Programs › Literacy

Language development is central to participants' intellectual, social, cultural, and emotional well-being. When participants learn to use language at Crossing All Bridges, they do more than master the basic skills.

They learn to value the power of language and to use it responsibly. They learn to express feelings and opinions and to support their opinions with sound arguments. They become aware of the many purposes for which language is used and the diverse forms it can take to serve particular purposes and audiences. They come to understand that language is an important medium for communicating ideas and information, expressing world views, and realizing and communicating artistic vision. Participants learn that language can be not only used as a tool but also appreciated and enjoyed.

Language is the basis for thinking, communicating, learning, and viewing the world.

Participants need language skills in order to comprehend ideas and information, to interact socially, to inquire into areas of interest and study, and to express themselves clearly and demonstrate their learning. Learning to communicate with clarity and precision will help participants to thrive in the world.