By Hudson’s Admissions Department
The Hudson College Grades 9 to 12 English program is an enriched, incremental and unique curriculum designed to empower students with superior literacy, critical thinking, writing, reading and study skills essential for achieving academic and personal success in both university and in daily life.
The program incorporates Trillium textbooks as well as multiple supplemental texts and media selected to engage students’ interests while teaching them fundamental grammar, sentence forms and kinds, paragraph and essay structure, research and documentation skills, kinds of expository essays, multiple genres and elements of both Canadian and International drama, narration and poetry. By integrating English skills within curriculum content, students enjoy and feel empowered by their learning. Students learn to proficiently identify and apply literary, writing and speaking conventions in the context of all class work, as well as critical thinking, creative problem-solving, reading, writing and study skills that capacitate them to excel.
In order to maximize teaching and learning strategies that benefit each individual student, Hudson teachers test students for their learning styles and multiple intelligences in addition to performing diagnostic skills gap assessments at the beginning of each course. Teachers’ instructional responses, dedicated to closing individual students’ skills and knowledge gaps, meet students’ needs through differentiating instructional and learning strategies, including cooperative, independent and cognitive strategies. Teachers also encourage students to apply particular research-based study techniques that match their individual learning styles and intelligence strengths.
In the event that an individual student’s learning identity requires additional periodic intervention, the Hudson learning skills team then coordinates with the English teacher to provide the student with ongoing coaching and support that helps to ensure academic success.
Throughout each English course, teachers offer comments and administer ongoing assessments that provide students with constructive feedback designed to assist them in realizing learning goals and achieving the success criteria required for the particular English course. This progressive student feedback ensures that students realize proficiency and success in culminating evaluations.
Hudson College English teachers remain up-to-date by participating in professional development programs such as Harvard University’s WIDE World, Ontario College of Teacher’s recommended Additional Qualifications courses, Ministry of Education Development courses and in-house Professional Development programs.
Teachers are encouraged to use problem-based learning so that student work can have a positive impact on both the school and larger communities. Some examples include: participating in cross-curricular humanity programs that utilize critical literacy as a foundation for social action, using drama, research and fundraising as platforms for literacy, creating informative newsletters about community issues, developing literary journals and writing and delivering speeches to invited guests.
Overall, Hudson College’s English program targets and embraces student interests and needs at its core. As Hudson students move on to university they continue to succeed. The Hudson College English program provides a solid foundation that contributes to their success.