The English Department is committed to developing students who are competent readers, who are fluent in reading, writing, and speaking, and are able to view with a critical eye and listen with a critical ear. Through the analysis and critique of literary genres students are encouraged to become proficient writers, who may clearly and articulately express their ideas whether it be in an expository, narrative, persuasive or descriptive format. An ongoing review of grammar usage, mechanics and syntax is integrated in all written expression and is emphasized across all curriculum areas. Effective communication involves the ability to read, listen and view critically and present ideas in a coherent, meaningful manner.