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Manitoba English Language Arts Curriculum is outcome based. This means that students at each grade level participate in lessons that help them to develop & hone their ELA skills – reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing. Students will demonstrate, throughout the course, their capacity to meet grade level outcomes. It is mandatory that students achieve the outcomes for one grade level before enrolling in the next grade level course.
In ELA courses students will encounter a variety of different materials (“texts”) these texts fall into 2 broad categories: aesthetic and pragmatic. Aesthetic texts are those texts that have been created for the purpose of evoking emotion and recreating experiences (novels and poetry). Pragmatic texts are those that have been created with a more practical purpose in mind (advertisements, letters of complaint). 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 with a greater emphasis on critical thinking. Students are involved in group and individual work. The 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-fictional 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. The course content: 30% aesthetic and 70% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is English 20F.
English 40S Comprehensive (1 Credit) ENGC4S
Students study literature and language. The focus is skill development and is intended for students who want a broad range of language experience. Course content: 50% aesthetic and 50% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is any grade 11 ELA credit.
English 40S Literary (1 Credit) ENGL4S
Students analyze modern and traditional literature, poetry, plays, and short movies. The course content: 70% aesthetic and 30% 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 and contemporary materials (eg. research, reports, biographies, and journalism form). The course content is 30% aesthetic and 70% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is any grade 11 ELA credit.
English 40S Language and Technical Communication*(1 Credit) ENCS4S
Students will encounter and practice written instructions, a variety of letter forms, and a variety of informational texts. The course content is 10% aesthetic and 90% pragmatic. The prerequisite for this course is any grade 11 ELA credit.
*SPECIAL NOTE FOR: Language and Technical Communication (1 Credit) ENCS4S
This course can only be used as the primary Grade 12 ELA credit for students working towards a VOCATIONAL DIPLOMA. Students working towards an ACADEMIC DIPLOMA, who wish to take the Language and Technical Communication course, must also take a second Grade 12 English class.