The study of English is, in its essence, the process of acquiring literacy: the most fundamental skill needed to live in a civil society. True literacy encompasses the verbal competence to participate in democratic communities, the ability to think critically and act with deliberation, and the empathy to live with others despite conflicts of interest and differences of character. The learning of these skills is vital to creating educated and successful citizens of the world.

The English Department at Benedictine teaches critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in every year of English.

We begin by immersing our students in their first year in two English courses simultaneously: a literature course and a grammar & composition course. These two courses provide an excellent foundation for our Cadets. The grammar & composition course teaches research techniques, rhetorical analysis, and grammar skills, while the literature course equips students with a “toolbox” for discussing literature that they will use in subsequent years.

As students continue their education at Benedictine the core English courses continue the study of literature in various contexts. Sophomore year is devoted to literature of the world and expanding student vocabulary in anticipation of the PSAT and SAT. The next year, pairing nicely with our United States History course, is an in-depth look at American literature, with special focus on what makes our country’s literature so unique and diverse. Students wrap up their English studies at Benedictine with an analysis of British literature. In each literature course, students are exposed to multiple genres and literary movements. Each course also focuses on the continuation of grammar, writing, and research skills.

In addition to our core English courses, we offer two Advanced Placement courses and various electives for students with a passion for the written word.

At Benedictine, we teach students to recognize the power of words and communicate them effectively through their own writing and speaking. In essence, we teach English as a means to show students how to communicate clearly and how to think critically about the world around them.

English Course Offerings