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Holy Trinity Catholic High School

128 Evergreen Hill Road, Simcoe, ON

519-429-3600

English

Introduction

The goal of the English program within a Catholic education is to encourage each student to find and value his/her own voice and reach his/her full potential. 

Course Descriptions

Grade 9, English, Locally Developed (ENG1L) 

This course emphasizes the key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills students need for success in secondary school and in their daily lives. In particular, the program works toward preparing students to enter the grade eleven course in Workplace English and/or grade 9 Applied English and to complete the literacy test successfully. Students read a variety of narrative and expository forms, poetry, and drama and practise the skills necessary for clear and accurate spoken and written language. In particular, course activities will help develop confidence and self-esteem and provide motivation to succeed in school life. 

Grade 9, English, Applied (ENG1P) 

This course emphasizes key reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school and their daily lives. Students will study plays, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, and will describe and create media works. An important focus will be the correct use of spoken and written language. The opportunity to enrich the meaning of a piece of literature presented by an understanding of its interconnectedness with our scriptural background is fundamental to Catholic education. 

Grade 9, English, Academic (ENG1D) 

This course emphasizes the analytic, reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives. Students will study and interpret texts from contemporary and historical periods, including short stories, poems, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works. An important focus will be the correct use of spoken and written language. The opportunity to enrich the meaning of a piece of literature presented by an understanding of its interconnectedness with our scriptural background is fundamental to Catholic education. 

Grade 9, English as a Second Language ESLAO 

This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada. 

(Note: There are various levels of ESL depending on the student’s proficiency with English. Each child will be assessed to make sure they are in the right level)

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