​​English at St. Michael


​Mr. J. Esposito - department head​
Mr. M. Boersen
Mrs. L. Claro
Mrs. S. Di Cola
Mrs. J. Drennan
Ms. J. Laurin
Ms. M. McDonnell
Mrs. T. Robinson
Mr. J. Selbie
Mr. J. Sinko

​​​​​Welcome to the English department...

Studying literature allows us to enter another time and place, challenging us to journey through possible models of human experience. It provokes us to reflect upon and discuss things which, for better or for worse, are at the heart of our humanity: love, family, hope, triumph, fear, prejudice, loss. Literature challenges our convictions and inspires us to examine the world from other perspectives.

Writing about literature engages students to undertake high levels of critical thinking as they form clear and well-supported opinions to be shared with an audience. The abilities to read and write effectively are tools that will help students thrive in any setting. Literacy is an absolute necessity to navigate one’s way through the world.

Remembering that Christ is the greatest of teachers, English classes at St. Michael examine literature through the light of the Gospels.​

​​In the News!

Courses in English

The English department offers courses in compulsory English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy course), but also Canadian literature, writer's craft, studies in literature, and presentation and speaking skills.  To learn more about the courses offered, check out our course calendar​.


​​The English curriculum is based on the belief that language learning is critical to responsible and productive citizenship, and that all st​u​dents can become successful language learners.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve this goal. It aims to help students become successful language learners.

Successful language learners:
  • understand that language learning is a necessary, life-enhancing, reflective process;
  • communicate – that is, read, listen, view, speak, write, and represent – effectively and with confidence;
  • make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them;
  • think critically;
  • understand that all texts advance a particular point of view that must be recognized, questioned, assessed, and evaluated;
  • appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of texts;
  • use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities, for personal growth, and for active participation as world citizens.​


​Grade 9 & 10
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Grade 11 & 12