HIGH INTERMEDIATE ABE                                      COMPETENCY OUTLINE

CASAS Range: 221-235                                                   TABE Range: 6.0-7.9


By the end of this level, learners will have worked on and attained competency in the following areas:


  1. Communication
    1. Provide appropriate verbal and nonverbal feedback in face-to-face conversations.

                                                    i.     Use language appropriate to situations

1.     social

2.     academic

3.     employment

                                                   ii.     Employ language sensitive to gender and cultural bias and concerns

    1. Use responsive listening.

                                                    i.     Paraphrase

                                                   ii.     Summarize

                                                 iii.     Elaborate

                                                 iv.     Clarify

                                                  v.     Ask relevant questions

                                                 vi.     Make relevant comments

  1. Consumer Economics
    1. Interpret and compare information on savings plans.

                                                    i.     Interpret charts detailing interest rates

                                                   ii.     Compare savings plans

    1. Create a personal and a family budget.

                                                    i.     Create a circle graph of budget information

                                                   ii.     Express budget amounts in percentages and fractions

    1. Fill out an order form.

                                                    i.     Fill out a catalog order form

                                                   ii.     Compute sales tax

                                                 iii.     Compute shipping and handling charges

    1. Evaluate products through comparison shopping.

                                                    i.     Compare unit pricing

                                                   ii.     Evaluate products

1.     price

2.     warranty

3.     guarantee

    1. Interpret return policies

                                                    i.     Differentiate among return, exchange, and store credit

    1. Complete a credit card application and interpret information on a credit card statement.

                                                    i.     Complete a credit application

                                                   ii.     Interpret information on a credit card statement

1.     beginning balance

2.     payments

3.     charges

4.     interest

5.     minimum payment

6.     total balance

7.     where to send payment

8.     what to do if unable to pay

9.     when to send payment

10. what to do to change address

    1. Interpret information on a utility bill.

                                                    i.     Information on a utility bill

1.     charges

2.     payment required

3.     where to send payment

4.     what to do if unable to pay

5.     when to send payment

                                                   ii.     Determine where to call to

1.     start service

2.     discontinue service

3.     report a service problem

    1. Interpret information on home safety and security and develop an emergency plan.

                                                    i.     Develop an emergency plan and emergency kit

                                                   ii.     Identify potential safety hazards in a home

                                                 iii.     Read informational articles on home safety and security

    1. Read and interpret information on consumer protection.

                                                    i.     Read informational articles on consumer protection

                                                   ii.     Know where and how to report unsatisfactory products or service

1.     store manager

2.     store owner

3.     Better Business Bureau

4.     write a complaint letter

5.     phone call

6.     internet

  1. Community Resources
    1. Communicate with a child’s school and know information about children’s educational programs.

                                                    i.     Write notes to a child’s teacher

1.     explain absence

2.     request information about child’s performance

                                                   ii.     Children’s educational programs

1.     before and after school care

2.     enrichment classes

3.     Early Childhood Family Education

4.     Special Education

5.     Gifted and Talented

    1. Locate information on free or low cost legal information and services.

                                                    i.     Locate places for free or low cost legal information

                                                   ii.     Read informational articles about legal services

    1. Locate information on community assistance agencies.

                                                    i.     Homeless shelters

                                                   ii.     Food shelves

                                                 iii.     Domestic violence shelters and hotlines

                                                 iv.     Mental illness assistance

                                                  v.     Child care assistance

                                                 vi.     Housing assistance

    1. Plan a vacation.

                                                    i.     Budget

                                                   ii.     Where to go

                                                 iii.     Informational articles about places

                                                 iv.     Maps

                                                  v.     Request information about places

1.     letter

2.     phone

3.     internet

  1. Health
    1. Use advanced medical vocabulary to describe medical conditions, medical personnel, and body systems.

                                                    i.     Conditions

1.     Cholesterol

2.     Hypertension

3.     Arthritis

4.     Alzheimer’s

5.     Diabetes

                                                   ii.     Medical personnel

1.     Pediatrician

2.     Gynecologist

3.     Obstetrician

4.     Internist

5.     Oncologist

6.     Dermatologist

                                                 iii.     Body systems

1.     respiratory

2.     circulatory

3.     neurological

4.     muscular

5.     skeletal

6.     gastro-intestinal

    1. Interpret written medical instructions and information.

                                                    i.     When to use a medication

                                                   ii.     Side effects

                                                 iii.     Physical therapy instructions

                                                 iv.     Nutrition instructions

    1. Interpret information on substance abuse problems.

                                                    i.     Alcoholism

                                                   ii.     Eating disorders

                                                 iii.     Drug abuse

                                                 iv.     Treatment facilities and options

                                                  v.     Informational articles

1.     symptomology

2.     places to go for assistance

    1. Develop a meal plan following food pyramid recommendations.

                                                    i.     Develop a meal plan following food pyramid recommendations

                                                   ii.     Develop a meal plan to fit a certain calorie count

  1. Employment
    1. Read and interpret job-related information.

                                                    i.     Flow charts

                                                   ii.     Organizational chart

                                                 iii.     Procedures

1.     narrative

2.     graphic

                                                 iv.     Forms

1.     accident report

2.     leave request

3.     productivity reports

    1. Interpret and compute information on time cards and pay stubs.

                                                    i.     Compute overtime pay

                                                   ii.     Compute deductions based on percent

                                                 iii.     Compute yearly gross and net pay

    1. Identify employment training opportunities.

                                                    i.     Identify types of training for specific jobs

                                                   ii.     Identify types of training in general

1.     vocational college

2.     community college

3.     4-year university or college

4.     for-profit technical school

5.     continuing education courses

  1. Government and Law
    1. Fill out a voter registration card, compare and contrast candidates for elected office, and mark a ballot.

                                                    i.     Fill out a voter registration card

                                                   ii.     Compare and contrast candidates for elected office

1.     background

2.     stance on issues

3.     other factors of interest

                                                 iii.     Mark a ballot

    1. Fill out federal and state tax forms.

                                                    i.     Interpret written information on filling out tax forms

                                                   ii.     Fill out federal and state tax forms

                                                 iii.     Use a tax table to determine tax

    1. Identify issues of concern to a particular community and processes that can be used to address the issue.

                                                    i.     Identify issues of concern to a particular community

                                                   ii.     Identify processes that can be used to address the issue

1.     protesting

2.     petitioning

3.     city council

    1. Read and interpret information on common laws and ordinances.

                                                    i.     Read and interpret information on common laws and ordinances

                                                   ii.     Read and interpret information on common legal rights

                                                 iii.     Read and interpret information on a traffic ticket

    1. Read and discuss information about governmental activities.

                                                    i.     International affairs

                                                   ii.     Legislative activities

                                                 iii.     Judicial activities

                                                 iv.     Executive activities

                                                  v.     Military activities

                                                 vi.     Law enforcement activity

                                                vii.     Local policy-making

    1. Identify political leaders.

                                                    i.     Identify elected officials

1.     present

2.     vice-president

3.     senator

4.     representative

5.     governor

6.     state senator

7.     state representative

8.     mayor

9.     council members

                                                   ii.     Identify other political leaders

1.     leaders of countries in the news

2.     federal officials in the news

  1. Computation
    1. Use a scientific calculator.
    2. Perform multiple operations using whole numbers and decimals.

                                                    i.     Order of operations

                                                   ii.     Associative and distributive properties

    1. Sequence, add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals.

                                                    i.     Add

                                                   ii.     Subtract

                                                 iii.     Multiply

                                                 iv.     Divide

                                                  v.     With and without regrouping

                                                 vi.     Vertical and horizontal notations

                                                vii.     Sequence

    1. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.

                                                    i.     Add, subtract, multiply, and divide

                                                   ii.     Proper, improper, and mixed numbers

                                                 iii.     With and without regrouping

    1. Convert fractions, decimals, and percents.

                                                    i.     Convert fractions to decimals

                                                   ii.     Convert fractions to percents

                                                 iii.     Convert decimals to fractions

                                                 iv.     Convert decimals to percents

                                                  v.     Convert percents to fractions

                                                 vi.     Convert percents to decimals

    1. Calculate percent.

                                                    i.     Calculate for part, whole, and percent

                                                   ii.     Calculate sales tax

                                                 iii.     Calculate tip

    1. Solve word problems using ratio and proportion.

                                                    i.     Associate verbal names, written word names and standard numerals with ratios and proportions

                                                   ii.     Understand the relationship between ratio and proportion and fractions

                                                 iii.     Solve word problems using ratio and proportion

    1. Solve word problems using the interest, distance, and cost formulas.

                                                    i.     Interest formula

                                                   ii.     Distance formula

                                                 iii.     Cost formula

    1. Solve geometry problems using area, perimeter, and volume formulas.

                                                    i.     Area

                                                   ii.     Perimeter

                                                 iii.     Volume

    1. Measure using various measurement tools.

                                                    i.     Dials

                                                   ii.     Scales

                                                 iii.     Rulers

                                                 iv.     Gauges

    1. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide measurements with and without regrouping.
    2. Compute mean, median, and mode.
  1. Learning to Learn
    1. Identify unknown words through context clues.
    2. Comprehend a variety of printed materials.

                                                    i.     Main idea, stated and implied

                                                   ii.     Details

                                                 iii.     Facts

                                                 iv.     Predict outcomes

                                                  v.     Author’s point of view

                                                 vi.     Validity of information

    1. Comprehend specific elements of fiction.

                                                    i.     Plot

                                                   ii.     Setting

                                                 iii.     Characters

    1. Define and identify figurative language.

                                                    i.     Symbolism

                                                   ii.     Metaphor

                                                 iii.     Simile

                                                 iv.     Irony

  1. Grammar and writing
    1. Write a multi-paragraph narrative essay.

                                                    i.     Narrative

                                                   ii.     Transitions

                                                 iii.     Consistent point of view

                                                 iv.     Consistent verb tense

    1. Follow a writing process.

                                                    i.     Prewriting

1.     brainstorming

2.     clustering

                                                   ii.     Drafting

                                                 iii.     Revising

    1. Identify all parts of speech in a sentence.
    2. Write compound and complex sentences.

                                                    i.     Compound sentences

1.     with conjunction

2.     with conjunctive adverb

3.     with semicolon

                                                   ii.     Complex sentences with dependent clauses

    1. Practice self-editing skills.

                                                    i.     Consistent verb tense

                                                   ii.     Punctuation use

                                                 iii.     Subject/verb agreement

                                                 iv.     Spelling