Whether studying English language or a foreign language, both middle and high school students make connections between what they learn in class and what is happening in the world around them. Students develop their self-expression through writing and empathy through reading. They read many different types of books across many different genres to help them learn through observation. They will write every day, including practicing communication skills, the creative process and academic writing, to help them learn by practice. In class they will work in groups, perform academic research, explore communication, learn grammar principles and generate new work. In our cross-curriculum work, we follow the Virginia Department of Education recommendation and guidelines for languages and literature. *Topics of study include Eastern Reading, Western Reading, U.S. Reading, American Literature, World Literature, British Literature, Literary Criticism, Media Literacy, Research, Communication, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking, Advanced Grammar, Creative Writing, Spanish, Independent Language Study.