Department: English
Grade level: Senior High
Credits: 5

Student Instruction

Delivery: Online
Please note: Online courses may include some print materials, and vice versa.

If you’re an adult student wishing to pursue a college diploma program or a technical trade, this is the course for you. In English 30-2 Adult, you’ll explore a variety of texts (visuals, poetry, modern drama, film, and a novel). You’ll also receive lots of instruction and practice writing in a variety of contexts, especially in preparation for the required provincial diploma examination.

In addition to the required materials below, ONE novel is required. Students may choose any novel from the following list:

  • Bleachers by John Grisham
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Additionally, TWO films are required for this course. Please view the list under “Additional Materials” below.

Note: This course is intended for adult students pursuing college diploma programs or most technical trades (note that requirements for trades vary, so we recommend that you investigate prior to registering in this course). Though this course has fewer graded assignments than ADLC’s regular English 30-2 course, it satisfies all the criteria mandated by Alberta Education.

In this context, an adult is someone who is 19 years of age or older and has been out of school for at least one year or has earned an Alberta high school diploma and wishes to upgrade his or her English mark. If you don’t have an Alberta high school diploma, or are from out of province, we recommend that you complete the English Placement Exercise prior to enrolling in the adult-level ELA course.

Course Details

  • Midterm(s): Supervised
  • Final(s): Supervised
  • Online course materials are compatible with the following devices:
    This course works on all devices.

Course Materials

Textbooks (Required, purchase anywhere)


Turning Points

A multi-genre anthology catering to adult students. Timely, relevant, contemporary themes engage students and provide opportunities for discussion and reflection.
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.
  • Author / Editor: ADLC
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2016
  • ISBN: #978-1-259-468032

Great Short Plays Volume 1 - Moving Shortly

Moving Shortly is a one-act play in the anthology Great Short Plays Volume 1 that takes place just a few days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States during which commercial airplanes were hijacked by members of an Islamist extremist group and crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, causing nearly 3,000 deaths and catastrophic destruction. The play tells the story of an American woman and a Sikh man find themselves alone on a stalled New York subway train. Through their inner thoughts, we witness her fear of being trapped underground with a “madman,” and his newly-discovered fear of living in a city where the people “need to know the name of every bird in Central Park but can’t tell a Muslim from a Sikh.” (Description adapted from
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  • Publisher: Playscripts Inc.
  • Author / Editor: Stephen Belber et al.

Other Materials (Optional)



Neely Crenshaw returns home to bury the revered and loathed high school football Coach Eddie Rake, whose influence holds a lasting impact on both players and the community. Through the use of flashbacks, the boys recall and replay the glory days and their often tumultuous relationship with their coach.
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  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.
  • Author / Editor: John Grisham
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2003
  • ISBN: #9780385340878

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Junior is determined to receive a good education, so he decides to attend an all-white school in the neighbouring community where he is the only native Indian. An outcast at home and school, Junior experiences several family tragedies, and attacks life with wit and humour, discovering a strength inside of himself he never knew existed.
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  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group
  • Author / Editor: Sherman Alexie
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2009
  • ISBN: #9780316013697

A Darker Shade of Magic

Welcome to an exciting story of parallel worlds where four different versions of London exist and only a very few people are able to move between them. Kell is one such lucky (or unlucky) traveler whose task it is to carry correspondence between the ruling families of each world. Correspondence isn’t all that Kell carries between worlds, however. In secret, and against strict laws, Kell smuggles artifacts from one world to another for people willing to pay him for the risk. However, these risks have severe consequences, as Kell learns. When dark magic finds its way into his hands, he must find a way to destroy it.
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  • Publisher: Tor
  • Author / Editor: V.E. Schwab
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2015
  • ISBN: #978-0- 7653-7646-6

The Glass Castle

This is the true story of Jeannette Walls and her wildly unusual childhood. Her family lived like nomads, never staying in one place for too long, and her parents worked only occasionally, preferring to live life on their own terms. Jeannette’s father was a brilliant man but a heavy drinker and often unreliable. Her mother fancied herself an artist who couldn’t be bothered with something as mundane as cooking dinner for her family. Jeannette and her siblings clung to one another for solace and survival as they stumbled their way through childhood. Despite all of these challenges, the love within this unique family remained.
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  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Author / Editor: Jeanette Walls
  • Revision / Publication Date: January 2006
  • ISBN: #978-0-7432-4754-2

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is a brilliant but socially-awkward professor who is desperate for a wife. There is only one barrier to his goal: he hasn’t a clue how to interact with other human beings in any kind of socially- appropriate way. So his solution is to use science to help him find a wife. He develops a 16-page survey that he is convinced will help him find the perfect partner. This quirky comedy is all about what happens when Don’s scientific survey doesn’t work quite the way he had planned, and the foul-mouthed barmaid Rosie Jarman walks into his life. This novel is all about the magical, messy, and painfully winding path toward love.
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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Author / Editor: Graeme Simsion
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2013
  • ISBN: #978-1-44342-266-6

Tuesdays With Morrie

Mitch hasn’t seen Morrie in almost 20 years, but when he learns his beloved professor is dying, Mitch commits to visiting Morrie every Tuesday, just as he did those many years ago. Even after all these years, Morrie still has a great deal to teach Mitch . . . and anyone else who will listen.
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  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.
  • Author / Editor: Mitch Albom
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2002
  • ISBN: #9780767905923

Gage Canadian Thesaurus

Thesaurus. Note: This material is recommended.
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  • Publisher: Nelson Education Ltd.
  • Revision / Publication Date: 1998
  • ISBN: #9780771519857

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Note: This material is recommended.
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  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster Inc.
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2004
  • ISBN: #9780877799306

English Language Arts Handbook for Secondary Students

English handbook for secondary students.
Note: This material is recommended.
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  • Publisher: Learning Technologies Branch
  • Author / Editor: Alberta Learning
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2002
  • ISBN: #9780774122399

English 30-2 The Key Study Guide

Study guide following the Alberta English 30-2 curriculum including practice questions and tests.
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  • Publisher: Castle Rock Research Corporation
  • Author / Editor: Anthony Regan & Bill Talbot
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2015
  • Edition: 2016 Alberta Edition
  • ISBN: #9781770444133

Additional Materials

Additional materials you'll need to complete this course (that aren’t sold by ADLC):

TWO films are required.

Students must have access to the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) and one other film from the following list:

  • About Time (2013)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
  • Life as a House (2001)
  • The Joneses (2009)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • The Queen of Versailles (2012)

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