CDLI’s English offers the following eLearning courses
- Writing 2203
- English 3201
Writing 2203 is designed to accommodate a range of student interests and abilities. It offers students an opportunity to explore writing as a means of personal expression as well as a method of communication. The course provides opportunities for students to develop a portfolio of written products in the following categories:
- Transactional Writing (e.g., essays)
- Poetic Writing (e.g., poems, short stories, scripts)
- Expressive Writing (e.g., journals, friendly letters)
The course is intended to provide students the opportunity to explore their thoughts and imagination through writing. Creative expression allows for freedom from structured thought and expression. Writing 2203 also offers the opportunity to practise and refine practical, expository writing. The course also enables students to enhance their precision with written expression. The emphasis throughout the course is on the improvement and refinement of students’ writing through extended practice. Students are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the crafting of a range of writing, and to use technology to effectively serve their communication purposes.
Although the major activity in the course is the production of written texts, the course recognizes that other language arts processes (speaking and listening, reading and viewing) are activated as students produce writing in a variety of formats for different audiences. (Adapted from Writing 2203: A Curriculum Guide, Department of Education, 2002).
During regularly scheduled writing classes, students log in to the learning management system, Desire to Learn (D2L). From this system students have access to learning content, the live classroom (Elive), email and discussion tools which allows interaction between their teacher and peers. It is also worthy to note that students have access to their D2L classroom and all its learning tools at any time of day from any location with an internet connection.
- Within the D2L Writing classroom student learning is organized by means of assignment drop boxes, calendars, online quizzes with automatic built in feedback, discussion postings and a multitude of learning materials and resources.
- Students attend regularly scheduled “live” class sessions with their teacher and classmates. In the E-live session students are engaged with course notes, animations, videos, and question strategies. Students are strongly encouraged to become active participants in their learning environment. Within the live session students are able to interact with their teacher and classmates with live chat and audio.
- Online “live” Writing 2203 classes are recorded and posted for students to take advantage of in the event that they may need to review presented materials or if a class was missed. These recordings are available for the entire school year.
Required text: Reference Points 11/12
Students enrolled in Writing 2203 by distance learning are evaluated using a variety of assessment instruments designed to assess achievement of the curriculum outcomes as described in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador English Curriculum Guides.
Below is a description of the assessment instruments and information on how a student’s progress and final grades are calculated and reported.
(Portfolio) Transaction Writing
Research Paper; expository essays; process writing; sentence structure, and grammar
(Portfolio) Poetic Writing
Poetry/expressive writing; Short stories; drama; visuals
- Attendance - Students are expected to attend all classes and a legitimate reason is required if a student is expecting to be absent.
- Late Assignments- If there are extenuating reasons as to why an assignment cannot be handed in on time, students are expected to speak to their teacher in advance.
- Plagiarism - Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and acknowledge all sources. Secondary sources must be cited. To submit work that is not completely your own is plagiarism.
- Class Preparation - Students are expected to come to class with all necessary materials and to have any assigned work completed.
English 3201 is an academic course intended for students whose goals include post-secondary academic study. English 3201satisfies the “honours” requirement for graduation purposes and will be required for entrance into university. English 3201 emphasizes literary texts and is intended to enable students to be analytical and critical readers and viewers and to respond to complex and sophisticated texts orally and through writing and other ways of representing. It is recommended that students complete English 1201 and English 2201 before attempting English 3201.
English 3201 places greater emphasis on exposure to and use of a wide variety of forms, including
- poetry (elegy, epic, sonnet, pastoral, free verse)
- prose (allegory, biography, novels, short stories, literary essays)
- drama (scripts, live drama, modern and classical plays)
- essays, reports, research papers, editorials
- multimedia, electronic mail, Internet texts
Students are required to respond to a wide variety of forms (media, genres) and to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of language and literary forms. Students are expected to
- study and give detailed accounts of complex and sophisticated texts
- be critical and reflective readers of literary texts
- be analytical and critical viewers
- be capable editors of their own and others’ writing
- examine the cultural contexts of works and their creators
- write reflectively, critically, and analytically about the ideas, values, and social effects of their own and others’ texts, crafting written language in a range of forms, polishing stylistic skills, and writing with conviction
- use a variety of communication technologies
During regularly scheduled English 3201 classes, students log in to the learning management system, Desire to Learn (D2L). From this system students have access to a variety of items, including: learning content for the course, the live classroom (Elive), all recorded classes, email, important URL links, course quizzes and discussion tools. Using of these tools inside of the learning management system, D2L, allows for continuous interaction between a student and their teacher, as well as a student and their peers. Please note: Students have access to their D2L classroom and all learning tools at any time of day from any location with an internet connection.
- Within the D2L English classroom student learning is organized by means of assignment drop boxes, calendars, online quizzes, discussion postings and a multitude of learning materials and resources.
- Students attend regularly scheduled “live” class sessions with their English teacher and classmates. In the E-live session students are engaged with course notes, peer sharing and editing, videos, and question strategies. Students are strongly encouraged to become active participants in their learning environment. Within the live session students are able to interact with their teacher and classmates via live chat and audio.
- Online “live” English classes are recorded, labeled by topic and date, and posted for students, in the course content, to take advantage of in the event that they may need to review presented materials or if a class was missed. These recordings are available for the entire school year and can be a valuable tool for the end of the year study for final exams.
Students enrolled in English 3201 by distance learning are evaluated using a variety of assessment instruments designed to assess achievement of the curriculum outcomes as described in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador English 3201 Curriculum Guide.
Assessment activities, tasks, and strategies for English 3201 include, but are not limited to, the following:
- anecdotal records
- audio recordings
- interviews (structured and informal)
- learning logs/journals
- media products
- observation (formal and informal)
- peer assessments
- performance tasks
- seminar presentations
- scoring guides (rubrics)
- work samples
- written assignments
Please note: English 3201, as a third level (Grade 12) academic course, will be subject to external examination as a public exam. Performance on this province-wide examination will account for 50% of a student’s evaluation. As a result, all formal testing/examinations in English 3201 are modeled after the provincial public exam and scored using provincial standards and rubrics. For samples of exams and scoring, please visit http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/evaluation/english3201.html
Echoes 12, Oxford University Press.
Land, Sea, and Time, Book 3. Breakwater Books.
The Theban Plays
Reference Points 11/12, Pearson Educational Publishing
Waiting for Time by Bernice Morgan
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
Away by Jane Urquhart
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
In the Hands of the Living God by Lillian Bouzanne
A Matter of Honour by Jeffery Archer
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
Baltimore’s Mansion by Wayne Johnson