English 30-1 Edmonton South


This is a FLEX course – CLASS 3 is offered twice. The "A/B" classes are identical. When registering students will chose either option for any flex class, making their own schedule.

Instructor: Michele Soltys

Price: $115 prepaid OR $125 Pay at the Door

Location: Terwillegar Rec Centre

Course Schedule

Class Date Location Teacher
Class 1 Saturday January 6 10:00 am - 3:45 pm Terwillegar Rec Centre - MPR B Michele Soltys
Class 2 Sunday January 7 11:30 am - 5:30 pm Terwillegar Rec Centre - MPR B Michele Soltys
Class 3 Choices
Class 3 focus is on part B of exam - attend either 3a OR 3b
Class 3a Sunday January 14 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Terwillegar Rec Centre - MPR B Michele Soltys
Class 3b - Online Sunday January 21 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Online - virtual classroom Paula Parker

Topic Timeline

Class Number Topic Covered
Class 1 On day one we'll begin by discussing how to be successful on the written response portion of the English Diploma Exam. Course instructors have marked diplomas for over 20 years and will help students create a clear and executable outline for success. (And quickly dispel any notion that this exam "cannot be studied for")
Students dive in with a short story, and apply "close reading of a text" in order to model the type of reading necessary for full comprehension. The evening will close with a most crucial element of successful writing - the formation of the thesis statement.
Class 2 Class will begin with analysis of examples of successful (and some not so successful) student writing. Next, students will continue the process of writing thesis statements in conjunction with texts they've already seen in class. (Specific content will be analyzed here - students will have the chance to gain fresh perspective on works they studied throughout the year)
The day will finish with an examination of past diploma critical essay questions
Class 3 On the final class students will extensively review for Part B of the diploma. Instructors have assembled a comprehensive booklet containing hundreds of exemplar reading comprehension / multiple choice diploma-style questions.
Students will be shown trends in the types of questions to expect and gain valuable practice in examining texts and applying applicable concepts and definitions

Michele Soltys

Michele has been teaching English at the High School level for almost 30 years. She marks diploma exams and worked with Alberta Education on curriculum, test construction and resource review. She is an avid reader, enjoys traveling and is always looking for opportunities to learn new skills.

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