Course Description:

This course provides students with skills and strategies that will allow them to continue their education successfully and pursue pathways to employment that may involve apprenticeship and/or cooperative education programs. Students will communicate orally and in writing on a variety of topics; perform a variety of independent reading and writing tasks; interpret and create media texts; and use a range of media and community resources. This course also expands the critical thinking skills students will need in order to contribute to Canadian society as informed citizens.

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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