exciting to see so many students eager to get their BC high
school diploma. A diploma is often a requirement for various
jobs in the province. For many students, English 12 is the
most difficult course to complete. Successful completion of
English 12 requires an understanding of the language that
many native speakers do not have or need in their day-to-day
lives. In recognition of these facts, the government also
accepts Communications 12 as an alternative course for
point I am trying to make is that success in English 12 can
only come after intensive experience with reading and
writing in the English language. A diploma that includes
English 12 tells the registrar at the university that a
student can understand difficult readings and effectively
communicate, in writing, difficult ideas. It tells a future
employer that a job applicant can easily understand spoken
English and will be able to communicate orally or in writing
with a high degree of professionalism.
Consider this. I speak only English, have a university
degree in science and studied the French language a few
hours a week until Grade 9. If I were in a French Adult
Learning Centre in Quebec, I would probably be in Patricia’s
Level 5 or 6 class—maybe Level 7.
wanted to be a science teacher in a French speaking school,
realistically, I believe that, with hard work, I could reach
my goal of speaking and writing French well enough to teach
Biology in French in four to five years. If I started
studying now, I could get my Quebec diploma by 2013 or 2014.
that all students in the ALC get their high school diploma.
It is a valuable document and something to be proud of. But
don’t expect the path to English 12 to be easy. It is a
long, hard but rewarding journey. There are no shortcuts to
a true A or B, especially at Pearson ALC. Do not be
discouraged by the length of time it takes.