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* will still form the foundation of English Language Arts courses at Lord Byng, key changes compared to the previous curriculum include a greater emphasis on oral language, Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, varieties of media, and expanded definitions of “text.”
* Note: English First Peoples courses will focus more on new media and spoken language. This new focus reflects the modules offered by the new curriculum. English First Peoples may be taken instead of OR in conjunction with the regular English Language Arts course in Grade 10, 11, or 12. (Exception: For Byng Arts students, in order to maintain the cohort model, English First Peoples is available only as an additional elective rather than as a replacement for English Byng Arts.)
Please refer to the Course Planning Booklet for more detailed course information.
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