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At U.M.C.A. English is more than just writing and reading.

At U.M.C.A. we take all of our subjects with great concern. Each subject that our students learn from adds to their growing understanding of education and life-learning skills. Each teacher gives his/her subject the utmost attention in order to make sure that students are achieving these life-learning goals. We also understand that in order to help students with their education we must install in them the ability to express themselves. This is why English at U.M.C.A. is so important.

The English program here at U.M.C.A. gives students a strong approach to their understanding of arithmetic. Reading, writing, speaking, and communication are all observed within the course. English teachers not only follow the expectation of the Ontario Curriculum, we also provide students with a deeper level of knowledge. This includes teaching them to "think outside the box." Students are given time to analyze and incorporate their ideas into writing and speaking exercises. They are given reading material that exceeds curriculum expectation in order to help them prepare for future academics.

We cannot stress enough how important it is for our students to read in their classes. Each week students are granted reading time that is followed by written responses to help assess their comprehension. Reading allows students to open up a part of their imagination that they haven't experienced yet. With reading also comes the importance of writing. Within our English program we see the two areas as being complimentary to one another. It is so very important that students practice their writing etiquette in order to establish a solid writing style.

At U.M.C.A. English is more than just writing and reading. It is more than understanding nouns, verbs, and adjectives. It is even more than being able to communicate with one another. English is also about expression. It is having a voice and being able to use it either through writing or speaking. Teachers understand that our students have to expand in their English learning by using the language as a voice. In the words of Albert Einstein: "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

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