English Department Philosophy
The English program is designed to improve the students' awareness of the important role that the English language and its literature play in intellectual, personal, and career development. Essential to the over-all program of studies, the English program emphasizes the development of oral and written comprehension, critical thinking skills, and coherence, cogency, and fluency in the expression and communication of ideas.
While the English program stresses competence in skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, it also provides experiences and activities that will help students become discriminating users of print and non-print media. Literary and media works, selected for excellence in both content and style, will promote humanistic attitudes, aesthetic appreciation, multicultural awareness and critical evaluation skills.
The English program encourages the development of each students' individual potential through critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speech, thoughtful decision-making, intellectual risk-taking, and respect for others.
Congratulations is in order!
Beth Moulton participated in the Gilder Lehrman Seminar this summer and Sara Hinds spoke on "utilizing effective technology in the classroom" at the 2012 NCEA Convention in Boston
The MLA/NDHS Guide for Student Writing is in progress and should be effective late September. Parents, this guide will allow your child to see the progression of writing expectations throughout their years here at Notre Dame. The Guide will contain the following: rubrics, sample body paragraphs, sample introductions, conclusions, MLA works cited info., and sample college entrance essays. This site will act as an at home tutorial for students and we are highly excited about it.