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Language

Curriculum Overview

Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be seen as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the belief that literacy is critical to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this goal.   

For students, language knowledge comes from their life experiences and prior knowledge. Students learn to identify and explore multiple perspectives, question the messages in texts, and look at issues related to fairness, equity, and social justice as language is a fundamental element of identity and culture. As students read and reflect on a rich variety of literary, informational, and media texts, they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others and of the world around them. If they see themselves and others in the texts they read and the oral and media works they engage in, they are able to feel the works connect to the world they live in and come to appreciate the nature and value of a diverse, multicultural society. 

The language curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Oral Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Media Literacy

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Vocabulary

Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.

 

although

among

arrive

attention

beautiful

countries

course

cousin

decide

different

evening

favourite

finally

future

happiness

important

interest

piece

planet

present

probably

problem

receive

sentence

several

special

suddenly

suppose

surely

surprise

they’re

through

usually

Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

Complete the suggested activities using these resources and other TVO resources.

Suggested Activities

Complete these activities to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.

  • Select a text of your choice. What do you think will happen based on what the author has told you so far? What is the author suggesting ’between the lines’?
  • Review a resource or text of your choice and then consider the following questions:
    • Whose point of view is being explored in this text/resource?
    • Whose voice do we not hear?
    • Is this fair?
  • Prepare a book talk media presentation on a book of your choice. How does your experience of a similar situation help you understand this character’s choices? How does what you are reading now compare to what you have already read on this topic?
  • Make a slideshow explaining something you are passionate about. Use the 5 W’s and how to explain your thinking.
  • Review a paragraph that you have written. In your writing, are your sentences too long and complicated/too short and simple/too much the same to appeal to your intended audience?
  • In what ways would a menu for a fast-food restaurant differ from a menu for a fine-dining restaurant?
  • Create your own definitions for 20 of the words in the vocabulary list.

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