About English

There are 1.1 million words in the English Language, yet no combination of them could possibly explain how extraordinary the English department at LCI really is. Every day the English teachers combine their powers into a single awesome enlightening force. They have transformed English into a barrage of interminable excitement! Poetry and plays, novels and films, form Shakespeare to Beckett, we bask in the greatest literature of all time. In the classroom, literature comes to life; we act, role play, give seminars and reports and usually have an opportunity to bring our artist talents to our projects. We write stories, poems, autobiographies, and essays; we learn to express ourselves in myriad ways. Field trips include attending theatrical productions at places such as Stratford, touring media facilities like the CBC, and listening to visiting authors.

Courses in the English Department

Grade 9

English Grade 9, Applied (ENG 1P1)

This course emphasizes key reading, writing, and oral communication skills. Students will study plays, short stories, novels, newspaper, magazine articles, and novels and will describe and create effective media works. An important focus will be on the correct use of spoken and written language. Course includes preparation for literacy test paragraphing, series of linked paragraphs, with an emphasis on study habits.

English 9, Academic (ENG 1D1)

This course emphasizes analytic reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs. Students will study and interpret texts, including plays, short stories, novels, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works. Course includes preparation for literacy test. Other elements include presentation skills, study habits/learning skills, responding to and reflecting on literature in preparation for grade 10, independent reading, paragraphing and elements of fiction.

English Grade 9, Locally Developed (ENG 1L1)

This course provides foundational literacy and communication skills to prepare students for success in their daily lives, in the workplace, and in the grade 10 LDCC course. This course is organized into strands that develop listening and presenting skills, reading and viewing skills, and writing skills. In all strands, the focus is on developing foundational literacy skills and on using language clearly and accurately in a variety of authentic contexts. Students develop strategies and put into practice the processes involved in talking, listening, reading, viewing, writing, and thinking, and reflect regularly upon their growth in these areas.


Grade 10

English, Grade 10 Applied (ENG 2P1)

This course extends the range of key reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in all areas of the curriculum. Students will study novels, poems, magazines and reports, and will describe and design media works. An important focus will be on the clear and coherent use of spoken and written language. This course includes preparation for EQAO test, speaking skills and essay skills.

English, Grade 10 Academic (ENG 2D1)

This course extends the range of analytic, reading, writing, oral communication, thinking skills and presentation skills that students need for success. Students will study and interpret challenging texts from contemporary and historical periods, including novels, plays, poems, and opinion pieces, and will analyze and create effective media works. An important focus will be on the thoughtful use of spoken and written language.This course includes preparation for EQAO, debating, the formal essay and research skills.

Locally Developed English, Grade 10 (ENG 2L1)

In this course, students focus on extending their literacy and communication skills to prepare for success in their daily lives, in the workplace, and in the English Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course. The course is organized into strands that extend listening and presenting skills, reading and viewing skills, and writing skills. In all strands, the focus is on refining foundational literacy skills and on using language clearly and accurately in a variety of authentic contexts. Students build on their strategies and engage in the processes involved in talking, listening, reading, viewing, writing, and thinking, and reflect regularly upon their growth in these areas.


Grade 11

English - Grade 11 Workplace (ENG 3E1)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. An important focus will be on using language clearly, accurately, and effectively in a variety of contexts.

English Media - Grade 11 Open Course (EMS 3O1)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that enable students to understand media communication and to use media effectively and responsibly. Students develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgement, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course includes a variety of field trips (such as to the NFB) and guest speakers from the media industry.

Presentation and Speaking Skills - Grade 11 Open Course (EPS 3O1)

This course emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to plan and make effective presentations and to speak effectively in both formal and informal contexts, using such forms as reports, speeches, debates, panel discussions, storytelling, recitations, interviews, and multimedia presentations. Students will research and analyse the content and characteristics of convincing speeches and the techniques of effective speakers; design and rehearse presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences; select and use visual and technological aids to enhance their message; and assess the effectiveness of their own and others presentations.

English - Grade 11 College Course (ENG 3C1)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. An important focus is on establishing appropriate voice and using business and technical language with precision and clarity. A variety of literary genres are studied, including poetry, essays, plays and an in-depth novel study.

English - Grade 11 University Course (ENG 3U1)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students analyse challenging texts from various periods. An important focus is understanding the development of the English language and solidifying more advanced writing skills. Students are expected to develop more advanced analytical/writing. An emphasis is on analysing literature through a book club and classroom novel, and independent novel.

World Literature - Grade 11 College/University Course (ETC 3M1)

This course if for students with a special interest in literature. This course examines literature by authors from various regions of the world such as: Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and Asia; as well as marginalized authors living in the western world. Students will study the themes and forms of a variety of texts representative of various cultures and racial ethnicities. Through the texts, students will be able to investigate the various issues facing individuals outside of the western world. Students will read novels, plays, poems and short stories. Students will also complete a major paper as part of a creative analytical independent project.


Grade 12

English - Grade 12 Workplace Course (ENG 4E1)

This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. An important focus will be on using specialized language related to the workplace accurately and coherently in appropriate contexts.

Media Studies - Grade 12 Open Course (IDC 4O)

The expectations and course activities provide a foundation in the knowledge and skills that students need for success in media-related workplace and college programs. This course extends the learning of its prerequisite, EMS 3O, to help students understand how to analyze and create within all the major media. The course allows students to experiment with forms, genres, and languages so they can decide which media forms are appropriate for which audiences and purposes. Students experiment with a variety of roles so they can determine the level and degree of participation they prefer to pursue in their media studies and careers. Students will investigate careers in the media fields of production, design, recording, distribution, film, television and new media, as well as marketing and public relations.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course - Grade 12 Open

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing. Note: Students who successfully complete this course will have met the provincial literacy requirement for graduation and will earn one credit.

English - Grade 12 College Course (ENG 4C1)

This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse informational texts, and literary works from various time periods, countries, and cultures. An important focus is on establishing appropriate voice and using business and technical language with precision and clarity.

The Writers Craft - Grade 12 College Course (EWC 4C1)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing and establishing a portfolio for students looking to write in the workplace. Portfolio development needed for studies in journalism, administration, secretarial work, publishing, etc. Students will investigate models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to write a variety of works; and make considered decisions for improving the quality of their writing. They will also complete a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers. An important element of this course is preparing students for college entrance level examinations which are used as a placement tool by colleges.

English - Grade 12 University Course (ENG 4U1)

This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures; and apply key concepts to analyse media works. An important focus will be on understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussion and argument.

The Writers Craft - Grade 12 University Course (EWC 4U1)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. Studies of various authors, philosophers, childrens' literature and journalism help to offer a range of studies to give students a brief overview of some first year postsecondary courses. The wide variety of literature helps to prepare students for choosing first year university courses by introducing them to a myriad of writing genres in the English academic field. Students will develop a portfolio of different types of writing, which is a requirement for many post secondary institutions.

Studies in Literature and Philosophy - Grade 12 University Course (ETS 4U1)

This course is for students with a special interest in literature and philosophy. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, theorists and theories. Students will study a variety of forms and stylistic elements of literary and philosophical texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also investigate critical interpretations and complete an independent study project. This course broadens the scope of experience in different genres so as to prepare students for post secondary studies in literature and philosophy.

Media Studies - Grade 12 University Course (IDC 4U1)

The expectations and course activities provide a foundation in the knowledge and skills that students need for success in media-related post-secondary educational programs. This course extends the learning of its prerequisite, EMS 3O, to help students understand how to analyze and create within all the major media. The course allows students to experiment with forms, genres, and languages so they can decide which media forms are appropriate for which audiences and purposes. This course allows students to extend their knowledge and participation where they become active and contributing member of the media community. Students experiment with a variety of roles so they can determine the level and degree of participation they prefer to pursue in their post-secondary media studies.