ESL Middle School students are usually between the ages of 9 and 14. The focus for them is on speaking and their ability to successfully communicate in English at a beginner level. Vocabulary taught here is more advanced and longer articles and story books can be read and discussed. Ideally, learners at this level should be able to communicate using English with their peers as well as their teacher. Topics discussed in class will start to be much more abstract such as love, hate, revenge, and empathy.