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Course Description for OLC4O Grade 12 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)

To participate fully in the society and workplace of the twenty-first century, today’s students will need to be able to use language skilfully and confidently.  The Ontario curriculum recognizes the central importance of reading and writing skills in learning across the curriculum and in everyday life, and prepares students for the literary demands they will face in their post – secondary endeavours.  To ensure that they have the essential competencies in reading and writing that they will need to succeed at school, at work, and in daily life, students in Ontario must demonstrate those skills as a requirement for graduation.
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) is a full-credit Grade 12 course that is offered as a part of the English program to provide students with intensive support in achieving the required reading and writing competencies.  The reading and writing competencies required by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) form the instructional assessment core of the course.

Prerequisite: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. (Students who have already met the literacy requirement for graduation may be eligible to take the course under special circumstances, at the discretion of the principal.)


Summary of Units and Timelines for Grade 12 OLC4O

            Below is the suggested sequence of course unit delivery as well as the recommended number of hours to complete the respective unit.  For complete details of targeted expectations within each unit and activity, please see each Unit Overview found in the OLC4O course profile.


Unit Order

Unit Name

Suggested Time

Unit 1

Introduction to Literacy

25 hours

Unit 2

Developing our Reading Skills

25 hours

Unit 3

Developing our Writing Skills

25 hours

Unit 4

Enhancing our Oral Literacy Skills

25 hours

Unit 5

Course Culminating Activities

10 hours



Total: 110 hours

Ontario Literacy Course

  • Courses are not refundable. You may change your course within 7 days of purchase with no extra charge.

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