Course Details
Course Code


OSSD Credit Value



Placement via initial assessment or ESLD ESL Level 4


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.

Overall Course Expectations

Throughout this course, students will learn the following:

A1 demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken English for a variety of purposes;
A2 use speaking skills and strategies to communicate in English for a variety of classroom and social purposes;
A3 use correctly the language structures appropriate for this level to communicate orally in English.
B1 read and demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts for different purposes;
B2 use a variety of reading strategies throughout the reading process to extract meaning from texts;
B3 use a variety of strategies to build vocabulary;
B4 locate and extract relevant information from written and graphic texts for a variety of purposes.
C1 write in a variety of forms for different purposes and audiences;
C2 organize ideas coherently in writing;
C3 use correctly the conventions of written English appropriate for this level, including grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation;
C4 use the stages of the writing process.
D1 use English and non-verbal communication strategies appropriately in a variety of social contexts;
D2 demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship, and of the contributions of diverse groups to Canadian society;
D3 demonstrate knowledge of and adaptation to the Ontario education system;
D4 demonstrate an understanding of, interpret, and create a variety of media texts.

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Ministry of Education Curriculum

This is an OSSD credit course that has been developed based on the following Ontario Ministry of Education documents

  • English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12, 2007
  • Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools (2010)

Resources required by the student

  • A scanner, smart phone camera, or similar device to upload handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A front-facing camera on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device to allow for proctoring over the internet
  • Internet access and a modern standards-compliant web browser
All course content is accessed online.

Assessment & Evaluation

The assessment and evaluation strategies of our school follows the Ministry of Education's Growing Success document. Growing Success articulates the vision the Ministry has for the purpose and structure of assessment and evaluation techniques.
Assessments help to monitor student progression and provide reflection and feedback. Evaluation is the process of judging the quality of student work in relation to the achievement chart categories and criteria, and assigning a percentage grade to represent that quality. Evaluation is based on gathering evidence of student achievement through:

  • Products
  • Observations
  • Conversations

The Final Grade

  • The evaluation for this course is based on the student's achievement of curriculum expectations and the demonstrated skills required for effective learning. The final percentage grade represents the quality of the student's overall achievement of the expectations for the course and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the achievement chart for the discipline. A credit is granted and recorded for this course if the student's grade is 50% or higher. The final grade will be determined as follows:

    70% of the grade will be based upon evaluations conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade will reflect the student's most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration will be given to more recent evidence of achievement. 30% of the grade will be based on final evaluations administered at the end of the course. The final assessment may be a final exam, a final project, or a combination of both an exam and a project.