Language Department

Curriculum Chair

English - Mr. D. Miller, Mr. R. Druery, Mr. D. Hendriks, Ms. R. Beesley.

The English curriculum is based on the belief that language learning is critical to responsible and productive citizenship, and that all students can become successful language learners.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve this goal. It aims to help students become successful language learners.

Successful language learners:

  • understand that language learning is a necessary, life-enhancing, reflective process;

  • communicate – that is, read, listen, view, speak, write, and represent – effectively and with confidence;

  • make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them;

  • to think critically;

  • to understand that all texts advance a particular point of view that must be recognized, questioned, assessed, and evaluated;

  • to appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of texts;

  • to use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities, for personal growth, and for active participation as world citizens.


In all French as a second language programs, students realize the vision of the FSL curriculum as they strive to:

• use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings;

• learn about Canada, its two official languages, and other cultures;

• appreciate and acknowledge the interconnectedness and interdependence of the global community;

• be responsible for their own learning, as they work independently and in groups;

• use effective language learning strategies;

• become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for active participation as world citizens

Grade Nine Key Texts

Pathway: Locally Developed

Nelson’s Literacy



That Was Then. This is now.


Pathway: Applied

Nelson’s Literacy

Of Mice and Men


Princess Bride


The Hobbit

The Pearl


Pathway: Academic

Nelson’s Literacy

Romeo and Juliet


Animal Farm

The Hobbit

Julius Caesar

Dead Poet’s Society

Of Mice and Men