HIGH INTERMEDIATE ESL                                     COMPETENCY OVERVIEW

CASAS Range: 211-220


By the end of this level, learners will…


  1. Communication
    1. Exhibit situationally appropriate interpersonal skills.
    2. Write using manuscript and cursive handwriting.
  2. Consumer Economics
    1. Demonstrate ability to use banking services including ATM machines.
    2. Understand comparative shopping, coupons, guarantees, warranties, and return processes.
    3. Read and order from a menu.
    4. Identify means of locating housing.
    5. Describe household repair and maintenance problems.
    6. Read and react to safety signs and symbols.
    7. Respond to emergency situations.
  3. Community Resources
    1. Locate alphabetical and topical listing information in yellow and white pages.
    2. Identify and locate local businesses, governmental and community agencies.
    3. Ask for and give directions.
    4. Read temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius; describe weather conditions.
    5. Identify items necessary for weather emergency preparedness.
  4. Health
    1. Identify body parts and the five senses.
    2. Describe aches, pains, illnesses, injuries, and dental problems.
    3. Read and interpret medical instructions for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
    4. Understand concepts of personal hygiene, grooming, and healthy eating.
  5. Employment
    1. Recognize and use basic work-related vocabulary.
    2. Prepare a job application and resume.
    3. Demonstrate appropriate behavior for a job interview.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of work rules for schedule, time sheets, punctuality, phoning in sick, and safety procedures.
  6. Government and Law
    1. Identify the current US President and Vice-President, state, and local officials.
    2. Recognize community laws.
  7. Learning to Learn
    1. Plan a schedule of activities on a calendar.
    2. Identify and compare self, family members, and others using physical characteristics and personal traits.
    3. Communicate feelings and impressions.
    4. Describe a person, place, thing, or event.
    5. Recognize the meanings of words with common prefixes and suffixes; recognize the meanings of compound words.
    6. Read and answer comprehension questions on short, multi-paragraph fiction and non-fiction pieces.
    7. Interpret simple charts, graphs, maps, tables and diagrams.
  8. Grammar and Writing
    1. Write a short note, friendly letter, short paragraph, and a set of simple directions.
    2. Use common verbs, contracted forms and correct spelling in present, present continuous, past, future, present perfect, and modals.
    3. Use information questions.
    4. Use adjectives.
    5. Use adverbs.
    6. Use prepositions.
    7. Use nouns.
    8. Use sentence structure.