English is a compulsory subject for all students from Years Seven to Twelve at Mazenod College. At Years 11 and 12 English Literature is also offered as a subject. English courses at Mazenod College are designed to actively involve students in the essential areas of reading, writing and speaking and listening.
The knowledge and skills gained in these areas become essential tools in helping students to:
- speak, listen, read, view and write effectively with confidence, purpose and enjoyment;
- discuss and analyse texts and language critically;
- gain a broad knowledge of a range of texts whose themes and issues they can relate to contemporary society and personal experience;
- develop argumentative skills when interpreting and discussing themes that arise in different text types;
- think critically about their world and the global community.
Students who experience language difficulties are catered for at the College. The Learning Centre plays an important role in this area. Students are given the opportunity to build their confidence and understanding of the English language through the programs and additional help the centre provides. Enrichment opportunities also exist at Years Nine and Ten where students can undertake English with a particular focus on studying literature.
Students are further encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricula activities in order to enrich their English skills. The College has its own public speaking competition named after the school's founder Father Fitzpatrick O.M.I. This is run annually and is open to all students. The annual debating competition run by the Debating Association of Victoria has also proven popular with students from Years 7 -12. Various public speaking competitions such as the 'Lions Youth of the Year' and 'The Plain English Speaking Competition', further provided students with opportunities to excel in this area. For those more literary minded, the College library runs a book club where students can socialize and discuss among other things the latest book they have read.
The English Department believes that the obtainment of language skills by our students provides them with the confidence and competence to meet the demands of school, employment and further education. They are also essential if students are to become active and informed citizens, who can contribute meaningfully to the political, social and cultural lives of their world.