English Language Arts


English 8 will be using a new B.C. curriculum.  This course focuses on the connection of seven big ideas to language and communication skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening, storytelling, analysis) through the exposure to, and appreciation of a variety of literary genres: the novel, poetry, short stories, and plays. Using the integrated approach to the teaching of the curriculum, students will be encouraged to explore the connections between what they are learning in English and their other subjects.  For more information, check out: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/english-language-arts/8


English 9 will be using a new B.C. curriculum. This course builds on the big ideas and skills foundations established in English 8. The course covers the genres introduced in English 8 and emphasis is placed on the writing process (writing and recognizing different kinds of paragraphs), reading comprehension, and oral listening skills. An integrated approach is followed, and students make connections to other subject areas.  For more information, check out: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/english-language-arts/9


At Richmond Secondary School, all English 10 students will continue to build on their writing, reading, speaking and listening skills while developing their postive personal and cultural identities, communication and critical thinking core competencies. All English 10 classes will offer a diverse curricula and integrate New Media, Creative Writing and Spoken Language learning standards. All students at Richmond Secondary School will complete the same English Language Arts course.

ENGLISH 10 - Literary Studies and Composition

In Literary Studies 10 all students will explore the literature of a particular era, geographical area, or theme and the study of literature in general. The course allows students to delve more deeply into literature as they explore specific themes, periods, authors, cultures or areas of the world through literary works in a variety of genres and media. In Composition 10, students will work individually and collaboratively to explore and create coherent, purposeful compositions. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and consider a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing. The course builds students’ writing competencies by introducing them to varied structures, forms, and styles of compositions. Students have opportunities to individually and collaboratively study, create, and write original pieces, exploring audience and purpose. Students will develop their craft through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising, including creative expression through language.  


In Grade 11, all students must complete one of the following to meet the 4-credits of English Language Arts 11 required to graduate. After Grade 11, all students will complete English Studies 12 and all Grade 11 options will prepare students equally for English Studies 12. Please note, these courses will only be scheduled if there are enough students enrolled. 


This course will invite students to delve more deeply into literature. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors or areas of the world through literary works, both fiction and non-fiction and in a variety of media. Students will be provided with a lot of choice on literary topics to allow them to follow their interests and their passions. Students will increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts and expand their growth as educated, thoughtful, global citizens. The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others and the world. Similarly, thinking about and questioning what we read, hear and view contributes to our ability to be engaged and active citizens.


This course is designed to support students as they refine, clarify and adjust their written communication through regular practice and revision. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of writing styles as they develop their writing. Students will write original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes, including real-world audiences and this includes narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive and opinion pieces. Students will learn how to cite sources, consider the credibility of evidence and evaluate the quality of reliability of their sources. They will expand their competencies through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to build a body of work that demonstrates expanding breadth, depth, and evidence of writing for a range of situations. They will develop confidence in their abilities as they consolidate their writing craft.


EFP Literary Studies + Writing 11 is designed for students who are interested in studying First Peoples literature and using writing for self-expression and communication in a variety of contexts. Students delve deeply into First Peoples oral and written literature in a range of media to explore various themes, authors, and topics. This provides a foundation for them to think critically and creatively as they continue to explore, extend, and strengthen their own writing. Within a supportive community, students work individually and collaboratively to explore oral and written literature and create powerful, purposeful compositions. Through the study of literature and the processes of experimenting with, reflecting on, extending, and refining their writing, students:

  • extend their capacity to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts

  • deepen their understanding of themselves and the world

  • expand their understanding of what it means to be educated Canadian and global citizens

Learn more at: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/curriculum...

 ENGLISH STUDIES 12*                                                                           

This new course is the required English Language Arts course for graduation. English Studies 12 will build on and extend students’ previous learning experiences in ELA and EFP 10 and 11 courses. It is designed for all students and provides them with opportunities to refine their ability to communicate, read and write effectively in a variety of contexts and to achieve their personal and post-secondary goals; to think critically and creatively about the uses of language; to explore texts from a variety of sources, in multiple modes, and that reflect diverse worldviews; to deepen their understanding of themselves and others in a changing world; to gain insight into the diverse factors that shape identity; to appreciate the importance of self-representation through text and contribute to Reconciliation by building greater understanding of the knowledge and perspectives of First Peoples; and expand their understanding of what it means to be educated Canadian and global citizens.




This course is for students who would like to explore knowledge through a fairly extensive list of literary works, some of which are world literature choices. Oral and written skills are stressed so that students may successfully master university courses. Students completing these courses may get credit for first year university standing. The IB English course is completed over two years.


The second year of the IB English courses is single blocked at a standard level. There is a choice of levels in the grade 12 year only.

Students will receive their IB 12 credit as well as Provincial English 12 credit upon writing the English 12 Provincial Exam.



This course is part of the IB core and is required to achieve an IB Diploma and highly recommended to all students who are going to pursue a university education. One of the main objectives of the course is to give students a forum in which they may question, reflect on, judge, consider, and weigh the validity of the knowledge claims made in each subject area of the curriculum. Students, as the independent thinkers that they have to become, need to address questions such as the following:

How does one make valid, independent choices?

Is the historical knowledge presented in history books accurate?

Does the acquisition of mathematical skills make us better thinkers?

What is ethically proper for me to do?

This is a required course for all students who are on the IB Diploma Program. However, all students with good writing and oral skills, and an inquisitive mind, will benefit from taking this course.

Students who are not doing a IB Diploma are able to get IB credit for it; however, enrollment will only be granted if their is space as first preference will go to full IB Diploma students.