English Language Arts (ELA) is more than reading and writing. ELA involves:
- Communicating effectively in various places for many different audiences and reasons
- Selecting appropriate forms, structures and technology for a variety of contexts
- Understanding, appreciating and creating a broad range of texts (including multi-media, visual, oral, and print)
Program Course Sequence
English Language Arts (ELA) at Lord Beaverbrook focuses on the development of thoughtful interpretation, clear communication, and engaged interest in literature, self-reflection, and the essential questions about the world. Students will demonstrate increasing competence and confidence in their use and understanding of language. The Alberta English Language Arts Program of Studies requires the following five general outcomes in all ELA programming sequences:
- Students will explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.
- Students will comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual and multimedia forms and will respond critically and creatively.
- Students will manage ideas and information.
- Students will create oral, print, visual and multimedia texts which will enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
- Students will respect, support and collaborate with others.
All ELA programming sequences include the following:
- Feature the six language arts: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing.
- Encourage metacognition, self-assessment, and student collaboration and teamwork.
- Emphasize correct and effective communication in a variety of formats, including communication for pragmatic purposes.
- Emphasize a definition of “text” that includes oral, print, visual and multimedia forms