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English Language Arts

The aim of English language arts is to enable each student to understand and appreciate language, and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning.

-1 vs. -2 Streams

A variety of characteristics, such as family backgrounds, learning experiences, peer relationships, learning styles, and the accompanying changes involved in making the transition to Grade 10, can influence a student’s placement and success in a course.... Student interests will directly influence their future aspirations for post-secondary study as well.  Students who are interested in the study of popular culture and in real-world contexts may prefer to take the ELA 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 course sequence. Students who are interested in the study, creation and analysis of literary texts may prefer to take the ELA 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 course sequence.

~ excerpt from page 7 of Alberta's ELA High School Program of Studies.

Course Pathways

Specialized Course Descriptions

Creative Writing and Publishing 15/25/35

This course is an option course. It does not replace the standard English course pathway. 

Creative Writing and Publishing 15-25-35 is designed for students who are interested in opportunities to write in a variety of genres and to experiment with new ideas, concepts and processes in their writing. This course series provides students with opportunities to explore and learn about various writing markets, prepare their writing for submission and assess how to effectively submit their writing to specific publications. Creative Writing and Publishing 15-25-35 provides opportunities for students to explore possible career interests and pathways that could capitalize on their knowledge, skills and abilities as a writer.