Philosophy & Mission Statement

The philosophy of Renaissance College’s English Department derives from a belief that the study of language and literature is important because:

  • Language is a crucial tool that allows humans to communicate clearly and effectively with one another
  • The study of literature is one of the most important sources of personal development and offers students insight into the human condition.
  • The study of language and literature allows students to understand and interpret the world around them
  • As English is the language of instruction, its study is integral to academic success in other subjects
  • A rigorous study of language and literature is essential in the preparation for post-secondary education

As lifelong learners, RCHK students will be encouraged to

  • Develop independent, objective critical thinking skills
  • Apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions, media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts
  • Adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a  variety of audiences and for different purposes
  • Employ a variety of technological and informational resources to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge
  • Engage in responsive listening with their peers
  • Cultivate an enjoyment of the reading and writing processes
  • Read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g. philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience
  • Recognize the value of literature as a reflection of culture
  • Increase their ability to articulate a reasoned, well-researched argument
  • Appreciate the inherent (e.g. cultural, academic, social) differences between individuals

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Graeme Brasher
Head of English


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