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The Manitoba English Curriculum is designed to develop and improve the academic skills associated in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing.
The following courses are designed to improve literacy skills not only within the English classroom, but cross-circularly as well. Please note: Students may not be enrolled in multiple grade level courses in one semester.
Some terminology you may want to understand before you read on:
- Literary is the academic understanding of literature, connected to ideas and themes in both an historical and contemporary context within our society- the art of language.
- Transactional is the pragmatic role of communication that is applicable to current fiction and nonfiction forms- the function of language.
ENGLISH 10F/READING IS THINKING 10S | ENGR1F/RITR1S – 2 CREDITS
All grade 9 students will take the both these courses concurrently. Students develop ways to understand and respond to a wide variety of texts.
ENGLISH 20F/READING IS THINKING 20S | ENGR2F/RITR2S – 2 CREDITS
Students will take these courses concurrently. English 20F is a foundations course which commences with a six week reading and writing workshop, moving on to a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature such as novel-study, plays and poetry. Reading is Thinking 20S is designed to enhance students’ basic skills acquired in the foundations course, emphasis is given to reading and representing. Students will participate in both group and individual work environments. Prerequisite – English 10F/Reading is Thinking 10S
GENERAL ENGLISH 30S | ENGC3S – 1 CREDIT
This general course is designed for students who do not plan on post-secondary education. The course will be geared towards pragmatic works (novels, plays and essays articles). The make-up of this course will be 50% Literary and 50% Transactional components. Prerequisite – English 20F/Reading Is Thinking 20S
GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE 40S | ENGC4S – 1 CREDIT
This course is designed for a balanced approach (50% Literary and 50% Transactional) and is designed for students not entering a post-secondary institution. Students will cover a variety of novels, plays, poetry and short stories. They will also study a variety of writing formats that will prepare them for the Provincial Standards Exam at the end of this course. Prerequisite – General English 30S
Note: ESLR4S students must successfully complete an entrance exam prior to registering for this course.
ENGLISH SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY COURSES
ENGLISH SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY (SUP) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM 30S | ENGL3S/ENGT3S - 2 CREDITS
This program is new to DMCI and is designed for students planning to enter a post-secondary institution. This is a full year commitment that will result in two grade 11 credits. Course material will encompass both literary and transactional matter. Students will be exposed to a variety of traditional and modern fiction and non-fiction reading materials, (drama, novels, poetry, essays etc.), as well as a variety of writing forms, and analytical skills. Prerequisite: English 20F/Reading Is Thinking 20S.
ENGLISH SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY (SUP) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM 40S - 2 CREDITS
This is the continuation of the Grade 11 SUP program. It is designed for students planning to enter a post-secondary institution. This is a full year commitment that will result in two grade 12 credits. Grade twelve students will custom design their English program. Students must select from 1 PSE credit (Provincial Standards Exam) and 1 SUP English credit below.
The prerequisite for the program is completion of the Grade 11 English Specialized University course or permission from the English Department Head.
Note: ESLR4S students must successfully complete an entrance exam prior to registering for courses in this program.
SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITY PREPATORY CREDITS (SELECT MIN. OF 1 FROM BELOW)
ENGLISH - MEDIA STUDIES (SUP) 40S | ENLS4S – 1 CREDIT
This course is an intensive study of traditional and non-traditional forms of literature. The focus of the course will be on gaining more insight into the human condition and working with the great themes of literature in both print and media forms. Students will work on both analytical and creative pieces of their own, and will reflect on how literature responds to the changing conditions of society. The course is designed for those students who wish to follow a career in the performing arts, humanities and English related areas.
ENGLISH - DMCEYE (SUP) 40S | ENTS4S – 1 CREDIT
The materials used in this course are primarily non-fiction and contemporary. They include forms such as essays, articles, editorials, biographies, documentaries and other analytical forms. Students will learn how to conduct research and interview techniques. This course is designed for those students whose post-secondary goals include journalism/media, law, architecture, business management, or medicine. Students in this course will be responsible for the monthly publication of the DMCeye School Newspaper.
ENGLISH – UNIVERSITY PREP 40S (SUP) | ENCS4S – 1 CREDIT
This course emphasizes the technical communication process found in the post-secondary environment. The focus of the course is to transform high school writing into the formal expository style writing required for success in university. The materials used in this course come from a variety of sources such as interviews, manuals, research journals and documents.
PROVINCIAL STANDARD EXAM CREDITS (SELECT MIN. OF 1 FROM BELOW)
ENGLISH TRANSACTIONAL (SUP) 40S | ENGT4S – 1 CREDIT
The emphasis of this course is on non-fictional materials (interviews, feature articles, reports and proposals.) Students will complete the Provincial Standards Exam at the end of this course. (30% Literary and 70% Transactional)
ENGLISH LITERARY (SUP) 40S | ENGL4S – 1 CREDIT
This course is designed for those students who enjoy working with traditional literature including novels, drama, short stories and poetry. Non-fiction material is included. Students will complete the Provincial Standards Exam at the end of this course. (70% Literary and 30% Transactional)