English and French Department

The English Department at DCTI is comprised of a dynamic team of English teachers who are enthusiastic about literature study, language learning and literacy.  The range of courses offered includes locally developed, applied, academic and MaST courses for all students taking English Studies.

English Literacy Skills or ELS2O1 is a course which helps students prepare for the Grade 10 Literacy test.  Writer’s Craft or EWC4O is a course which taps into a learner’s creative eliciting a sense of freedom of thought and expression.  A Writer’s Festival at the end of the year is the culminating activity which brings poets, song writers and authors to a public sharing of their work.  English Media is a Grade 11 course which deals with technology, pertaining to film and study for writing workshops.


There are many after-school and lunch time opportunities for literacy remediation and OSSLT support.


Danforth Dialogues is a club that promotes creative writing and sharing of works by students at Danforth by partnering with Diaspora Dialogues an organization that brings professional writers to our school for writing workshops.

Literacy Remediation and OSSLT Support. There are many after-school and lunch time opportunities for literacy remediation and OSSLT support.


Students are encouraged to broaden their vocabulary, to express themselves in a personal way, and to develop a broader understanding of French culture through many experiences here at Danforth. We offer courses from grades 9-12 at different levels of difficulty. For example, the Grade Nine French class is encouraged to write a travel brochure, make up questions for a poll and graph the results, solve a murder mystery, and write and perform dialogues. Grade 12 students will study works ranging from Cyrano de Bergerac to Moliere’s Malade Imaginaire, and will present various researched topics to the class through oral and written presentations. Many exciting field trips are organized that simulate authentic cultural experiences.