Communications courses are designed for students who are experiencing difficulties in high school and are not planning to attend college. Practical communications skills are emphasized. Writing and speaking assignments are often based upon practical work place situations such as interviews, reports, memos, letters and resumes. The study of literature is still important to the curriculum but listening, viewing and speaking are emphasized to a greater degree in responding to the literature.
This course focuses on the essential language skills students need to function in daily life, the workplace, and effective communication with others. The Communications 11 and 12 curriculum is designed for students who do not plan to pursue academic studies beyond Grade 12. The primary goal of the curriculum is to strengthen students' basic skills in comprehending and producing language by providing a framework intended to help students:
- use language competently to understand and respond to communications in spoken, written, and visual forms
- develop the basic reading and writing skills required of informed citizens prepared for employment in a changing workplace
- develop a foundation of communication skills necessary for life-long learning
- use language appropriate to the situation, audience, and purpose in their day-to-day lives and in the workplace
- present and respond to ideas, feelings, and knowledge
- explore literary works as a way of knowing, developing personal values, understanding our literary and multicultural heritage, and broadening experience
In our course at HCOS, we will focus primarily on developing the student's ability to communicate in written form, using the areas of his or her life that gets their adrenaline pumping. We want to see them develop the ability to communicate effectively about topics that they personally are interested in. Thus, time will be given to write about social issues, personal passion, the working out of their own wrestling with God and spiritual issues, future aspirations and dreams, or simple and inspiring creative ventures.
In this creative process, we will find the weaknesses that may be occurring in the student's language arts skills, and deal with them as they arise. These times will mainly involve work in paragraph and writing structure, as well as grammar, since these areas are essential. Spelling will be addressed, but not focused on, as students who struggle in spelling do not need constant reminders to know they struggle, and word processing tools today can look after poorly spelled words fairly easily.
"Halftir awl, spelin iss perty empourtint."
In the midst of this all, we will remember that Father uses many ways to communicate with us, most of all through the written Word. And when we learn to communicate with Him, then we can learn to communicate with others better too.
Matthew 22:37-40 (The Message)
37 Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.'
38 This is the most important, the first on any list.
39 But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.'
40 These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them."
And that is why we need to learn to communicate more effectively. For the rest of our lives.Enrollment Information
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If your child is already an enrolled HCOS student, you can add a new online course in your parent Encom account. Here are the steps to do this:
- Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
What if I don't remember my login info?
A username and password was emailed to you when you originally enrolled with HCOS. If you do not know your username and password, click on the Lost your password? link on the Encom login page.
- In Encom, click on the Course Selection button.
- This will show you all of the courses that are available. If you do not see a specific course that you were looking for, please contact your individual teacher (grades 5-9) or regional grad advisor (grades 10-12).
- Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
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Once you have completed this process, you will receive an email with your username and password for Encom. Then follow the steps for an enrolled HCOS student to add new courses.
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