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Language Arts (also known as English Language Arts) is the name given to the study and improvement of the arts of language. Traditionally, the primary divisions in language arts are literature and language, where language in this case refers to both linguistics, and specific languages. According to the International Council of Teachers of English, the five strands of the language arts are reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing (visual literacy).
According to professors of the language arts,[who?] the most important topic of it is debating. When writing essays, the important part is stated to be the argument – for instance, the opinion of the writer, the opinion of an expert, or the opinion of a specialized human. Another important part of the debating in the essay (of language arts) is the proof. The writer can have statistical proof, or other forms of numerical, phonetic, and symbolic proof.
Reading, by definition, is the ability and knowledge of a language that allows comprehension by grasping the meaning of written or printed characters, words, or sentences. Reading involves a wide variety of print and non-print texts that helps a reader gain an understanding of the material that is being read. Reading of texts that are often included in educational curriculum include fiction, nonfiction, classic, and also contemporary works. Reading goes beyond calling words to understanding the information presented in a written or a visual context.
Composition is defined as the combination of distinct parts or elements to form a whole and the manner in which these elements are combined or related. The following are examples of composing in Language Arts:
- The art or act of composing a literary work
- The structure or organization of literature
- A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise (an essay is a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative. There are many types of short essays, including:
- Five-paragraph essay
- Argumentative essay
- Cause and effect essay
- Comparative essay.
Compositions may also include:
- "The Road to Middle-Earth", T. A. Shippey