ESL COMPETENCY OVERVIEW
By the end of this level, learners will…
- Paraphrase words or ideas in conversations.
- Understand use of formal versus informal vocabulary
and basic idiomatic expressions.
- Consumer Economics
- Understand banking systems and terms (loans, interest
rates, investments, mortgages).
- Identify budget planning strategies.
- Discuss US driving responsibilities.
- Know driving safety regulations and procedures.
- Describe information regarding rental
- Describe tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities.
- Compare/contrast various types of insurance.
- Community Resources
- Give and request information clearly by telephone.
- Locate and use a variety of resources in telephone
directories (maps, government agencies, coupons).
- Describe recycling regulations.
- Complete medical forms and accident reports.
- Use a variety of resources to search for job
- Know about different types of training.
- Complete a job application, resume, and cover letter.
- Ask and answer questions during a job interview.
- Understand performance evaluations and their impact.
- Understand job benefits.
- Fill out employment forms.
- Demonstrate understanding of US work ethic
(appropriate behavior, attitude, attire, social interaction).
- Demonstrate understanding of workers’ rights
(compensation, unionization, right to work).
- Government and Law
- Describe problem to and request service from public
- Identify and report types of crime as victim or
- Demonstrate understanding of elements of US court of
law (trial by jury, judge, jury, lawyers).
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and
- Add and subtract fractions.
- Compute percent of a whole.
- Compute interest using the interest formula.
- Learning to Learn
- Read and comprehend short fiction, narratives,
information articles, and news articles.
- Use context clues and dictionaries to define new
- Read and interpret graphic documents.
- Grammar and Writing
- Write a paragraph focusing on one topic.
- Use verbs (past continuous, future progressive, past
perfect, modals, conditionals, gerund, participles, infinitives).
- Identify parts of speech and use in sentences (nouns
[common, proper, plural, possessive], pronouns [subject, object, indefinite,
possessive, reflexive], adjectives; adverbs; prepositions, verbs).
- Use sentence structures (compound and complex, active
and passive voice, clauses and phrases, direct and indirect speech).