English Department

Overview of all available English courses

Grade 8-12 Courses Outlines


Burnaby North’s English Department offers a variety of language arts courses to help students to understand and appreciate English language and literature. We offer both compulsory courses required for graduation and elective courses that allow students to deepen their study of literature and writing.  We encourage students and their families to consider all the choices available.

English courses are designed to help students develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking/listening and viewing/representing. In all English courses a variety of resources are used to promote skills and strategies for reading and to develop proficiency in oral and written communication.

We also encourage all our students to read for pleasure outside of school. Research has shown that students who consistently read for pleasure do better in English AND in school in general.  We recommend reading for at least thirty minutes each day.

Program Information

Brochures

English Department Organization

The English Department is the largest department at Burnaby
North as every student must take at least one English course. The department
typically includes 15-20 teachers who each teach a wide variety of required,
support, honours, and elective courses.

At the beginning of the year, English teachers begin usually the year by
introducing/reviewing the course expectations and department policies. While
individual teachers may have additional expectations/policies, the course
objectives and evaluation policies are the same for all required courses
no matter who is teaching the course. Every English student will receive
a copy of these expectations and policies in September and should keep them
in their English binder at all times. Parents/students may also view the
expectations and policies handouts online further below this page.

Enrichment Activities

We encourage students to express themselves in their writing
and to enter contests which interest them. We periodically receive contest
information. While we do not sanction any particular contests, we try to
pass relevant information onto our students. Contest information is posted
on the bulletin board in the English Wing. We are also providing copies
of the information we received electronically here.

Ms Cowley’s Class Sites:

All: http://mscowley.pbworks.com

AP Students: http://apcollabspace.pbworks.com

Sign-up for your Independent Reading Project

Ms LeBlanc’s Classes- Blog

https://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/leblancc/


English Overview

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Download the department brochure (.pdf)
English courses are designed to help students develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking/listening and viewing/representing. In all English courses a variety of resources are used to promote skills and strategies for reading and to develop proficiency in oral and written communication.

Grade 8 Courses

  • English
  • English Honours
  • English Adapted

Grade 9 and 10 Courses

  • English
  • English Honours
  • English Adapted

Grades 11 and 12 Courses

  • English 11 and 12
  • Communications 11 and 12
  • English Literature 12 Honours (for gr. 11 English Honours students)
  • Advanced Placement Literature 12 (for gr. 12 English Honours students)

Grades 11 and 12 Electives

  • Academic Reading and Writing 12
  • Composition 11
    • Required course for students taking English Language Adapted 10 / English 11 — Semestered
  • Literature 12
    • Provincially Examinable
    • AP pre-requisite for English Honours students in Grade 11
  • Writing 12
    • May be taken in Grade 11; a creative writing course

English Language Learner (ELL) Programme

All students in the ELL Program are tested to determine their English levels upon entrance to the program and on an annual basis. Each student’s program is tailored to develop the English skills necessary for academic success.

Courses offered:

  • ELL (Level 1)
  • ELL (Level 2)
  • English Language Development 8/9 (Levels 3 & 4)
  • English Language Adapted 10 (Levels 3 & 4)
  • English Language Adapted 10 / English 11 — Semestered
  • Language Adapted Social Studies 8-10

English Department Course Outlines

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Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12