Freshman English provides students with a firm foundation in language and literature. The course includes a thorough review of grammar, usage, and mechanics and emphasizes vocabulary development. Through frequent composition in expository, descriptive, and narrative modes, students develop their ability to express themselves with clarity, precision, and style. Students sharpen their analytical and interpretive skills through closely studying a variety of literary forms: short stories, poetry, the epic, the novel, and drama. In conjunction with their study of language and literature, students acquire basic study and public speaking skills.