BEGINNING ESL LITERACY                                      COMPETENCY OUTLINE

CASAS Range: 180 and below


By the end of this level, learners will…


  1. Recite, read and write the alphabet.
  2. Count to 100 singly and by 5’s; read and write cardinal (through 100) and ordinal (through 10) numbers (as numbers); read and write ordinal numbers through 20 (as words).
  3. Recognize and use the names for basic shapes.
  4. Recognize and use the names for basic colors.
  5. Speak and respond to simple greetings, introductions, and farewells.
  6. Provide basic personal information in response to oral questions and on simple forms.
  7. Use a telephone.
  8. Know the names of the days of the week, the months, and the seasons; read and write dates.
  9. Ask and answer simple oral questions about the weather.
  10. Read and tell time.
  11. Recognize different currencies; read monetary amounts; read price tags.
  12. Follow and give one-step verbal directions.
  13. Recognize basic food items; read food costs and expiration dates; know basic food safety concepts.
  14. Recognize terms for basic clothing and sizes; read size and price tags; know clothing cleaning concepts.
  15. Recognize vocabulary for different types of housing; know the names of different rooms and major furnishings; know basic home safety, security, and cleanliness concepts and vocabulary.
  16. Know how to fill out a simple job application; know some basic vocabulary about entry-level jobs; know basic workplace safety concepts, signs, and symbols.
  17. Know how to buy stamps and mail a letter.
  18. Recognize and use the words for basic family relationships; ask and answer simple questions about family; know about compulsory schooling for children; recognize concepts about caring for children.
  19. Know and use vocabulary for basic body parts; know how to express basic medical ailments; know basic medical vocabulary; recognize safety signs and symbols; identify safe driving practices.
  20. Know basic signs and symbols for safety and direction; use a map.
  21. Know simple government facts.
  22. Know and use subject pronouns, present tense verbs, simple prepositions, and singular and plural regular nouns.