The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute English Department embraces a multi-disciplinary approach to the criticism and understanding of literature. Taking into account the fact that the interpretation of literature is subjective, our department embraces the use of literary theory including, but not limited to:
Value Theory and Moral Criticism
With each instructor, students can expect to gain new and unique conceptual approaches that they may use as a platform to build upon as they enter higher-level classes with different instructors. Each instructor is encouraged to bring their own unique background into the classroom and has autonomy over the texts and theory presented to aid in student growth – rather than the traditional streamlined format. As a department, we believe that laying a strong foundational framework to analyze text is paramount to student success in class, on exams, and in terms of transition the writing requirements of post-secondary education and the workforce.
English at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute includes four strands and groupings:
English Language Arts 9
ELA 9 is a general ELA course designed for the vast majority of Grade 9 students. The course takes an integrated approach to the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, representing and viewing. Much time and effort is spent on fundamental reading and writing skills. A student’s success at the English Language Arts 9 level will have a significant impact on whether a student is eligible to enter ELA 10-1 or ELA 10-2.
*Honors Language Arts 9 is a cohort that is available to students with high academic performance in Grade Eight.
English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 Stream
This is the sequence which deals with abstract interpretation of literature, both modern and classic, and focuses on diverse writing tasks, including the literary and personal essay. Students in this sequence are building skills to enter a university level post-secondary education. As such, the expectations and rigor for these courses is reflective of that end goal.
*English 30-1 – Psychology is an extra credit class available for ten credits. It will use the psychoanalytical method as the primary framework for analyzing characters.
English 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 Stream
This sequence deals with the study of literature as well. However, this study is one that uses literature to parallel life experiences and to encourage the study of more pragmatic forms of writing. Students in this sequence are building skills to enter a college or trade school.
English 10-4, 20-4, 30-4 Stream
(Knowledge and Employability)
The core responsibility of Knowledge and Employability English language arts program is to foster and strengthen the development of language. Learning the foundational skills of communication enhances confidence, builds personal identity and enables individuals to create and sustain meaningful relationships. Becoming successful communicators at home, at school, at work and in the community enables students to experience personal satisfaction and become responsible, contributing citizens and lifelong learners. After the completion of this sequence, students are eligible to attain a K&E Certificate.
Mr. Dave Brown (B.A. / B.Ed) – Specialization in the interplay between Psychology, Philosophy, Archetype and/or Religion in the Criticism of Literature.
Mrs. Elaina Mohrmann (B.A. / B.Ed) – Specializations in Shakespeare, Greek and Roman Drama, and Old English within a Historical Context.
Mrs. Kimberly Kocken (B.A. / B.Ed / M.Ed) – Specializations in the Humanities, including Psychology, Anthropology, Native Studies, Women’s Studies, Literature, Drama, and Sociology.
Mrs. Taylor Burke (B.A. / B.Ed / M.A) – Specializations in History, Anthropology, Psychology, and the use of Metacognitive Pedagogy to Critically Analyze and Interpret text.