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DISCIPLESHIP AND CULTURE (ESL) HRE1OS
This course engages students in the examination of the Christian narrative as revealed in Sacred Scripture. Students are invited toa deeper understanding of both the joy and the demands of living out the call to discipleship as it is described in the Scriptures. Students explore discipleship as encountered in the Sacred Tradition of the Church (Sacraments, Liturgical Year and Church Teaching and Law), as part of their ongoing personal growth and faith understanding. Students explore Catholic rituals, teaching, practice, morals and values, and virtues to facilitate a healthy and covenantal relationship with self, God and with others. Using theological reflection, they are challenged to explore the connections and disconnections of ethical concepts (euthanasia, abortion, sexuality, etc.) between the Church and contemporary culture. The course focuses on encouraging students to know and love by following in the footsteps of Jesus. As they learn of his words and deeds, they discover the importance of prayerfully serving the community to bring about the Reign of God.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
The scriptural story which frames our Catholic faith provides the framework for student exploration of contemporary issues of Christian living. Students are encouraged to deepen their understanding of their relationship with God and neighbour working out of the wisdom of the Scriptures and Catholic Social Teachings. Themes from creating communities of peace, cultural proficiency, Aboriginal Education, the Equity and Inclusive Education strategy will be woven into the course.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
ISSUES IN CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY (ESL) CGC1PS
This course focuses on current geographic issues that affect Canadians. Students will draw on their personal and everyday experiences as they explore issues relating to food and water supplies, competing land uses, interactions with the natural environment, and other topics relevant to sustainable living in Canada. They will also develop an awareness that issues that affect their lives in Canada are interconnected with issues in other parts of the world. Throughout the course, students will use the concepts of geographic thinking, the geographic inquiry process, and spatial technologies to guide and support their investigations. Through the study of current geographic issues affecting Canadians, Catholic learners as reflective, creative and holistic thinkers will solve problems and make responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good. This value of creation is important to the study of Geography in Catholic schools. This course enables students to act as responsible citizens, giving witness to Catholic social teachings.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AppliedGRADE: 9
ISSUES IN CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY (ESL) CGC1DS
This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems
interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place to live.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
Through examination, evaluation and application of knowledge about the interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world, students will develop the necessary skills for the development of a just and compassionate society. This course will promote the dignity of humankind and emphasize
the students’ responsibilities as caregivers to God’s physical and human creation.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 9
SCIENCE (ESL) SNC1DS
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
This course will help students address the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectation that they become reflective and creative thinkers who create, adapt, and evaluate new ideas in light of the common good.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 9
CIVICS AND CITIZENSHIP (ESL) CHV2OS
This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local,
national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
While exploring rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society, students are given the opportunity to solve problems and make responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good. As responsible citizens, students give witness to Catholic social teachings while applying the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process in their decision-making.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: OpenGRADE: 10
CAREER STUDIES - ESL GLC2OS
This course teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and community involvement. Students will assess their interests, skills, and characteristics and investigate current economic and workplace trends, work opportunities, and ways to search for work. The course explores postsecondary learning and career options, prepares students for managing work and life transitions, and helps students focus on their goals through the development of a career plan.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
Through various activities, assignments, and reflections, the learner will come to a deeper understanding of who they are and the gifts, talents, and abilities God has blessed them with. As they deepen their knowledge, students will gain insight into the ways in which God wants them to use these gifts. Students will examine a variety of potential occupations through the perspective of job satisfaction, and moral and ethical standards.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: OpenGRADE: 10
CHRIST AND CULTURE (ESL) HRE2OS
This course both invites and challenges the adolescent to personalize the Gospel values and social justice principles that guide Catholics in understanding their role in shaping culture as disciples of Jesus. Students will explore such foundational topics as: what it means to be human, created in God’s image, what is culture, Christ and culture, living together in solidarity, social justice, prayer and sacrament, friendship and intimacy. Connections between the living Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible Christian adolescent in a secularized, pluralistic world.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
This course challenges students to reflect upon the person and message of Jesus and what this has to say for living in an increasingly secularized society, By raising important questions about their faith, students will be led to a deeper understanding of their relationship with God and neighbour.
COURSE NOTE: This course is offered only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 10
SCIENCE (ESL) SNC2PS
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and static and current electricity.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
Through the study and reflection of science students can grow in an awareness of the amazing awe and wonder of the greatness of God’s Creation and will recognize their responsibility to make sound moral decisions of the right use of resources in order to care for and protect our planet earth. Through career exploration the students will think critically about the meaning and purpose of work, find meaning, dignity and fulfillment in it as well as the need to contribute to the common good through their work.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AppliedGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1P1 - SCIENCE or SNC1D1 - SCIENCE or SNC1DS - SCIENCE (ESL)
CANADIAN HISTORY SINCE WORLD WAR I (ESL) CHC2DS
This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different groups in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on Canadian identity, citizenship, and heritage. They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1914.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
While exploring social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different groups in Canada since 1914, students will be given opportunities to examine issues of human rights, conflicts, social and economic change, and national and international relationships within the social teachings of the Church. As responsible citizens, students will be able to interpret and evaluate events from a Catholic perspective.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
SCIENCE (ESL) SNC2DS
This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
The study of science helps students to learn to be reflective, critical, and creative thinkers, as well as discerning believers, who understand the theories of science and can apply them to the world around them. They can then make appropriate decisions in light of Gospel values and Church teachings. Through the study of the techniques in science, particularly experimentation, students learn to be collaborative contributors to an interdependent team, respecting the rights, responsibilities and contributions of others. Overall through this course, students become aware of the sacred dimension of the physical world in all its aspects and of their role as stewards of God’s creation. Students should recognize that the physical environment is a vehicle of God’s presence in the world and a channel for Grace in the world. In order to support this statement the themes of stewardship and sound moral decision making have been woven into the fabric of each unit in this course. Through reflection and their research, students apply the knowledge gained in the course for the development of a just society.
COURSE NOTE: This course is available only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1D1 - SCIENCE or SNC1DS - SCIENCE (ESL) or SNC1P1 - SCIENCE
DRAMA - (ESL) ADA3OS
This course requires students to engage in dramatic processes and the presentation of dramatic works, and emphasizes the application of drama skills in other contexts and opportunities. Students will interpret and present works in a variety of dramatic forms, create and script original works, and critically analyse the processes involved in producing dramatic works. Students will develop a variety of skills related to collaboration and the presentation of dramatic works.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
This course will help students address the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation that they become effective communicators who use and integrate the Catholic faith tradition, in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
VISUAL ARTS - (ESL) AVI3OS
This course focuses on studio activities in one or more of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, and/or multimedia art. Students will use the creative process to create art works that reflect a wide range of subjects and will evaluate works using the critical analysis process. Students will also explore works of art within a personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural context.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
This course will help students address the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation that they become effective communicators who use and integrate the Catholic faith tradition in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN (ESL) HPC3OS
This course focuses on the skills and knowledge parents, guardians, and caregivers need, with particular emphasis on maternal health, pregnancy, birth, and the early years of human development (birth to six years old). Through study and practical experience, students will learn how to meet the developmental needs of young children, communicate with them, and effectively guide their early behaviour. Students will develop their research skills through investigations related to caregiving and child rearing.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
While learning to become a caring family member, this course confirms a commitment to Gospel values as outlined in the Catholic faith. To ‘love one another’ lies at the centre of the Gospel and the centre of this course as it applies to the care, nurturing and love of children.
COURSE NOTE: This course is offered only to English Language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
FAITH AND CULTURE: WORLD RELIGIONS (ESL) HRF3OS
This course engages students in the examination of world religions, particularly Judaism, Christianity and Islam, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Spiritualties’, and locally appropriate religious tradition(s), if suitable. This is a survey course that will help students understand the basic similarities and differences between the religious traditions so they can interact with others with acceptance and familiarity. Ontario is a multi-faith global community. Students will deepen their understanding of the various faith traditions in their local community and around the world.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
This course provides a basis for understanding the world’s great religious traditions from the perspective of our Catholic Faith Tradition. Emphasis is on inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue as we deepen an awareness and appreciation for our Catholic Faith Tradition.
COURSE NOTE: This course is offered only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
FAITH AND CULTURE: WORLD RELIGIONS (ESL) HRT3MS
This course engages students in the examination of world religions, particularly Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Spiritualities and a locally appropriate religious tradition. This is a survey course that will help students understand the basic similarities and differences between the religious traditions so they can interact with others with acceptance and familiarity. We live in a multi-faith global community. With the knowledge of this course, students ought to be able to understand more clearly the world’s religious affairs.
CONNECTION TO OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
This course provides a basis for understanding the world’s great religious traditions from the perspective of our Catholic Faith Tradition. Emphasis is on inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue as we deepen an awareness and appreciation for our Catholic Faith Tradition.
COURSE NOTE: This course is offered only to English language learners.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: University/CollegeGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: HRE2OS - CHRIST AND CULTURE (ESL) or ESLDO1 - ESL - LEVEL 4 or ESLEO1 - ESL - LEVEL 5
ESL - LEVEL 1 ESLAO1
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada. This course provides students with opportunities to begin to fulfill their Ontario Catholic School expectations. The course will develop the learner as a discerning believer in the Catholic Faith community, an effective communicator, and a reflective and creative thinker on an educational journey geared towards becoming a self-directed, responsible, and life-long learner, who is a collaborative contributor, a caring family member, and a responsible citizen. An integral part of the course content centres on the importance of family, building of community, respect for diversity, values formation and academic literacy.
COURSE NOTE: This course can be taken by English language learners in grades 9 to 12. Students may take a maximum of two ESL Language courses per year. (eg, ESLAO and ESLBO)
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
ESL - LEVEL 2 ESLBO1
This course extends students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners; expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to compose paragraphs. The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new province and country. Education should reflect what former Pope John Paul II calls "the common effort to build the civilization of love founded on the universal values of peace, solidarity, justice, and liberty." Through language, God's creative and liberating actions are revealed to each generation. Therefore, language serves not only as the pathway of communication between all people, but as the primary form of encounter between God and humanity as well, integrating mind, body, and soul. English language instructions in the Catholic system creates literate, responsive and responsible Christians who are optimally informed, independent thinkers and communicators.
COURSE NOTE: This course can be taken by English language learners in grades 9 to 12. Students may take a maximum of two ESL Language courses per year. (eg, ESLBO and ESLCO)
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
ESL - LEVEL 3 ESLCO1
This course further extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues. The students will reflect on learning, linking them with personal faith experiences within the Catholic community. Students will also develop their literacy skills with sensitivity to others. The course also integrates the gospel values, and affirms respect for the diversity and interdependence of the world's peoples and cultures.
COURSE NOTE: This course can be taken by English language learners in grades 9 to 12. Students may take a maximum of two ESL Language courses per year. (eg, ESLCO and ESLDO)
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ESL Level 2 or equivalent
ESL - LEVEL 4 ESLDO1
This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts.
COURSE NOTE: This course can be taken by English language learners in grades 9 to 12. Students may take a maximum of two ESL Language courses per year. (eg, ESLDO and ESLEO)
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ESL Level 3 or equivalent
ESL - LEVEL 5 ESLEO1
This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts. The students will examine and analyze a variety of literacy texts from a variety of perspectives. Students will also develop their literacy skills with sensitivity to others. The course also integrates the gospel values, and challenges the learner to think reflectively and critically, evaluating new ideas in light of the common good with peers and society.
COURSE NOTE: This course can be taken by English language learners in grades 10 to 12. Students may take a maximum of two ESL Language courses per year. (eg, ESLDO and ESLEO). A student must take an ENG4U or ENG4C or ENG4E in order to meet diploma requirements.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12