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Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, Nunavut schools follow the Northwest Territories (NWT) English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 9.  Five general outcomes are the basis of the curriculum.  They are achieved through a variety of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing experiences.  Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a staged approach to the implementation of Balanced Literacy in Nunavut schools will begin. 

English Language Arts courses offered in Nunavut secondary schools follow the Alberta curriculum. In addition to ELA 10-20-30 courses, supplementary courses are provided to support student success at the 10-20-30 level.  This is referred to as a scaffolding approach.  These courses count toward unspecified credits, but do not count as English Language graduation requirements. 

A scaffolding approach to secondary school courses is available for students who require them.  Schools may offer these courses for the following reasons:

  • For students who require bridging between Grade 9 programming and Grade 10 regular program
  • For students who return to school after long absences (previous non-attenders)
  • As a second language strategy
  • For skills upgrading
  • For individualized or modified program support

Schools must request special permission to offer these courses.  



Program of Studies -  English Language Arts K-12 click here

Kindergarten to Grade 6

     ELA K-6 (NWT)

     ELA K-6 (NWT) Support Documents


Grade 7 to Grade 9 

     ELA 7-9 (NWT)

     ELA 7-9 (NWT) Support Documents


Grades 10-12 

    ELA 10-20-30 (Alberta)

    ELA 10-20-30 Support Documents

    Knowledge and Employability 10-4, 20-4, 30-4 (Special Permission Required)

    Communications 10-20-30 (Pilot Status for Approved Schools Only)

    Reading 10 (Special Permission Required)



Teaching and Learning Resources 

     Authorized Teaching Resource List

     Supplementary Teaching Resource List

     Other Teaching and Learning Resources



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