language arts

plural noun

Definition of language arts

: the subjects (such as reading, spelling, literature, and composition) that aim at developing the student's comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language

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Photo: Erin Lefevre for The Wall Street Journal Most phonics programs recommend lessons for 20 to 30 minutes a day in kindergarten through second grade, as part of broader work in language arts. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Schools Seen as Falling Short in a Pillar of Teaching Reading," 26 Dec. 2018 The annual tally of the world’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions is a little like that—but with a lot more on the line than a B in language arts. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again," 6 Dec. 2018 Reading scores weren’t considered because the state changed language arts tests after the reforms took effect. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Scott Walker’s Education Dividend," 11 Oct. 2018 The questions are so out of line for high school language arts. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "'Morality test,' on topics like incest and puppy-killing, judged 'not OK' by students' parents," 8 Sep. 2018 The sixth-grade English and language arts teacher was reportedly suspended from work after someone sent a video from Kandice's private Facebook page to school administration of her performing a pole dancing routine in her home. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Teacher Kandice Mason Reportedly Suspended After Pole Dancing Video," 21 Aug. 2018 Classrooms where students learn math, social studies and English language arts will also be getting new furniture that’s designed to maximize flexibility, according to Caruso Principal Brian Bullis. Steve Sadin,, "New libraries at Caruso and Shepard designed with an eye toward collaboration, technology," 9 July 2018 Burbey will return to Aberdeen Middle School to teach language arts. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Moving back to classroom, Harford teachers union leader steps down," 6 July 2018 According to that assessment, just 7.5 percent of juniors who took the ACT were proficient in English language arts; and none were proficient in math. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Howard Fuller emerges as central figure in battle over the future of MPS North Division High School," 5 July 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of language arts

: school subjects (such as reading, spelling, and writing) that relate to using language

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