Language Arts


Philosophy of Language Arts

We believe that language is communication and that there are many skills that need to be developed. Language Arts involve Reading, English (grammar, writing, oral communication and listening), Spelling and Library Services.

We believe that the Language Arts program encompasses the entire curriculum across all content areas. Effective communication is the goal of the Language Arts curriculum.

Reading is a process of knowing, perceiving, interpreting and comprehending the printed, pictorial and oral word. This process provides a tool through which the student gains knowledge of all subjects and an appreciation of the word.

  • Provide a reading program that is developmental, including phonics instruction.
  • Provide a well-balanced reading program that includes systematic instruction in fictional and non-fictional material as well as reading in the content areas.
  • Provide a reading program that assesses the child’s abilities and evaluates growth.
  • Emphasize the close relationship of the reading process with speaking, listening, and writing as well as with other subjects in the curriculum.
  • Emphasize good attitudes towards reading as a tool to lifelong enjoyment and learning.

English is a process of communication which includes listening, speaking, writing, and proper use of grammatical structure. Good communication is essential to life, and the integration of language arts skills into all subject areas is vital to its success. Mastery of this process enables a student to acquire lifelong communication skills.

Listening Skills

  • Enable students to recognize the purpose of listening.
  • Enable students to comprehend and remember oral messages.
  • Provide students with a wide variety of listening opportunities.
  • Encourage students to respect and tolerate the free speech of others.
  • Develop the skill of giving constructive feedback.
  • Enable students to follow oral directions.

Oral Communication

  • Enable students to speak effectively in a variety of situations.
  • Enable students to become effective oral readers.
  • Provide students with constructive feedback which facilitates their improvement in speaking.

Written Communication

  • Promote writing as a developmental process.
  • Provide a program that encompasses style, content, grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, and spelling.
  • Make students aware that written communication depends upon accepted standards and conventions in the language.
  • Provide an instructional program that integrates reading, writing, and penmanship skills.
  • Provide a program that enables students to experience the pleasure of self-expression.

Spelling is a process that involves the ability to make a phoneme-grapheme (sound-symbol) correspondence. It also involves studying words in terms of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. This process provides a tool through which the student can communicate ideas in writing effectively in any subject area.

  • Provide a spelling program that is developmental.
  • Provide a systematic and efficient method taking into account the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities for learning to spell words.
  • Instruct students in the proper correspondence between phoneme-grapheme spelling patterns and phonetic generalizations in order to spell words correctly.
  • Enable students to determine how words are spelled and used correctly in writing.
  • Enable students to spell effectively in all subject areas.

Philosophy of Library Services

We believe that Library Services should be fully integrated into the education program.

Goals of Library Services

  • Enjoy personal reading.
  • Development skills in access of information in all formats.
  • Become familiar with organization and synthesis of information.
  • Become successful users of information.

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