Course Description:

This course builds on students’ growing literacy and language skills and extends their ability to communicate in English about familiar and school-related topics. Students will make brief oral presentations; improve their literacy skills through a variety of contextualized and supported reading and writing tasks; distinguish between fact and opinion in short written and oral texts; complete short guided-research projects; and engage in a variety of cooperative learning activities. The course will also enable students to strengthen and extend their study skills and personal-management strategies and to broaden their understanding of Canadian diversity and citizenship.

Listening and Speaking

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken English for a variety of purposes;
  2. use speaking skills and strategies to communicate in English for a variety of classroom and social purposes;
  3. use correctly the language structures appropriate for this level to communicate orally in English.

Reading

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. read and demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts for different purposes;
  2. use a variety of reading strategies throughout the reading process to extract meaning from texts;
  3. use a variety of strategies to build vocabulary;
  4. locate and extract relevant information from written and graphic texts for a variety of purposes.

Writing

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. write in a variety of forms for different purposes and audiences;
  2. organize ideas coherently in writing;
  3. use correctly the conventions of written English appropriate for this level, including grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation;
  4. use the stages of the writing process.

Socio-cultural Competence and Media Literacy

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. use English and non-verbal communication strategies appropriately in a variety of social contexts;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship, and of the contributions of diverse groups to Canadian society;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of and adaptation to the Ontario education system;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of, interpret, and create a variety of media texts.
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