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"During English 10-1 in my first quartermester, my favorite unit was the novel, I, not only, enjoyed reading the book, and watching the film adaptation, but the class discussions as well. Both the novel and the movie's important topic of racism and acceptance, has encouraged and increased my interest in books of the same topic, such as The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, and Grown by Tiffany Jackson."  -----Calla Ehrkamp


Program Overview


At the Junior High level, through MYP World School approaches to teaching and learning, we place a focus on enabling students to use language confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communicating, personal satisfaction and learning. Students become confident and competent users of language arts through many opportunities to listen and speak, read and write, and view and represent in a variety of combinations and relevant contexts. Assessments, both formal and informal, help to guide students to achieve to the best of their potential.

At the High School level, Louis offers a multitude of Language Arts courses (12 in total), including the Middle Years program as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. With a focus on preparing young adults for their journey after high school, we strive to develop the communication and critical thinking skills necessary for success in post secondary studies and life long learning.

Program Features


Junior High

MYP LANGUAGE ARTS Language Arts is an active process that begins at birth and continues throughout life. Language development is continuous. Students enhance their language abilities by using what they know in new and more complex contexts and with increasing sophistication. By learning and incorporating new language structures into their repertoire and using them in a variety of contexts, students develop language fluency and proficiency. In the Junior High grades, Language Arts is designed to help students acquire knowledge and develop skills within the Language Arts strands of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing. The emphasis is on reading and responding to a variety of literature; developing competence in writing for different audiences and purposes; gaining confidence and skills in speaking and listening activities; and learning to view critically. The aim of 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.

Thematic units covered in Grade 7 are Identity and Mystery where various short stories and texts are explored. Students will read the novel Same Sun Here, as well as learn about slam poetry and complete a film study. Students also participate in a book club where books focus on the theme of overcoming differences. Grammar, terminology, reading comprehension and writing is covered throughout the units over the course of the year.

Thematic units covered in Grade 8 are Mystery and Suspense, Society, poetry and self-expression, as well as an independent novel study and film studies. Grammar, terminology, reading comprehension and writing is covered throughout the units over the course of the year.

The Grade 9 course utilizes a variety of short stories, poems, non-fiction articles, films, a class novel study and small group book clubs to cover the themes of Identity, Fear, Social Justice and Hope. These are covered with a focus on developing writing techniques to help students achieve excellence in writing essays, narratives and business letters. Grammar, terminology and reading comprehension is covered throughout the units over the course of the year.


Senior High

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At the High School level, Louis offers a multitude of Language Arts courses (12 in total), including the Middle Years program as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. With a focus on preparing young adults for their journey after high school, we strive to develop the communication and critical thinking skills necessary for success in post secondary studies and life long learning.  

You require 3 levels 10 -20 - 30 of English Language Arts to get your High School Completion.

English 10 -1 MYP integrates both language and literature with emphasis on personal, literary, and critical analysis of text. 
Recommended prerequisite: 60% or higher in Grade 9 

English 10-2 MYP offers a variety of text choices to meet the students needs and interests. 
Recommended prerequisite: 60% or higher in Grade 9


English 20-1 IB DP (Literature) Students who desire the opportunity to challenge themselves in the realm of English Language Arts are encouraged to enroll in English 20-I IB; this program extends beyond English 20-1, providing students a forum to express themselves through written, visual and oral creative opportunities that extend above and beyond those encountered in the standard Alberta curriculum. 

Recommended prerequisite: 75% in English 10-1

English 20-1 builds on knowledge and skills developed in English 10-1 MYP. The focus is on critical thinking and writing skills in connection with text that has increasing depth of meaning. 

Recommended prerequisite: 60% in English 10-1 or 80% in English 20-2 

English 20-2 builds on personal connections to text and communication skills from English 10-2 MYP. The focus is on teaching organization and clarity in practical writing situations as well as an appreciation of text. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in English 10-2; 40% in English 10-1. 

English 30-1 IB DP (Literature) continues in a similar direction of discovery, and is accompanied by Works In Translation 35, where learners are presented with the opportunity to examine literature originating in other languages, that have been translated to English; the course focuses on the cultural/ contextual milieu and various global issues that impact textualities. 

Recommended prerequisite: 75% in English 20-1 IB

English 30-1 leads students to a deeper appreciation of text forms and enables them to respond at a level that is both skillful and insightful. Building on critical thinking and writing to prepare students for university level courses.

Recommended prerequisite: 60% in English 20-1, English 20 IB or 80% in English 30-2. 

English 30-2 aims at broadening the understanding of text and improving the writing skills acquired in English 20-2. Internalization of a variety of text forms on personal and global levels, and the ability to articulate this understanding clearly are integral to this course. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% or higher in English 20-2; 40% or higher  in English 20-1.



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Teachers

Junior HighSenior High
Carolyn Fenrich - ILBrent Petryk - DH
Luke FischerPam Aleekuk
Ryan McCarvilleAimée Robert
Aimee RobertAnne Fierheller
Vern SlipetzVern Slipetz




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