HIGH BEGINNING ESL                                                    COMPETENCY OVERVIEW

CASAS Range: 191-200


By the end of this level, learners will…


  1. Communication
    1. Identify orally, read, and write self and personal information.
  2. Consumer Economics
    1. Recognize US currency, symbols relating to money, and read prices.
    2. Identify basic foods, food groups, and healthy eating habits,
    3. Use vocabulary for home furnishings and reporting household repairs.
    4. Recognize concepts and vocabulary for cleaning and hygiene.
    5. Name common items of clothing.
    6. Follow directions of location.
    7. Follow directions of maintenance and care.
  3. Community Resources
    1. Use a residential telephone; call to request appointments; call 911.
    2. Tell time using analog and digital clocks.
    3. Identify signs using sight words and symbols.
    4. Use vocabulary to ask for and give simple directions.
    5. Know basic American holidays.
    6. Read a restaurant menu.
    7. Know basic principles of safe driving.
    8. Use a simple street or road map.
  4. Health
    1. Recognize and identify basic body parts.
    2. Recognize basic vocabulary relating to illness and accidents.
    3. Recognize basic health care vocabulary.
    4. Read an appointment card.
    5. Interpret for simple first aid.
    6. Interpret medication and prescription labels.
    7. Interpret basic nutritional information on food labels.
  5. Employment
    1. Identify entry level jobs and associated vocabulary.
    2. Request a job application.
    3. Complete a simplified job application with assistance.
    4. Respond to basic job interview questions.
    5. Produce identification forms required for employment.
    6. Ask for assistance and clarification on the job.
    7. Understand basic work safety phrases.
    8. Read a simple work schedule.
    9. Recognize pay stubs and deductions.
  6. Computation
    1. Recognize, read, and write cardinal (through 100) and ordinal (through 10) numbers in numbers and words.
    2. Recognize basic cooking measurements.
  7. Learning to Learn
    1. Read and comprehend silently and aloud and answer questions.
    2. Determine main idea in a simple paragraph.
    3. Demonstrate sequential ordering of events from a simple paragraph.
    4. Read a simple table, graph, or chart.
    5. Follow a simple recipe.
  8. Writing and Grammar
    1. Write dictation based on life skill topics.
    2. Demonstrate use of capitalization.
    3. Write a basic friendly letter and address an envelope including the return address.
    4. Use subject pronouns.
    5. Use demonstrative pronouns.
    6. Use common verbs.
    7. Use adverbs.
    8. Use adjectives.
    9. Use prepositions of location.
    10. Use common and proper nouns.