English Preparation

Xspace Pre-English 10 Stream

Xspace offers English preparation courses for students who need to develop foundational language skills.  The Xspace Pre-English 10 Stream is comprised of 4 levels and is designed for students who intend to take English 10 as a credit course, but do not yet meet the appropriate English language requirements. Students are placed into Pre-English 10 Levels 1-4 or directly into English 10 after writing the Xspace Language Assessment.


Level Course Description
1 Pre-English 10 Level 1 helps students develop an understanding of the basic building blocks of the English language. Students learn and/or review basic vocabulary words (sight words), how to build simple and complex sentences, and practice basic punctuation skills. Students will read short fiction and non-fiction texts and build basic comprehension skills. By the end of the course, students will be comfortable speaking and writing in short phrases and sentences in English.
2 Pre-English 10 Level 2 is designed to help students become comfortable with reading short passages, writing in paragraph form, and speaking to express opinions. Students are introduced to essential grammar points for writing and communicating in basic paragraph structure, and learn how to edit and proofread their own written work. The course also teaches students how to summarize passages, and introduces students to reading for understanding in short fiction. By the end of the course, students will be prepared to read and write in more challenging academic English.
3 Pre-English 10 Level 3 introduces students to the grammar, vocabulary and critical thinking skills required to communicate their thoughts in an organized way. The course aims to give an introduction to Canada and Canadian culture. It focuses on the building blocks of formal writing, oral presentation, and critical thinking. It also introduces students to different types of texts — namely short stories, non-fiction and poetry — which are essential parts of the English 10 curriculum. By the end of this course, students will be able to write formal paragraph responses, eliminate common English errors, and respond to high school level readings.
4 Pre-English 10 Level 4 aims to further develop students’ writing and reading skills for English 10 and beyond. It introduces different types of advanced essay structures and technical writing skills. In addition, the course prepares students to analyze respond effectively to the kinds of texts presented in English 10, namely poems, short stories, nonfiction prose and plays. Students will be introduced to basic literary devices and the MLA citation format required in high school and post-secondary English. By the end of the course, students should be prepared to comfortably enter English 10.