The study of the English language is important as it serves as our vehicle of communication.
To learn to analyze and articulate arguments both orally and in writing is imperative to success in whatever future avenue our Prep students pursue. To that end, Prep’s English classes teach the fundamentals of grammar, the analysis of literature and the strategies of cogent writingOn a deeper and more fundamental level, literature is a mirror into the soul of humanity. The study of good literature allows each student to explore life’s most complex emotions and actions.
Students will experience the horrors of war and learn to question what brings nations to war from Paul in All Quiet on the Western Front. Students examine hatred and racism and watch Atticus Finch live by his principles in To Kill a Mockingbird. Jay Gatsby, in The Great Gatsby, forces students to think about the difference between appearance, reality and the facades that people hide behind. Students explore the psychological agony of indecision in Hamlet.
During class discussions, students are empowered to explore both the strengths and frailties of human nature, and to analyze characters’ actions as good, bad, or potentially, both. In Prep’s English classrooms, the study of literature not only gives pleasure, but it beckons the student to imagine and think; it supports the Jesuit ideals of our graduates being not only intellectually competent, but more importantly, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to justice.
Mr. Paul Denby
English Department Chair
Four years of English is required for each student.