English 30-1 South Calgary


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Instructor: Stan Janz

Price: $119 prepaid $130 pay at the door

Location: Canyon Meadows Hall

Course Schedule

Class Date Location
Class 1 Friday June 9 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Canyon Meadows Hall - Canyon Meadows Hall
Class 2 Saturday June 10 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Canyon Meadows Hall - Canyon Meadows Hall
Class 3 Sunday June 11 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Canyon Meadows Hall - Canyon Meadows Hall

Topic Timeline

Class Number Topic Covered
Class 1 On day one we'll begin by discussing how to be successful on the written response portion of the English Diploma Exam. Course instructors have marked diplomas for over 20 years and she will help students create a clear and executable outline for success. (And quickly dispel any notion that this exam "cannot be studied for")
Students dive in with a short story, and apply "close reading of a text" in order to model the type of reading necessary for full comprehension. The evening will close with a most crucial element of successful writing - the formation of the thesis statement.
Class 2 Class will begin with analysis of examples of successful (and some not so successful) student writing. Next, students will continue the process of writing thesis statements in conjunction with texts they've already seen in class. (Specific content will be analyzed here - students will have the chance to gain fresh perspective on works they studied throughout the year)
The day will finish with an examination of past diploma critical essay questions
Class 3 On the final class students will extensively review for Part B of the diploma. Instructors have assembled a comprehensive booklet containing hundreds of exemplar reading comprehension / multiple choice diploma-style questions.
Students will be shown trends in the types of questions to expect and gain valuable practice in examining texts and applying applicable concepts and definitions

Stan Janz
BEd, BA Honours (English) Brandon University
M.A. (English) Acadia University
Calgary Catholic School District (over 16 years)

Stan Janz was born and raised in Brandon Manitoba. He spent much of his early years playing hockey on outdoor rinks and heavy metal in various garages. He attended Brandon University where he eventually earned a B.A. (Hons) in English and a B.Ed. A.D. After a year spent teaching English in Mitsuke, Niigata, Japan, Stan moved to Calgary where he has worked as a high school English instructor at Alberta's oldest educational institution, St. Mary's High School, for the past ten years. In 2008, Stan was admitted to Acadia University in Wolfville Nova Scotia where he completed his M.A. in English, focusing on the speculative fiction of Philip K. Dick and various filmic interpretations of his novels.

Presently, Stan lives in Calgary where he continues to teach full time play hockey and write music for the theatre and the garage.

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