Plan and write a short information article for a newspaper, a magazine, or the internet, a series of paragraphs that express an opinion and summarize information articles
-         Organize a Literacy Portfolio that keeps track of completed work. Students monitor their progress, and collect samples of best writing in their portfolio.
This course prepares students to meet the Ontario literacy requirement for graduation.
 
ETS4U       Studies in Children's Literature
Prerequisite: ENG3U 
Students will analyse a range of forms and etylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project.
Topic of Study:
-         Themes, genres, time periods, or countries.
This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism.
 
EWC4U       Writer’s Craft
Prerequisite: ENG3U (May be taken concurrently with ENG4U)
This course emphasized knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will enjoy producing a range of works using specialized techniques to improve their writing. A major paper will be required.
Topics of Study:
-         Investigate the writer’s craft: analysis of models of effective writing in all genres, including the study of stylistics and rhetoric
-         Practice the writer’s craft: the development of effective writing techniques and peer and self-assessment techniques.
-         Complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers. Students will develop a writing portfolio and submit samples to demonstrate ability to write in various modes.
This course prepares students with a keen interest in writing to study English at university.