The English Department at Malden Catholic encourages the student to master communication skills necessary for adult life. The Department’s general goals include:
- To enable the student to understand and maximize self and to respect others through facility with language.
- To encourage the student to accept constructive criticism and to use it for self-improvement while still maintaining the student's creativity, initiative, and imagination.
- To assist the student to become a self-directed learner by promoting the essentials of critical thinking through the analysis of literature
- To reinforce communication skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, all leading to effective self-management in the adult/peer community.
Well-written communication transfers ideas from the writer to the reader in such a way that its message is actually received, clearly and effectively. Objectives for the study of composition include
- To appreciate the nature and function of language
- To reason effectively, both inductively and deductively
- To communicate effectively in both writing and speaking
- To organize thoughts into logical patterns
- To provide opportunities to see writing as an on-going process
Literature represents and re-creates life. The study of the major genres of literature through representative works aims to expand the scope of experience, to teach the techniques of fine writing, and to develop language skills. The analysis of literature fosters the ability to interpret and evaluate the universal truths that literature teaches and encourages independent and creative thinking. Objectives for the study of literature include
- To encourage the students to read for enjoyment and information by recognizing universal problems and truths.
- To integrate the truths he has learned in his reading not only in his own life but also across the curriculum.
- To advance the personal development of each student by instilling an appreciation of the various genres and their correlating global themes.
- To select literature discriminately.
- To evaluate mass media
- To use reference materials, including the use of electronic sources of information, intelligently.
A precise knowledge of grammar is necessary for clarity of oral and written communication. Correct use of grammar has far-reaching effects contributing to the user's confidence throughout life. Objectives for the study of grammar:
- To review the essential rules and principles of grammar and usage.
- To insure minimum mastery of correct expression.
- To provide opportunities to apply these rules and principles in written and oral communication
Philosophy of Vocabulary
Language shapes reality, and though developing an effective vocabulary is a life-long, informal process, research indicates that formal instruction in vocabulary is essential to a student's success in school. We therefore encourage students to delight in language! Objectives for the study of vocabulary include:
- To develop and enrich new vocabulary through context.
- To teach strategies: word structures, dictionary skills, context clues, inference, and etymology.
- To build skills through frequent structured exercises