HIGH INTERMEDIATE ESL                                        COMPETENCY OUTLINE

CASAS Range: 211-220


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


  1. Basic Communication
    1. Exhibit situationally appropriate interpersonal skills.

                                                    i.     Hand shaking

                                                   ii.     Nodding

                                                 iii.     Waving

                                                 iv.     Eye contact

                                                  v.     Situational politeness

    1. Write using manuscript and cursive handwriting.
  1. Consumer Economics
    1. Demonstrate ability to use banking services including ATM machines.

                                                    i.     Bank, savings and loan, credit union

                                                   ii.     Mortgage, loan, car loan, interest, principal

                                                 iii.     Savings, checking, balance, deposit, withdrawal, payment, check, check stub, check register, reconciling, balancing a checkbook, statement

                                                 iv.     ATM, PIN

    1. Understand comparative shopping, coupons, guarantees, warranties, and return processes.

                                                    i.     Comparison shop for food, clothing, and other purchases; compare prices, return policies, warranties

                                                   ii.     Read and interpret coupons; compute savings with a coupon

                                                 iii.     Read product warranties and guarantees

                                                 iv.     Read return policies

    1. Read and order from a menu.

                                                    i.     Serving, portion, children’s menu, senior citizen’s menu, senior citizen’s discount

                                                   ii.     Read and understand food names and descriptions

                                                 iii.     Read prices; understand price does not include tax or tip

    1. Identify means of locating housing.

                                                    i.     Read rental ads

1.     abbreviations—rm, rms, brm, br, bath, bsmt, lr, kit, dr, fp, fr

2.     lease, security deposit, cleaning deposit

3.     who and how to contact—phone number, address

a.     I’d like to see the apartment you have advertised.

b.     I’m interested in renting your house/apartment. Could I make an appointment to see it.

                                                   ii.     Buying a house

1.     read newspaper ads

2.     realtor, open house

    1. Describe household repair and maintenance problems.

                                                    i.     Plumber, electrician, roofer, handyman, gardener, plumbing, electricity

                                                   ii.     There is a problem with the ---

                                                 iii.     The --- isn’t working

                                                 iv.     The --- is broken

                                                  v.     There is no heat

                                                 vi.     There is no water

                                                vii.     There is no electricity

                                              viii.     I smell gas

                                                 ix.     The phone is out of order

                                                  x.     Who do I call for --- problems

    1. Read and react to safety signs and symbols.

                                                    i.     Caution, slippery when wet, slow, electrical hazard, flammable, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, eye wash station, hard hat required, do not use near water, no smoking, danger, emergency shelter, tornado shelter, poison, Mr. Yuk

    1. Respond to emergency situations.

                                                    i.     Severe weather—tornado watch or warning, severe thunderstorm watch or warning, blizzard warning, high winds, flood

                                                   ii.     Where to take shelter, emergency broadcast system, warning sirens

                                                 iii.     Emergency preparedness kit

                                                 iv.     What to do if there is a fire at home, school, work

                                                  v.     What to do if there is a tornado at home, school, work

                                                 vi.     Listening to severe weather reports on the radio and TV

  1. Community Resources
    1. Locate alphabetical and topical listing information in yellow and white pages.

                                                    i.     What are the yellow pages? What are the white pages?

                                                   ii.     White pages—residential listings, business listings

                                                 iii.     Government pages (blue)

                                                 iv.     Find a name in the residential listings use alphabetizing skills

                                                  v.     Find a business in the white pages using alphabetizing skills

                                                 vi.     Find a business in the yellow pages by using categories

    1. Identify and locate local businesses, governmental and community agencies.

                                                    i.     Post office, driver’s license station, police station, fire station, high school, elementary school, middle school, playground, library, unemployment office, INS office, immigration office, grocery store, department store, mall, drug store, pharmacy, restaurant, fast food restaurant

                                                   ii.     Locate on a map

                                                 iii.     Describe purpose/use

    1. Ask for and give directions.

                                                    i.     North, south, east, west, northwest, southwest, northeast, south east, N, E, W, S, NE, NW, SE, SW

                                                   ii.     Street, boulevard, avenue, circle, road, drive

                                                 iii.     Outside, inside, next to, beside

                                                 iv.     Turn left, turn right

                                                  v.     Could you tell me how to get to ---

                                                 vi.     Where is ---

                                                vii.     How do I get to ---

                                              viii.     Where is that?

    1. Read temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius; describe weather conditions.

                                                    i.     Read temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius; compare Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures

                                                   ii.     Weather conditions—cold, hot, cool, warm, humid, frosty, snowy, icy, sleet, rain, hail, tornado, thunderstorm, blizzard, windy, foggy, fog, breezy

    1. Identify items necessary for weather emergency preparedness.

                                                    i.     Shelter, emergency preparedness kit, battery-operated radio, flashlight

  1. Health
    1. Identify body parts and the five senses.

                                                    i.     Body parts—ankle, arm, back, blood, body, chin, eye, foot, hair, head, heart, knee, leg, nails, neck, shoulder, teeth, tongue, voice, wrist

                                                   ii.     Senses—taste, touch/feel, smell, sight, hear

    1. Describe aches, pains, illnesses, injuries, and dental problems.

                                                    i.     Backache, black and blue, black eye, broken leg, broken, tooth, burn, cut, dislocate, feel dizzy, fever, flu, headache, heart attack, hurt, injure, measles, pain, red spots, sprain, stiff neck, stomachache, swollen knee, toothache, twist an ankle

    1. Read and interpret medical instructions for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

                                                    i.     Take daily, take twice a day, take at meal times, take before bed, take with food, take with water, take on an empty stomach, teaspoon, spoonful, tablet, pill, capsule, dose, dosage, take until gone, reactions, side effects, store in a cool place, store in the refrigerator, store in a dark place, keep away from children, tamper resistant, childproof cap

                                                   ii.     Renew a prescription

                                                 iii.     Over the counter vs. prescriptions

                                                 iv.     Read the instructions on an over the counter medication

1.     Age appropriateness

2.     When to take

3.     When to contact doctor

4.     Side effects

5.     Uses

    1. Understand concepts of personal hygiene, grooming, and healthy eating.

                                                    i.     Hygiene and grooming

1.     bath, bathing, shower, soap, shampoo, hair brush, comb

2.     washing clothes, washing self

3.     hand washing

                                                   ii.     Healthy eating

1.     food guide pyramid, serving

2.     diet, dieting, watching what you eat

3.     vitamins and minerals

4.     recommended daily allowance

5.     nutrition labels

6.     washing dishes

7.     safe food preparation

  1. Employment
    1. Recognize and use bask work-related vocabulary.

                                                    i.     Time card, pay check, pay stub, deductions, taxes

                                                   ii.     Union, union dues

                                                 iii.     Insurance, disability, health insurance

                                                 iv.     Job titles

                                                  v.     Job duties

                                                 vi.     Training, interview, resume, application, skills, experience, occupation

                                                vii.     Night shift, shift, 3rd shift, 2nd shift, 1st shift, evenings, days, nights, swing shift

                                              viii.     Boss, employee, employer, supervisor, manager

    1. Prepare a job application and resume.

                                                    i.     Complete, without assistance, a job application listing personal information, experience, special skills, education history, and references

                                                   ii.     Complete a basic resume, word-processed

1.     objective, education, experience, references

2.     format, correct grammar, correct spelling

    1. Demonstrate appropriate behavior for a job interview.

                                                    i.     Respond appropriately to oral interview questions

1.     Where do you work now—do you have any special skills—tell me about your experience—what education or training have you had—why do want this job

                                                   ii.     Respond appropriately to improper interview questions

1.     How old are you—are you married—do you have any children—do you plan to get pregnant

                                                 iii.     Body language and image

1.     hand shake, eye contact, posture

2.     clothing

3.     smoking, gum chewing

    1. Demonstrate understanding of work rules for schedule, time sheets, punctuality, phoning in sick, and safety procedures.

                                                    i.     Filling out a time sheet or time card

1.     noting time to the minute and to the quarter hour

2.     adding up time

                                                   ii.     Work rules

1.     punctuality

2.     calling in sick

3.     filling out accident reports

4.     reporting safety problems

5.     harassment

6.     requesting vacation or time off

7.     performance reviews and promotions, raise

8.     salary, wages, hourly wage, over time, double time, sick leave, bereavement leave, union, contract, bargaining agreements

                                                 iii.     Safety procedures

1.     protective apparel (hard hat, eye protection, protective suit, ear protection)

2.     hazardous chemicals

3.     first aid, fire extinguisher

4.     lifting

  1. Government and Law
    1. Identify the current US President and Vice-President, state, and local officials.

                                                    i.     US president, vice president, senator, congressman, representative

                                                   ii.     Governor, state representative, state legislator, state senator

                                                 iii.     Mayor, city council, school board

    1. Recognize community laws.

                                                    i.     Curfew

                                                   ii.     Safety hazards

1.     clear sidewalks

2.     trash-free yards

                                                 iii.     Traffic laws

                                                 iv.     Mandatory schooling for children

                                                  v.     Discipline, child abuse

  1. Learning to Learn
    1. Plan a schedule of activities on a calendar.

                                                    i.     Create a chart showing days and times; fill in with activities

    1. Identify and compare self, family members, and others using physical characteristics and personal traits.

                                                    i.     Physical characteristics and personal traits

1.     Hispanic, Asian, African, African-American, Native American, black, white, Caucasian, foreign, American

2.     tall, short, fat, skinny, thin, overweight, attractive, ugly, beautiful, pretty, large, small, little, tiny

3.     hair—blond, red head, brunette, black, brown, bald, curly, straight, short, long, crew cut

4.     eyes—blue, green, brown, black

5.     married, single, engaged, widowed

6.     personal traits—talkative, shy, funny, quiet, loud, happy, sad, tired, athletic, conservative, critical, lazy, intelligent, smart, liberal, nice, old, young, middle-age, outgoing, popular, successful

    1. Communicate feelings and impressions.

                                                    i.     Emotions—happy, sad, angry, love, hate, mad, ashamed, bored, confused, disappointment, embarrassed, frightened, frustrated, glad, heartbroken, jealous, lonely, nervous, pride, unhappy, upset

                                                   ii.     Expressing likes, dislikes, acceptance, rejection

1.     I like

2.     I don’t like

3.     I agree

4.     I don’t agree

5.     Not me

6.     Me too

7.     I want

8.     I don’t want

9.     I dislike

    1. Describe person, place, thing, or event.

                                                    i.     Adjectives

                                                   ii.     Adverbs

                                                 iii.     Colors

                                                 iv.     Physical characteristics

                                                  v.     Emotional characteristics

                                                 vi.     Behavior

    1. Recognize the meanings of words with common prefixes and suffixes; recognize the meanings of compound words.

                                                    i.     Common prefixes—pre, ante, pro, re

                                                   ii.     Common suffixes—tion, sion, ly, ing, ed,

                                                 iii.     Compound words—(example) housework, blackboard—two words that make one new word

    1. Read and answer comprehension questions on short, multi-paragraph fiction and non-fiction pieces.

                                                    i.     Brief factual and fiction pieces, multi paragraph on a variety of topics

                                                   ii.     Make predictions prior to reading based on title, pictures or graphics

                                                 iii.     Determine main idea and supporting detail

                                                 iv.     Recognize sequence

    1. Interpret simple charts, graphs, maps, tables, and diagrams.

                                                    i.     Identify main idea

                                                   ii.     Uses of information

                                                 iii.     Details found in the information

  1. Grammar and Writing
    1. Write a short note, friendly letter, short paragraph, and a set of simple directions.

                                                    i.     Short notes

                                                   ii.     Friendly letter

                                                 iii.     Envelope

                                                 iv.     Short paragraph

1.     Main idea, two or three details

                                                  v.     Simple directions

1.     To a location

2.     How to do something

    1. Use common verbs, contracted forms, and correct spelling in present, present continuous, past, future, present perfect, and modals.

                                                    i.     Contractions

                                                   ii.     Present

                                                 iii.     Present continuous

                                                 iv.     Past

                                                  v.     Future

                                                 vi.     Present perfect

                                                vii.     Modals

    1. Use information questions.

                                                    i.     Who, what, where, when, whose, whom, why, how

    1. Use adjectives.

                                                    i.     Demonstrative

                                                   ii.     Possessive

                                                 iii.     Descriptive

    1. Use adverbs.

                                                    i.     Frequency

                                                   ii.     Time

                                                 iii.     Location

    1. Use prepositions.

                                                    i.     Of location

                                                   ii.     Of direction

    1. Use nouns.

                                                    i.     Count/non count

                                                   ii.     Possessive

                                                 iii.     Common/proper

                                                 iv.     Plural—regular/irregular

    1. Use sentence structure.

                                                    i.     Subject, verb, object