ELA 9 is a general ELA course designed for the vast majority of Grade 9 students. The course takes an integrated approach to the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, representing and viewing. Much time and effort is spent on fundamental reading and writing skills. A student’s success at the English Language Arts 9 level will have a significant impact on whether a student is eligible to enter ELA 10-1 or ELA 10-2.
ELA 10-1, ELA 20-1, ELA 30-1 (5 credits each)
These courses are designed for students in the academic program. ELA 10-1 is the introductory course in this stream which is intended for the student who wishes to complete his/her academic requirements and attend university. (This stream is also required for some college programs.) Sound reading and writing skills are fundamental requirements. ELA 20-1 reviews literary terminology and techniques, exposing students to varied forms of pragmatic communication. ELA 30-1 is the final phase of the academic Diploma Program, and provides an in-depth study of literary forms and concepts, a higher level of literary criticism, abstract thinking and advanced communication skills. ELA 30-1 students are required to write a Provincial Diploma Exam which determines 50% of their course grade. There is a direct correlation in ELA between maturity and success, so it is strongly advised that students not enrol in ELA 30-1 until their grade 12 year.
ELA 10-2, ELA 20-2, ELA 30-2 (5 credits each)
These courses are for students wishing to complete their General High School diploma. ELA 10-2 is the first course in the -2 stream, which is most appropriate for students who experience difficulties with reading and writing. This stream satisfies requirements for some college programs. ELA 20-2 emphasizes practical communication skills which will serve the student in the world of work. ELA 30-2 is the final course in the General Diploma route, emphasizing skills required in the adult workplace. ELA 30-2 students are required to write a Provincial Diploma Exam which determines 50% of their course grade.