There are two basic aims of senior high school English Language Arts. One aim is to encourage, in students, an understanding and appreciation of the significance and artistry of literature. A second aim is to enable each student to understand and appreciate language and to use it confidently and competently for communication, personal satisfaction and learning. An appreciation of literature and an ability to use language effectively enhance students’ opportunities to become responsible, contributing citizens and lifelong learners while experiencing success and fulfillment in life.
The Senior High School English Language Arts Program of Studies has been revised by Alberta Learning to reflect more appropriate understandings and beliefs concerning student learning and the English Language Arts. The two level courses are differentiated by standard.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-1
ELA 10-1 is intended for students who have demonstrated strengths in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts. Students who achieve 65% or greater in Grade 9 Language Arts and who intend to pursue post secondary education are encouraged to enrol in ELA 10- 1. A mark of 65% at mid-term must be maintained in order to continue with the program. Students who achieve a final mark of 80% or over may choose to proceed to the next level in the AP Program.