Welcome to Lord Byng's English Department
Each English course consists of six sub-skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing design in a critical thinking framework. By completion of high school, students should have acquired the skills required for post-secondary options. Each English course requires habitual reading outside of class, the patience for revision and accuracy, open-mindedness, and willingness to participate. The goals of English are to develop a proficiency in communication and a lifetime appreciation for language and texts in multiple modes and media.
BC has transitioned into the new provincial curriculum. Underpinning every English course are the “Big Ideas” that text and story deepen our understanding of complex ideas, our identity, and our world; that people understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives; that texts are socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed; and that language shapes ideas and influences us. While literary studies and written composition still form the foundation of English courses overall at Lord Byng, key changes compared to the previous curriculum include more attention to oral language, Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, varieties of media, and expanded definitions of “text.”
English First Peoples options are offered starting at the Grade 10 level. English First Peoples courses carry the same weight for graduation requirements as do courses in the regular English stream, but English First Peoples places an even stronger emphasis on spoken language and Indigenous texts.
- For students in the Main School:
- In Grades 10, 11, and 12, students may take English First Peoples instead of OR in conjunction with English courses in the regular stream.
- For students in the Byng Arts Mini-School:
- In Grade 10, English First Peoples is available only in conjunction with, rather than as a replacement for, English 10 Byng Arts. This is to maintain the cohort model until at least Grade 10.
- In Grades 11 & 12, English First Peoples is available to Byng Arts students to take instead of OR in conjunction with other English courses (i.e., English 11 & 12 Byng Arts; English 11 Literary Studies; English 12 AP Prep).
Please refer to the Course Planning Booklet for more detailed course information.
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