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Studying English involves much more than learning how to read and write. The two aims of the high school English Language Arts program are to:
• provide you with an understanding and appreciation of a broad range of texts
• enable you to use language for many purposes English focuses on six areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing.

All students must achieve a minimum of 15 credits in English (including English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2) to obtain a High School Diploma.



English 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1 focus on engaging with various texts and refining the ability to use language to express your comprehension of those texts. 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 students to improve grammar and sentence-building skills through a variety of assignments in functional, creative and  analytical writing. Similar to the English 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1 course sequence, students will engage with a wide range of texts, but with less emphasis on literary analysis.


Both course sequences meet diploma requirements and require you to write a diploma exam upon completion of the 30-level course.

Not all post-secondary schools accept English 30-2 for entry, so make sure you’re familiar with entrance requirements for the programs you’re considering. Talk to your counsellors to make sure your chosen course sequence is right for you.