English Language Arts

Curriculum

Overview

Manitoba Education and Training and Manitoba school divisions have begun a phased-in model of implementation of the renewed English language arts (ELA) curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Manitoba’s draft English language arts curriculum framework and implementation resources are based on current research, reviews of curricula from around the world, and consultations with a range of stakeholders.

The English language arts curriculum framework and implementation resources are intended to provide direction and supports for learning design and assessment that support, nurture, and inspire all learners. Classroom teachers are key to this process as they engage in professional reading, inquiry, reflection, and collaboration to design meaningful learning experiences. Planning meaningful learning experiences requires teachers to mobilize flexible and culturally responsive teaching, learning, and assessment practices, build rich and inclusive learning environments, deeply engage diverse and complex learners, and draw upon a large range of resources.

This curriculum invites and challenges educators to think about education, schooling, and English language arts as they might be rather than the way educators might currently know them to be.  Curriculum and practice respond, therefore, to the need for high expectations with support, equity and inclusion, meaningful and relevant learning contexts, and a focus on deep and flexible thinking.

English language arts educators continue to expand the understanding of English language arts teaching, learning, and assessment. English language arts teaching, learning, and assessment are effective when they are purposeful, dynamic, fulfilling, and authentic. At all stages of learning, the focus is on developing and deepening language and literacy practices within rich and meaningful contexts.

In keeping with the language and literacy demands placed on them, learners draw upon their full repertoire of language and literacy practices to fully engage in life and learning experiences. Learners mobilize listening, speaking, viewing, representing, reading, writing, and blends of these modes to make and communicate meaning for multiple purposes and within multiple contexts. In meaningful learning experiences, these modes of language are inextricably interconnected.

Curriculum Status

Manitoba Education and Training and school divisions will begin a phased-in model of implementation of English language arts curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 8. The goals of this deeper and more sustained professional learning model is to build richer understandings of curriculum and its relationship to planning and practice.

Although senior years educators will participate in the sustained professional learning model, specific consultations and more focused development for Senior Years English language arts will begin in the 2017-2018 school year.

Although implementation is an ongoing process, the following phased-in model timelines will support school divisions, schools, and educators with transition. School divisions, schools, and educators would engage in more focused conversation, reflection, and professional learning during these periods, with plans to sustain this work over time.

English Language Arts Curriculum Phased-in Model Timelines
3 Year Pilot Process September 2015 – June 2018
Phased-in Model K to 8 September 2016 – June 2019
Phased-in Model 9 to 12 September 2018 – June 2021

Manitoba Education and Training has already begun working with school divisions through this new phased-in approach and continues to offer various opportunities for professional learning. These include summer institutes, regional professional learning sessions, responsive and co-planning sessions for school divisions, ongoing sessions for divisional leaders, and cycles of sustained, deeper learning for school divisions. Manitoba Education and Training also continues to collaborate with Manitoba universities and stakeholder groups.

Join the Reflecting on and Moving Forward with a New ELA Curriculum group in Maple (Manitoba Professional Learning Environment) for more current updates, notices for professional learning opportunities, and implementation supports.


Curricular Choices at Grade 11

Consultations and more focused development for Senior Years English language arts will begin in the 2017-2018 school year. The following information will remain relevant until Fall 2020.

The English Language Arts: Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and Standards specifies learning outcomes for three Senior 3 courses:

  • Grade 11 English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus (30S)
  • Grade 11 English Language Arts: Literary Focus (30S)
  • Grade 11 English Language Arts: Transactional Focus (30S)

Schools are not required to offer all three courses at the Grade 11 level. To meet compulsory core English language arts graduation requirements, each student must complete one of the three Grade 11 English Language Arts courses. Any one of the three Grade 11 English Language Arts courses fulfills the prerequisite for a student's selection of a Grade 12 compulsory core English language arts course.


Curricular Choices at Grade 12

Consultations and more focused development for Senior Years English language arts will begin in the 2017-2018 school year. The following information will remain relevant until Fall 2020.

New English Language Arts curricula have been developed for four Grade 12 courses:

Compulsory Core Courses Optional Supplementary Courses
Grade 12 English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus (40S) Grade 12 English Language Arts: Language and Technical Communication (40S)
Grade 12 English Language Arts: Literary Focus (40S)
Grade 12 English Language Arts: Transactional Focus (40S)

Students are required to complete any one of the three Compulsory Core Courses to satisfy compulsory core graduation requirements. (They may hold credit for all three). Manitoba Education and Training and Training will not limit students' selection of Grade 12 English Language Arts courses based on the Grade 11 English language arts courses they complete.

Schools may also continue to implement existing curricula for the following optional courses: Grade 12 English Language Arts: Language and Literary Forms (40S) and Grade 12 English Language Arts: Language and Transactional Forms (40S). Grade 12 English Language Arts: Language and Technical Communication (40S) was revised and implemented system-wide in the 2001-2002 school year.

Grade 12 English Language Arts: Language and Technical Communication (40S) may be used to meet Grade 12 English language arts compulsory graduation requirements for students meeting graduation requirements within the Senior Years Technology Education Program or for students completing a Mature Student Diploma.


Post-Secondary Acceptance of New Senior Years English Language Arts/English Language Arts Immersion/Anglais Curricula

Manitoba Education and Training communicates with post-secondary institutions to ensure acceptance of English language arts credits for admission into university and community college programs.

It is important, however, that Senior Years students planning studies beyond Grade 12 contact post-secondary institutions directly to confirm requirements for general admission and/or entrance to specific faculties/programs/courses.

For current information on post-secondary acceptance of English language arts curricula refer to Summary of Post-Secondary Acceptance of English Language Arts Curricula (Updated November 2009).