Grade 12 University Level English is a must if I hope to be accepted to any undergraduate program in any Canadian University. There are three basic skills that I need to demonstrate to the admissions people standing in front of my gates to higher learning. I need to have communication, literacy and critical thinking skills. I found this out last year when I was a Grade 11 student by looking at several university admission charts across Canada. The universities I looked at where London’s University of Western Ontario, the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Ottawa’s University of Ottawa and Vancouver’s University of British Columbia. All of these admission charts lists English4U at the top of the list as a requirement. I bet there are plenty of people who share my sentiment and ask the same question: Why do we need English4U when applying to a program in university that does not include one English course in the first year?
Now that I am a Grade 12 student and curious, I did some digging to find out why.
The goal of English4U is to develop the skills in order to demonstrate understanding in various elements being confronted with in higher education.
That is how I show that I did actually learn something on the subject matter that interests me.
Universities rely on students to be able to demonstrate their abilities to absorb what they are putting down.
This is why the foundation of building blocks to the English Curriculum has been consistent throughout the high school grades.
Looking at the chart I made, I learned how to expand my understanding when reading and writing by using my communication, literacy and critical thinking. These are the skills being further developed when in an English4U course. These skills are exactly what every University is looking for. From all the Poetry, Plays, Essays, Dramas, Fiction and Non-Fiction Books I’ve studied through out my high school career, I am now able use my understanding of them to demonstrate my ideas, themes and concepts. Through my analysis of different kinds of media works I can create an effective argument or statement.
These are all transferable skills necessary to succeed in any course or program.
It would be interesting to know what other Grade 12 students feel about the reasons why English4U is so important.