English Language Arts

What’s New

English Language Arts K-9 curriculum

Among the key revisions that have been made to the English Language Arts K-9 draft curriculum posted in 2015 are the following:

  • The Big Ideas have been created as understandings that students can arrive at themselves through engaging with the learning standards of the curriculum.
  • The focus of the Curricular Competencies has been clarified by the addition of words in parentheses showing which language arts strands are primarily addressed:
    • Comprehend and Connect (reading, listening, viewing), representing the “receptive” modes
    • Create and Communicate (writing, speaking, representing), representing the “expressive" modes
  • Curricular Competencies reflect a more clearly articulated progression of learning expectations as students advance through the grades.
  • Further Elaborations are included throughout the curriculum. Some Elaborations are repeated across grade levels to avoid prescription and to allow teachers to use professional judgment in selecting specific aspects of Elaborations according to the needs of the learner and the learning context. However, many Elaborations express increasingly elevated expectations across grade levels, showing a continuum of growth.
  • The definitions of “story” and “text” have been minimally revised.
  • The redesigned curriculum includes a greater focus on the importance of identity, culture, and multiple perspectives; the joy of reading a variety of materials, including story and informational text; and First Peoples content, worldviews, and Principles of Learning.

All six of the language arts elements — reading, listening, viewing, writing, speaking, and representing — remain inextricably interwoven in the English Language Arts K-12 curriculum.

The Introduction to the English Language Arts curriculum provides further information about the redesigned K-12 curriculum.

English Language Arts Grades 10-12 curriculum

The English Language Arts 10-12 curriculum is now fully developed, building on the proposal posted in 2015. The curricular elements in the English Language Arts Grade 10-12 curriculum are the same as those in the K-9 curriculum (i.e., Big Ideas, Curricular Competencies, Content, and Elaborations). The learning progression that begins in Kindergarten is therefore continued right through to Grade 12.

The Grades 10-12 curriculum continues to include a choice of English Language Arts 10-12 or English First Peoples 10-12. These two curricula are academically equivalent, and both are accepted for entrance to post-secondary education. The English First Peoples 10-12 curriculum has been revised to align with the Know-Do-Understand model of learning.

All English Language Arts 10-12 and English First Peoples 10-12 courses share a similar structure to ensure that students are equipped with a comprehensive range of language arts skills and abilities, regardless of which options they may take.

To support the range of learning environments, program models, and school structures in secondary schools throughout British Columbia, the English Language Arts 10-12 and English First Peoples 10-12 curricula include:

  • 2 credit course options in Grade 10 to support student choice and exposure to different English Language Arts courses
  • a Grade 12 course (English Studies 12; English First Peoples 12), representing essential learning in English Language Arts, which all students must take, and
  • several different course options in English Language Arts and English First Peoples

Students may take any (2 credit) English Language Arts 10 and any (2 credit) English First Peoples 10 course, but they will only be able to take each course once for credit. Here are a few scenarios to help understand the credit limit in Grade 10 English Language Arts:

  • Grade 10 students MAY take 2 credits of ELA and 2 credits of EFP to achieve the required 4 credits. For example – a student may take ELA Creative Writing 10 and EFP New Media 10.
  • Grade 10 students are NOT permitted to take the same course twice to achieve the required 4 credits. For example – a student may not take ELA New Media 10 for 2 credits and then take it again for another 2 credits.
  • Grade 10 students MAY take ELA New Media 10 for 2 credits and EFP New Media 10 for 2 credits to achieve the required 4 credits as they are distinct courses with unique learning standards.

Students may take the Grade 11 options and the Grade 12 course in either Grade 11 or Grade 12. Students may also take the same option at two different levels — for example, Composition 10 and Composition 11 — to allow them to explore a particular area with greater depth, complexity, and sophistication.

English Language Arts 10-12

The five options for English Language Arts 10-12 are:

  • Literary Studies
  • Composition
  • Spoken Language
  • New Media
  • Creative Writing

English First Peoples 10-12

The four English First Peoples options in Grade 10 are:

  • Writing
  • Literary Studies
  • New Media
  • Spoken Language

The three English First Peoples options in Grade 11 are:

  • Literary Studies and Writing
  • Literary Studies and New Media
  • Literary Studies and Spoken Language

Last updated: January 08, 2018