Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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English Language Arts


The ability to communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, and listening is an essential 21st century skill. English language arts teachers put students on the path to literacy by teaching them how to read, write, speak, and listen. Students learn to use the English language strategically in formal and informal contexts to select and craft the most effective form of communication based on audience, purpose, and message. Also important, English language arts provides students with broad experience in reading and writing literature and literary nonfiction texts that deepen their understanding of human experience and illustrate both practical and artful use of language. 

For more information, please contact:

Sherri Thorne, English Language Arts Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-6285

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