Programs & Courses
Jasper Place English Courses
Creative Writing and Publishing 15-25-35
If you dream of winning the Giller Prize one day, Creative Writing and Publishing could be for you. You'll explore a variety of creative writing genres and manage a portfolio of your work as you follow your writing interests and passions.
Film Studies 15-25-35
Film Studies explores film genre, technique, theory, history and world cinema. You'll even build a portfolio of your own films as you become the new Steven Spielberg or Wes Anderson!
In this course, reading and writing activities will help you to develop literacy skills valuable to achieving success in your other course work.
The purpose of the high school English program is to assist you in acquiring the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to meet the everyday requirements of life. You'll communicate confidently and competently, and deepen your understanding and appreciation of literature. English Language Arts courses are required in Grades 10, 11 and 12 and every student must complete English 30-1 or 30-2 to graduate.
Everyone needs to know how to read and write, but English is so much more! There are two aims of the high school English Language Arts (ELA) program: to provide you with an understanding and appreciation of a broad range of texts, and to enable you to use language effectively for a multitude of purposes. ELA focuses on six areas of language arts: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing.
There are two main course sequences in English:
In each course sequence, you can expect to have thought-provoking discussions about a range of genres (including novels, films, short stories, poetry, plays, non-fi ction and much more). Both sequences allow you to engage with the English language in meaningful ways and will open many doors down the road. It is important to talk to your counselors to make sure that your chosen course sequence is opening the doors you need it to.
English 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1 revolve around how you engage with texts and how you express yourself after you have. Students who take this course sequence will spend much of their time studying, creating and analyzing a variety of complex literary texts.
English 10-2, 20-2 and 30-2 allow you to improve your grammar and sentence-building skills through a variety of assignments in functional, creative and analytical writing. Similar to the -1 course sequence, students will engage with a wide range of texts but there will be less emphasis on literary analysis. Both course sequences meet diploma requirements and require that you write a diploma exam upon completion of the 30 level course. Not all post secondary institutions accept English 30-2 for entry, so make sure you’re familiar with entrance requirements for the institutions and programs you’re considering.