Language and literacy are at the central core of all basic learning in schools. This course focuses on all areas of the Alberta Language Arts Curriculum, namely: listening, viewing, speaking, reading, writing, and representation. The aim is to develop literacy from the early childhood years to adulthood. This is a special emphasis on early literacy and the foundations necessary to success in communication and, in particular, in the areas of reading and writing. Content areas include science, social studies, and Indigenous studies. Students will be introduced to a variety of verbal and non-verbal means of communication; written communication is emphasized in the form of narrative, poetry, and expository and persuasive writing.