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)
Three program routes are offered in English
ELA 10-1, 20-1, 30-1
This sequence is intended for students whose educational/career paths require post-secondary entrance.
IB Route: ELA 10 Cohort IB, ELA 20IB, ELA 30IB, ELA 35IB (HL/SL)
This sequence is intended for students whose educational/career paths require post-secondary entrance and who wish to challenge themselves beyond the Alberta Program of Studies or meet international post-secondary admission requirements. Students may earn IB credit at Higher Level or Standard Level, but this choice is made in the final semester during ELA 35IB. A mark of over 80% is recommended to remain in this program.
ELA 10-2, 20-2, 30-2
This sequence is intended for students whose educational / career paths do not require post-secondary entrance; however, these courses are accepted by some post-secondary institutions for some programs. Students who earn less than 65% in ELA 9, ELA 10-1, or ELA 20-1 are strongly encouraged to commit to this program to achieve success.
Since student interest and academic performance sometimes change, it is possible to switch programs with an appropriate grade and teacher recommendation. The best place to make a route or program change is continue from ELA 20-2 to ELA 20-1, so that the student is adequately prepared to attempt ELA 30-1.