English Language Arts (ELA) focuses on developing students' ability to read, write and speak fluently and confidently. The ability to use language is crucial to students' experience of the world. It is through exposure to a wide variety of literature, in various forms, that students are able to arrive at a deeper understanding of the English language. Students also acquire effective strategies that will assist them in analyzing and critiquing material they encounter both in school and out. With this understanding, students become literate individuals who can respond critically and imaginatively to their environment.
The ELA subject area focuses on a range of materials, both classical and modern, including film and other forms of media appropriate to students’ grade level. Students develop the ability to read critically, understand the way language is crucial to the expression of ideas and express their own ideas in both written and spoken modes in a confident way.