Welcome to the Kwalikum Secondary English Department web page. The purposes of this page are:
- to help students raise their level of achievement in English courses, and
- to help students prepare for post secondary education.
Specific topics covered by this web site are listed in the column on the left. However, before you look at these topics, consider the points which follow:
- Probably the most common reason students don't do as well as they could in English is that they don't pay close attention to the criteria by which their assignments are to be graded. The criteria by which a teacher marks your assignment tell you two things: what you have to do, and how you have to do it. Never begin an assignment until you know exactly how to get a good mark. If the criteria are not clear, ask your teacher to clarify them for you and then make sure you follow them!
- Do outlines and rough copies. Even if you have left your work to the last minute, do an outline and a rough copy. The outline puts your ideas into the right order before you start to write. The rough copy lets you concentrate on writing good sentences before you worry about making your spelling and punctuation perfect.
- Proofread word by word. In fact, it is often best if you read your writing backwards. When you do so, you are forced to read each word separately when you check for spelling errors.