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Program: Languages

Course: ENG4U

Grade: 12

Level: University

Semester: 1, 2017-2018

Teacher Name: Mr. David Vance



This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.

Course Documents

Important Dates and Upcoming Evaluations


  • Tuesday, January 9: Literature Circles meeting #4 (Individual role contributions due at the end of class)
  • Thursday, January 11: Hamlet soliloquies begin. All students must be ready to present on this date. See this assignment for more details.
  • Friday, January 12: Literature Circles reflection paper due at the beginning of class. See here for details.
  • Thursday, January 18: Summative essay due at the beginning of class (see here for details).

Vocabulary words we’re currently working on:

Typically, on Tuesdays and Fridays we will study vocabulary. Students should have sensible definitions recorded for each of these words, and underneath, they should include one sentence of their own creation to demonstrate mastery of its use:

  • commodious
  • debut
  • discomfiture
  • distraught
  • elation
  • elegy
  • feline (adj)
  • flay
  • fraudulent
  • glib

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