Welcome to the St. David Communications Program Area

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Please find below a flow chart and course descriptions for all the courses in Communications.

 


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English – Grade 9 Academic ENG1DI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 9
 

English – Grade 9 Applied

ENG1PI
This course is designed to develop the key oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will read, interpret, and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on identifying and using appropriate strategies and processes to improve students’ comprehension of texts and to help them communicate clearly and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 applied English course, which leads to college or workplace preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 9
 

English – Grade 9 Essential

ENG1LI
This course prepares students for Grade 10 Locally-developed English (ENG2L). It provides foundational literacy and communication skills to students for success in their daily lives and in the workplace. The course is organized by strands that develop listening and talking skills, reading and viewing skills, and writing skills. In all strands, the focus is on developing foundational literacy skills and in using language clearly and accurately in a variety of authentic contexts. Students reflect regularly upon their growth in these areas.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Essential GRADE: 9
 

English – Grade 10 Academic

ENG2DI
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.
COURSE NOTE: NOTE: Taking this course having completed ENG1PI (Grade 9 Applied English) is not recommended. Please talk with your Guidance Counsellor if you would like to pursue this.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: ENG1DI – English or ENG1PI – English or ENG2DI – English
 

English – Grade 10 Applied

ENG2PI
This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will study and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and processes that help students interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: ENG1DI – English or ENG1PI – English
 

English – Grade 10 Essential

ENG2LI
In this course, students focus on extending their literacy and communication skills to prepare for success in their daily lives, in the workplace, in the English Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course (ENG3E), or in the English Contemporary Aboriginal Voices, Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course (NBE3E). The course is organized by strands that extend listening and talking skills, reading and viewing skills, and writing skills. In all strands, the focus is on refining foundational literacy skills and in using language clearly and accurately in a variety of authentic contexts. Students reflect regularly on their growth in these areas.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Essential GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: ENG1DI – English or ENG1PI – English or ENG1LI – English, Essential
 

English – Grade 11 University

ENG3UI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ENG2DI – English
 

English – Grade 11 College

ENG3CI
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from Canada and other countries, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 college preparation course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ENG2DI – English or ENG2PI – English
 

English – Grade 11 Essential

ENG3EI
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of contemporary informational, graphic, and literary texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical purposes. An important focus will be on using language clearly and accurately in a variety of formal and informal contexts. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 workplace preparation course.
COURSE NOTE: Please note that though this is a Workplace destination course there are some Colleges, like Mohawk College in Hamilton, that have programs that you can apply to.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Workplace GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ENG2PI – English or ENG2LI – English, Essential
 

English – Grade 12 University

ENG4UI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ENG3UI – English
 

English – Business & Technological Communication – Grade 12 Open

EBT4OI
This course emphasizes practical writing and communication skills that are needed in the world of business and technology. Students will analyse the characteristics of effective models of business and technical communications; gather information to write reports, business letters, memos, manuals, instructions, and brochures; and integrate graphics and text, using technology appropriately for formatting and special effects. They will also make a number of oral and visual presentations
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
 

English – The Writer’s Craft – Grade 12 University

EWC4UI
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.
COURSE NOTE: NOTE: If is recommended that you have already taken ENG4UI before taking this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ENG3UI – English or ENG4UI – English
 

English – Grade 12 College

ENG4CI
This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college or the workplace.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ENG3CI – English or ENG3UI – English
 

English – Grade 12 Essential

ENG4EI
This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. Students will analyse informational, graphic, and literary texts and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for workplace-related and practical purposes. An important focus will be on using language accurately and organizing ideas and information coherently. The course is intended to prepare students for the workplace and active citizenship.
COURSE NOTE: Though this is a Workplace level course there are some Colleges, like Mohawk College, that have programs available for you to apply to.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Workplace GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ENG3EI – English or ENG3CI – English
 

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course

OLC4OI
This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open GRADE: 12
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Please contact your Guidance Counsellor if you need to take this course.

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Beginning Communication in English, ESL Level 1 ESLAOI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open GRADE: 9
 

English in Daily Life, ESL Level 2

ESLBOI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: ESLAOI – Beginning Communication in English, ESL Level 1
 

English for School and Work, ESL Level 3

ESLCOI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ESLBOI – English in Daily Life, ESL Level 2
 

Study Skills in English, ESL Level 4

ESLDOI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ESLCOI – English for School and Work, ESL Level 3
 

Bridge to English, ESL Level 5

ESLEOI
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ESLDOI – Study Skills in English, ESL Level 4
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French – Grade 9 Academic FSF1DI
This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Core French program, and will apply creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent
French – Grade 9 Applied FSF1PI
This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French in structured situations, with a focus on everyday topics, and to apply their knowledge of French in everyday situations. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills introduced in the elementary Core French program, through practical applications and concrete examples, and will use creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent
 

French – Grade 10 Academic

FSF2DI
This course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about personally relevant, familiar, and academic topics in real-life situations with increasing independence. Students will exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others in guided and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: FSF1DI – Academic French or FSF1PI – Applied French or FSF1DN – POST-INTENSIVE – Academic French
 

French – Grade 11 University

FSF3UI
This course offers students extended opportunities to speak and interact in real-life situations in French with greater independence. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as their creative and critical thinking skills, through responding to and exploring a variety of oral and written texts. They will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: FSF2DI – Academic French
 

French – Grade 12 University

FSF4UI
This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of French language skills. Students will consolidate their oral skills as they discuss literature, culture, and current issues. They will read a variety of texts and will write a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: FSF3UI – Core French

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Spanish – Level 1 LWSBOI
This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their oral communication skills in the language of study, increase their confidence in using the language in practical situations, and continue to investigate related career opportunities. Students will be involved in activities that promote the use of the language in real-life situations. They will also continue their exploration of the culture of countries where the language under study is spoken. Although students will continue to expand their vocabulary and repertoire of language structures, the language they will use at this level will still be simple.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open GRADE: 10