The writing workshop is designed to aid students in writing assignments they will do during their study at NOVA and equip students encountering writing for the first time with the basic tools they will need to write, as well as build on the previous experience of students who have already been exposed to writing tasks. The workshop will draw from core subjects at the school: English, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities. Additionally, the workshop will provide students with a structured atmosphere in which they will learn various rhetorical modes and purposes.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP and Essay scores Open to grade(s): 9
As a craft, academic writing can be learned, and with time and practice, become refined and stylized. On that note, the principal goal behind this continuation course (from Writing Workshop 9) is to give students the necessary contact time, within and without the classroom environment, for improving on the effectiveness of their written skill and allowing for a greater understanding of what they, as academic writers, need to focus on in their personal development as writers. The Writing Workshop 10 entails the textual analysis essay, the contextual analysis essay, the cultural analysis essay and the position paper. In addition, each student is required to produce a formal, mentor-based research paper at the end of the course.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 9 and Teacher Approval Open to grade(s): 10 Co-enrollment: English 10
In this IB English A: Literature course, the focus is directed toward developing an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promoting the ability to form independent literary judgments. Furthermore, this course is designed to support future academic study by developing a high social aesthetic and cultural literacy, as well as effective communication skills. The course is built on the assumption that literature is concerned with our conceptions, interpretations, and experiences of the world. The study of literature can therefore be seen as an exploration of the way it represents the complex pursuits, anxieties, joys, and fears to which human beings are exposed in the daily business of living. It enables an exploration of one of the more enduring fields of human creativity, and provides opportunities for encouraging independent, original, critical and clear thinking.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 10 and Teacher Approval Open to grade(s): 11 and 12
Language B is a language-acquisition course designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity. Language B is an additional language-learning course designed for students with some previous learning of that language. It may be studied at either SL or HL. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills should be developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts, and should be related to the culture(s) concerned.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 10 Open to grade(s): 11 and 12
Intermediate ELD CREDIT: 1.00
The goal is to improve students’ knowledge of reading, writing, listening, and speaking English. This course's goal is to further boost students' English skills gained in the previous year through English language development, literature, and core course instruction in language arts, social studies, and science. The course is designed to meet the proficiency benchmarks, so that students can succeed in integrating into regular courses.
Restrictions: Class estimate: 15 Pre-requisite(s): MAP score Open to grade(s): 10,11 Co-enrollment: 2 sections of ELD and Basic Science