This literature review examined the importance of reading and writing skills, and their influence on learning. The description of selected teaching methodologies for development of students’ language skills and approaches to language learning and acquisition are the main core of this study. Its significance is in highlighting methods for teaching languages that value meaningful learning through the implementation and usage of the natural and communicative approaches. The literature review includes resources that cover the students’ learning styles, teachers’ role and the educators’ vision for a better future for the learner who’s going to acquire not only a language but also strategies applicable in real life situations beyond school. The researcher concluded that investing in the development of the students’ reading and writing skills provides opportunities for meaningful learning to occur. Also, the study revealed factors may speed the learning process and other factors may hinder it. The researcher has recommended the application of rubric-referenced self-assessment on the development of writing and critical thinking skills.