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OSSLT Information



Our 21st Century students need to be able to use language with skill, confidence and flexibility. Collegiate’s English teachers help students develop the oral communication, reading, writing and media literacy skills that are necessary for success in high school and in their daily lives. We provide students with quality instruction that encourages them to become critical thinkers, effective communicators and problem solvers. Our courses provide opportunities for students to improve their writing and to become critical consumers of media and texts. Students are encouraged to develop a lifelong passion for reading through the various texts covered in each of our courses as well as through our Student and Teachers are Reading Together (START) program which allows students time to read anything they would like.

Students increasingly become critical consumers of texts--they question texts and assess their validity, express opinions, support their opinions with sound arguments, evidence from the text and from their prior experiences, and they transform texts when the messages contained disadvantage groups of people.


  • English
  • Media English
  • Writer’s Craft

Critical Areas of Learning

 Successful Language Learners:

  • Understand that language learning is a necessary, life-enhancing, reflective process

  • Communicate – read, listen, view, speak, write, and represent – effectively and with confidence

  • Make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them

  • Think critically

  • Understand that all texts advance a particular point of view that must be recognized, questioned, assessed, and evaluated

  • Appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of texts

  • Use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities, for personal growth, and for active participation as world citizens

Important Links


Basic Guide to Writing Essays

Student's Guide to Mastering the 5 Paragraph Essay

Grammar Bytes: Interactive

Guide to Grammar and Writing

D2L Login (e-learning)