O ensino do inglês em latim de Roxbury baseia-se no conceito clássico da "vida examinada" - sobre a crença de que um compromisso vitalício de exploração e crescimento intelectual, estético e moral dá significado e carácter à existência. O programa de inglês fornece uma sequência de estudos concebida para desenvolver competências e atitudes essenciais a tal compromisso: a capacidade de ler e observar com discriminação, sensibilidade e prazer; a capacidade de comunicar informações e ideias de forma clara, persuasiva e graciosa; a inclinação para temperar a razão com compreensão, para equilibrar o rigor intelectual e a humanidade compassiva; o impulso para prosseguir o significado da vida mas a perspectiva de reconhecer e apreciar a complexidade e ambiguidade da vida.
Throughout the program, assignments and classroom activities encourage disciplined, thoughtful approaches to reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Work in language emphasizes the development of a rich, flexible vocabulary and a confident grasp of mature syntax; it also seeks to foster a respect for language and, in time, a love of it—its capacity to define and describe and transform experience, its power to make the strange familiar and comprehensible, the commonplace mysterious and beautiful. Work in composition aims to build a concern for clarity, precision, and style.
While the program emphasizes the mastery of conventional organizational patterns for analytical and persuasive writing, it encourages students to recognize the creativity inherent in the best critical writing. It also provides opportunities for first-hand experiments in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction—for a more personal rendering of individual experiences and ideas—opportunities that permit students to feel within themselves the interplay of experience, imagination, and language that animates the great literature they study. That study of literature stresses the close observation of specific words and details and the development of an actively questioning approach. At the same time, it encourages students to pursue an equally active personal, empathic involvement with literary characters and events. Through close study of a relatively few classic and modern works, students address increasingly subtle moral and philosophical questions, confront diverse and often ambiguous conclusions about the nature and meaning of human existence, and, ideally, come to a passionate appreciation of the power of literature to expand, deepen, and illuminate “real” life—to lift us beyond our daily lives toward some transcendent vision of “the good, the true, and the beautiful.”
Cursos de Inglês
Classe VI Inglês
Class VI English places major emphasis on the mastery of fundamental verbal and study skills: sentence and paragraph construction, vocabulary development, concise summarizing, precise reading, systematic thinking, and disciplined listening. Analytical work in grammar, the first stage of a two-year program, introduces parts of speech, the components of phrases and clauses, and the basic patterns of English sentences. Instruction in composition focuses primarily on paragraph organization and development—on precise topic sentences, relevant supporting details, and effective concluding statements—but students have opportunities, as well, to experiment with poetry, fiction, and personal reflection. Assigned readings represent a variety of literary situations, from the realistic to the fantastic, and a variety of human behavior, from the heroic to the ridiculous. Although students do encounter important critical concepts and terms, the work in literature seeks less to introduce techniques of literary criticism than to foster precise observation, accurate recall, and simple vicarious appreciation of human behavior imaginatively recreated. Unifying themes include friendship, courage, justice, and service to others. The following books are studied in the course: Lee et al., Grammar for Writing; Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Gibson, The Miracle Worker; Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird; Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Classe V Inglês
Class V English provides continued instruction and practice in verbal and analytical skills. Units in grammar review principles and procedures taught in Class VI and extend them to analysis of subordinate clauses and verbal phrases; additional time is devoted to the rules and patterns of standard formal usage and mechanics. In composition, expository and descriptive essays supplement the continuing concentration on paragraph structure, with written work expanding to include analytical essays of multiple paragraphs as well as fuller examples of student fiction, poetry, and personal reflection. Emphasis on vocabulary development continues through individualized practice and a consistent concern with diction in required reading and writing. Reading assignments encompass a range of literary periods, styles, and genres, but most works explore the relationship between an individual and his or her social environment. Work in critical analysis concentrates most heavily on narrative structure, techniques of characterization, and the influence of setting on action and character. All students prepare and deliver a speech in essay form on a topic of personal significance. Works considered include the following: Lee et al., Grammar for Writing; Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men; Golding, Lord of the Flies; Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun; Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea; Masters, Spoon River Anthology; Shakespeare, Julius Caesar; Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese.
Classe IV Inglês
Class IV English lays the foundation for advanced work in composition and literature. The program in writing provides a review of paragraph structure and extends those principles to the basic form of the short expository or analytical essay. Instruction in composition—and considerable practice with both literary and non-literary topics—emphasizes the selection and statement of a unifying thesis, the presentation of relevant supporting detail, the fluid use of transitions, and the employment of active diction and syntax. The course also includes a formal unit in public speaking, with each student researching, composing, and delivering in class an informative speech on a topic of choice. Regular work in vocabulary complements the focus on both written and spoken expression. In literature, work in poetry and short fiction continues to build the critical attitudes and approaches necessary for a mature exploration of artistic method and meaning; key concerns include narrative structure, characterization, imagery and image pattern, symbolism and juxtaposition, and theme. In general, readings serve to examine a number of quite distinct visions of heroic thought and action, models often at the center of stories about growing up in a complicated world. Among the works studied are the following: Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Homer, The Odyssey; Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet; Wilson, Fences.
Classe III Inglês
A Classe III de Inglês visa consolidar e aperfeiçoar as competências lógicas e técnicas essenciais à leitura e escrita a nível universitário. As tarefas de composição incluem ensaios críticos, expositivos e pessoais, bem como um discurso persuasivo, com alguma oportunidade adicional de criar poesia e ficção originais. O trabalho no ensaio enfatiza parágrafos introdutórios e finais eficazes, o desenvolvimento de uma voz autêntica, e o controlo do tom e estilo. A ênfase contínua na dicção e estrutura da frase procura fomentar uma expressão mais precisa, directa e enérgica. Na literatura, os estudantes examinam uma gama considerável de estilos artísticos e perspectivas filosóficas, com particular atenção à relação inseparável de forma e significado. As obras atribuídas servem para ilustrar as tensões de estrutura e linguagem subjacentes à grande literatura, bem como as tensões da natureza humana e das aspirações humanas. Entre as questões levantadas por uma série de obras estão a natureza da tragédia, a procura de identidade, e forças tão opostas como a inocência e a experiência, sonhos e realidade, idealismo e cinismo, auto-indulgência e auto-sacrifício. As obras consideradas incluem o seguinte: Gioia e Gwynn, A Arte do Conto; O'Brien , As Coisas que Transportaram; Salinger, O Apanhador no Centeio; Shakespeare, Macbeth; Sophocles, O Ciclo de Édipo; Whitehead, Os Rapazes do Níquel.
Classe II Inglês
Class II English begins with a review of the techniques and attitudes essential to mature critical reading and writing. Class discussions of short fiction, poetry, and drama raise questions and issues that students then set out to explore and resolve in substantial critical essays, with significant progress in writing taking place individually, as an outgrowth of comments on submitted papers, private conferences, and required revisions. Aside from an intensive study of a Shakespearean tragedy, the course focuses on a year-long exploration of significant thematic currents in American literature and culture. Even without formal coordination, the literary perspectives explored in English and the political and social issues raised in U.S. History serve to illuminate each other. Through the reading and through both critical and creative writing assignments, students consider some of the abiding myths of the American experience (the Frontier Hero, the American Dream, the Melting Pot) and some of the abiding tensions (individualism and democracy, freedom and bondage, nature and civilization, simplicity and sophistication). Among the works studied are the following: Akhtar, Disgraced; Conarroe, Six American Poets; Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; Transcendentalism: Essential Essays of Emerson and Thoreau; Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby; Gioia and Gwynn, The Art of the Short Story; Morrison, Song of Solomon; Shakespeare, Hamlet; Twain, Huckleberry Finn.
Classe I Inglês
Class I English negotiates a transition between high school and college approaches to literature and composition. In the first semester, students rotate through a series of discrete units, each taught by one of their Class I English teachers, units that focus in greater depth on topics that have been introduced in previous years: the essay as literary form, modern poetry and public speaking, for example. The semester ends with the preparation and presentation of a final “wisdom speech,” a valedictory address from manuscript offering unifying insight, or collection of insights, gained from or reflected in one or more of the texts studied over a student’s time in the English classroom. In the second semester, students choose from electives structured more like college courses. Past offerings include “American Theatre: Culture, Identity and Politics” (which grapples with questions of power by focusing not only on who has it, how they get it, and what they use it for, but also on who lacks it for reasons of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation); “Classical Literature in the Modern World” (which considers the many functions of literature in the Classical world—as propaganda, subversive political commentary, innovative art, and more—as well as how those works might operate in light of modern social and social justice movements); “Fathers and Sons in Literature, Life, and Film” (which examines the stock patterns and realities of literary father-son relationships, as well as the distinguishing complexities that ultimately define any particular father, son, and father-son dynamic); and “Creative Writing Across Genres” (which engages students in myriad creative prompts in order to generate original material in poetry, short fiction, comedic monologue, song, drama, and creative nonfiction).