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Manitoba English Language Arts Curriculum is outcome based: every year students demonstrate their capacity to meet grade level outcomes. At each grade level students participate in lessons that help them to develop & hone their ELA skills – reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing. It is mandatory that students achieve the outcomes for one grade level before enrolling in the next grade level course.
In ELA courses the various reading materials and written forms that students encounter fall into two broad categories: aesthetic and pragmatic.
Aesthetic texts are created for the purpose of evoking emotion, recreating experiences and exploring language (poetry, short stories, novels). Pragmatic texts are created with a practical purpose in mind, such as: telling a news story or selling a product (proposals, brochures).
Different ELA courses focus on these two types of texts to different degrees.
In order to graduate, students are required only to complete one grade level ELA course per grade. Entry into some post-secondary programs may require more than one grade 12 level ELA credit. Students are encouraged to check with their guidance counsellors for details about program requirements.
English 20F (1 Credit) ENGR2F
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of texts. Course content: 50% aesthetic and 50% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is English 10F.
English 30S Comprehensive (1 Credit) ENGC3S
This course aims at developing evaluation skills and a more mature point
of view. Students are asked to consider style and place greater emphasis on critical thinking. Students are involved in group and individual work. Course content: 50% aesthetic and 50% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is English 20F.
English 30S Transactional (1 Credit) ENGT3S
This course focuses on pragmatic forms of reading and writing, such as: letter writing, non-fiction texts and media literacy. It is designed for students who would prefer to read a true story rather than fiction and who prefer practical applications of ELA. Course content: 30% aesthetic and 70% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is English 20F.
English 40S Comprehensive (1 Credit) ENGC4S
This course focuses on a broad range of texts: fiction and non-fiction. Students analyze literature and explore various forms of writing. Course content: 50% aesthetic and 50% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is any grade 11 ELA credit.
English 40S Transactional (1 Credit) ENGT4S
This course focuses on the study of non-fiction. Students engage in research, write reports and improve the clarity of written communication. Course content: 30% aesthetic and 70% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is any grade 11 ELA credit.
English 40S Literary (1 Credit) ENGL4S
This course focuses on the study of works of fiction. Students analyze modern and traditional literature, poetry, and plays. Course content: 70% aesthetic and 30% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is any grade 11 ELA credit.
English 40S Language and Technical Communication*(1 Credit) ENCS4S
This course focuses on everyday uses of writing: from e-mail to business proposals. Students practice writing instructions, various letter forms, and informational texts. Course content is 10% aesthetic and 90% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is any grade 11 ELA credit.
NOTE: This course may be used as the sole Grade 12 ELA credit for students working towards a TECHNICAL DIPLOMA. Students working towards an ACADEMIC DIPLOMA may only take this course as a second Grade 12 ELA credit.