English

We believe that advanced 21st century literacy is the key to lifelong success. We endeavor to help students read analytically, write effectively, speak confidently, listen actively, and think critically.
 
The development of boys’ critical thinking skills is a priority for our English teachers. Close reading and careful analysis of a variety of literary and media texts empower our students to decode and construct meaning out of the variety of messages they will encounter in their daily lives.
 
In addition to fostering students’ skill development, we challenge our boys to experience literary and media works of consequence—that’s why we integrate works from the canon of international literature into the curriculum alongside significant contemporary works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, and media. Our teachers work as a team to select texts that are age and grade appropriate, culturally relevant, and appealing.
 
Creativity is celebrated in the English classroom at St. Andrew’s. Students write short stories, experiment with poetry, or try their hand at script writing, and they are encouraged to share their work with the extended SAC community by publishing their work in the arts & literary magazine or on our web site. We also encourage students to take calculated risks with analytical work and essay writing, knowing that thinking beyond the box and scratching beneath the surface will provide them with the tools to produce more complex and engaging writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.
 
We believe that a process-based approach to writing is more effective than a product-based one. Students are frequently provided with the opportunity to have their work in progress assessed by both their peers and teachers to help with their revision, and our work in the classroom is complemented by the additional support students have available in the Writing Centre.
 
Our students shine on the stage. They regularly practice public speaking and debate. In addition to participating in our own annual public speaking events, our boys compete in local, national, and international competitions and tournaments; they perform in our annual Slam Fest poetry competition, and they produce and perform plays in our Focus Festival of the Arts.
--Fraser Cowell 

COURSES

ESL PROGRAM AT ST. ANDREW’S COLLEGE

The ESL program at St. Andrew’s consists of two courses, ESL 1 and ESL 2, as well as extra help after school hours. All ESL students are required to take the English course for their grade level; in addition, students in grade 9 that the faculty determines need extra ESL support will be enrolled in ESL 1 and those in grade 10 in ESL 2. While in the ESL program, students will be placed in one of the following five levels of study, ranging from beginner (ESLAO) to advanced (ESLEO), and given the tools and encouragement to hone their language skills for success in high school. The units in each course contain a grammar component designed to enable students to work at their own pace to improve their grasp of English, and consist of an online set of lessons and practice materials, in-class lessons using writing and reading resources, and unit tests for all levels. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of new concepts on oral and written tests to proceed to the next lesson or unit. For reporting purposes, evaluation will be based on a student’s most recent level of grammar study. In order to graduate from the ESL program, students must complete the ESLEO grammar course.
 
Note: Each course affords students the ability to earn one OSSD credit, but to earn the OSSD and graduate, all students must complete ENG4U (grade 12 English). If further assistance is required, Upper School students may choose to attend ESL Plus or The Writing Center, free support services for individuals or groups. Teachers may also assign individuals to attend either on a temporary or permanent basis. Students desiring tutoring can make appropriate arrangements through the Learning Resource Specialist.
 
  • ESLAO

    This course builds on students' previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.
  • ESLBO

    This course extends students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners; expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to compose paragraphs. The course also supports students' continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new province and country.
  • ESLCO

    This course further extends students' skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues.
  • ESLDO
    Prerequisite:  ESL Level 3 or equivalent

    This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens.  Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects.  They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts.
  •  ESLEO 
    Prerequisite:  ESL Level 4 or equivalent

    This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively.  Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts.
  • English, Grade 9, Academic 
    ENG1D 
    Prerequisite: None

    This course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepare students for the grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in grades 11 and 12.
  • English, Grade 10, Academic 
    ENG2D
     
    Prerequisite: English Grade 9, Academic or Applied

    This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory grade 11 university or college preparation course.
  • English, Grade 11, University Preparation 
    ENG3U 
    Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic

    This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory grade 12 university or college preparation course.
  • Presentation and Speaking Skills, Grade 11, Open
    EPS3O 
    Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic

    This course emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to plan and make effective presentations and to speak effectively in both formal and informal contexts, using such forms as reports, speeches, debates, panel discussions, storytelling, recitations, interviews, and multimedia presentations. Students will research and analyse the content and characteristics of convincing speeches and the techniques of effective speakers; design and rehearse presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences; select and use visual and technological aids to enhance their message; and assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ presentations.

    Note: This course is designed for students who have completed ESLDO and ESLEO and who are relatively new to the English language.
  • Presentation and Speaking Skills, Extended French, Grade 11, Open
    EPS3OF
    Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic, FEF2D, Extended French Grade 10

    This course emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to plan and make effective presentations and to speak effectively in both formal and informal contexts, using such forms as reports, speeches, debates, panel discussions, storytelling, recitations, interviews, and multimedia presentations. Students will research and analyse the content and characteristics of convincing speeches and the techniques of effective speakers; design and rehearse presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences; select and use visual and technological aids to enhance their message; and assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ presentations.

    Note: This course is taken concurrently with FEF3U
  • English, Grade 12, University Preparation
    ENG4U
    Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

    This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace. 
     
    After many years of study in this discipline, students are called upon to display their all-round skills and knowledge of the English language. A major component of this course is the essay: students read, analyse, and respond to many writings in many styles; they write their own pieces, finishing with a major paper researching a Canadian novel. In addition, students will survey the major writers from Chaucer to Eliot; look at contemporary fiction, poetry, and drama; expand their vocabulary by several hundred words; and write a short story. It is a busy, productive, and vital year.
  • AP English, Grade 12, University Preparation
    ENG4UP
     
    Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation with >= 80% or permission of the Department Head

    In the AP Language and Composition component of the course, students will focus primarily on non-fiction texts and context. Students will think deeply about language as a persuasive tool and about the dynamic relationship between writer, context, audience and argument. Students are required to take the AP Language and Composition exam on the date determined by the College Board. A mock AP exam will count for the course’s final exam and will serve to prepare students for the AP exam held in May. 

    AP work will be assessed on the bases of the College Board’s AP expectations and Ministry work will be evaluated on the bases of Achievement Chart Categories which take into consideration four key areas of academic achievement: Knowledge, Thinking and Inquiry, Communication, and Application. Course work will be worth 70% of the final grade, a summative evaluation will be worth 15%, and the exam will count for 15% of the grade.
  • The Writer’s Craft, Grade 12, University Preparation 
    EWC4U 
    Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

    This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.
     
    One of the primary goals of this course is to expose students to a wide range of writing opportunities, and to equip them for situations they will encounter in the years to follow. In addition to technical writing skills and academic writing, there will be many chances for students to explore the world of creative writing. During the year we will experiment by writing short fiction, poetry, drama, journalism, and a variety of different personal essays. This course is both challenging and fun.
St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 3H7 Canada
Tel: 905-727-3178