BEGINNING ABE LITERACY                                   COMPETENCY OVERVIEW
CASAS Range: 200 and below                                         TABE Range: 0.0-2.0


By the end of this level, learners will


  1. Communication
    1. Read and write personal information.
    2. Respond orally to questions regarding personal information.
    3. Sign their name.
    4. Ask questions for clarification in group communication.
    5. Read and write letters in upper and lower case.
  2. Consumer Economics
    1. Recognize coins, currency, and monetary symbols.
    2. Read clothing labels for size and care.
    3. Locate size information using a height and weight chart.
    4. Recognize and interpret product safety labels.
    5. Recognize information on food safety.
    6. Read food labels and tags.
  3. Community Resources
    1. Buy stamps and address a letter.
    2. Interpret clock time.
    3. Read the months of the year and the days of the week.
    4. Recognize directional and informational signs.
    5. Recognize transportation signs.
    6. Read some items on a restaurant menu.
  4. Health
    1. Read an appointment card.
    2. Follow simple medical directions.
    3. Read a simple medicine label.
    4. Recognize the differences of the form different medicines take.
    5. Recognize the concepts of good nutrition.
  5. Employment
    1. Complete a simple job application.
    2. Answer basic job interview questions.
    3. Complete, with assistance, federal employment forms.
    4. Ask for assistance and clarification.
    5. Read a work schedule.
    6. Locate information on a pay stub.
    7. Understand common workplace safety signs.
  6. Government and Law
    1. Recognize basic government facts.
    2. Recognize basic laws.
  7. Computation
    1. Read, write, and say numbers.
    2. Count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.
    3. Know the math concepts of pattern, less, and more.
    4. Add and subtract 1- and 2-digit whole numbers without regrouping.
    5. Know basic measurement concepts.
  8. Learning to Learn
    1. Read and write the alphabet.
    2. Recognize how the printed word flows on a page.
    3. Know basic phonics rules of consonants, vowels, blends, and digraphs.
    4. Listen to a story and answer comprehension questions.
    5. Narrate a picture story in sequence.
    6. Dictate and read own stories.
    7. Recognize sight words.
    8. Differentiate and classify words, shapes, and colors.
  9. Grammar and Writing
    1. Recognize and use singular and plural nouns; articles, adjectives, subject, object, possessive, and demonstrative pronouns; present, present-continuous, and past tense verbs; and prepositions.
    2. Follow the simple capitalization and end punctuation rules.
    3. Write sentences in a simple pattern with subject-verb agreement.
    4. Write personal stories, sentences, and questions.