To Have ENG4U or Not to Have?

“Literacy is about more than reading or writing – it is about how we communicate in society. It is about social practices and relationships, about knowledge, language, and culture” (UNESCO, Statement for the United Nations Literacy Decade, 2003-2012)

Students working together studying English

Most universities in Canada require ENG 4U as a pre-requisite for enrolment. Although there are some exceptions, it is highly recommended for most programs. In my opinion, all students should have to take ENG 4U to get into any university program. As the above quotation states, “literacy is so much more than just reading and writing.”

Most kids my age tend to think English is just about Shakespeare, poetry and essays, but English is so much more! Students need to look beyond the literature they study for that is simply the vehicle. In English students learn critical thinking skills, reading for understanding, the ability to synthesize and respond/communicate orally and written, and understand how to interpret media- biases.

Having ENG 4U is a MUST to get into university programs as it will not only benefit Canadian students, but also International students. With the number of International students enrolling in Canadian universities, it is imperative they have literacy skills in the English language. As an example, Mother Teresa Catholic High school here in London now enrols International students. The school works closely with Western University and King’s College in the hopes of graduating these students and sending them off to these post secondary establishments. ENG 4U will help these students as well as all students learn important skills that will help them succeed at any university.

“Language is the basis for thinking, communicating, learning, and viewing the world. Students need language skills in order to comprehend ideas and information, to interact socially, to inquire into areas of interest and study, and to express themselves clearly and demonstrate their learning. Learning to communicate with clarity and precision will help students to thrive in the world beyond school” ( Ontario Ministry of Education, 4). English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to enter and succeed in the global workforce.

English is the base of all learning. We learn how to use proper grammar, how to format sentences, structure a paragraph, build an essay and use MLA format.  These are skills that are used in all programs in university and students must learn how to use them properly to succeed.

After all is said and done, ENG 4U is about creating successful language learners that “use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities for personal growth and for active participation as world citizens” (Ontario Ministry of Education, 5).

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Date Accessed: July 5, 2017


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