LOW INTERMEDIATE ABE                                      COMPETENCY OUTLINE

CASAS Range: 211-220                                                   TABE Range: 4.1-6.0


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


  1. Communication
    1. Practice appropriate group communication skills.

                                                    i.     Verbal and nonverbal feedback

                                                   ii.     Consensus building

                                                 iii.     Active listening

  1. Consumer Economics
    1. Know how to apply for a loan, compute savings account interest, and reconcile a bank statement.

                                                    i.     Recognize how to apply for a loan

                                                   ii.     Savings account interest

                                                 iii.     Reconcile a bank statement

    1. Write a check and deposit form.
    2. Read and interpret housing availability through want ads and signs,

                                                    i.     Abbreviations

                                                   ii.     Contact information

                                                 iii.     Match housing description to housing needs and payment abilities and evaluate specific residence as an appropriate choice

    1. Interpret information on landlord and tenant rights,

                                                    i.     Read and understand a lease

                                                   ii.     Read and understand informational pamphlets on landlord/tenant rights

                                                 iii.     Know where to file complaints

                                                 iv.     Fair Housing

    1. Interpret information on driving regulations.

                                                    i.     Comprehend driverís license preparation material

                                                   ii.     Read and interpret traffic and driving informational and directional signs and symbols

    1. Interpret information on automobile insurance.

                                                    i.     Fill out an automobile insurance application form

                                                   ii.     Comprehend written material explaining automobile insurance

                                                 iii.     Compare and contrast insurance plans

1.     what is covered

2.     cost of coverage

    1. Interpret information on automobile maintenance.

                                                    i.     Interpret a chart showing scheduled automobile maintenance

                                                   ii.     Interpret a bill for automobile maintenance

1.     estimate

2.     final bill

    1. Compare and contrast shopping payment options.

                                                    i.     Credit cards

1.     annual percentage rate, APR

2.     minimum payment

3.     compounded interest

4.     in arrears

5.     past due

                                                   ii.     Debit cards

1.     from a checking account

2.     no interest

3.     works like a check

4.     PIN

5.     ATM

                                                 iii.     Cash

                                                 iv.     Check

                                                  v.     Store financing

1.     percentage rate

2.     down payment

3.     payment plans

    1. Interpret product ads.

                                                    i.     Locate price

                                                   ii.     Locate conditions of/restrictions for purchase

                                                 iii.     Identify sales tactic

1.     celebrity endorsement

2.     going out of business sale

3.     limited quantity

4.     everybodyís got it

    1. Interpret product labels.

                                                    i.     Read and interpret instructions

1.     for use

2.     for assembly

3.     to prepare

                                                   ii.     Interpret price labels

1.     price per ounce

2.     price per item

3.     sales tags

    1. Recognize elements of comparison shopping.

                                                    i.     Methods to gain information about products

1.     manufacturer information

2.     reviews and reports by independent evaluators

3.     word of mouth

                                                   ii.     Information to compare

1.     price

2.     warranties

3.     guarantees

4.     return policies

5.     performance

    1. Create a simple family budget.

                                                    i.     Budget categories

                                                   ii.     Income and expenses

    1. Complete a 1040EZ tax form.
  1. Community Resources
    1. Locate information about community agencies and services.

                                                    i.     Locate names, addresses, and phone numbers in the phone book

                                                   ii.     Interpret information in pamphlets as to appropriateness of service for a problem

                                                 iii.     Know the name and contact information for

1.     legal information

2.     social service information

3.     educational programs for children

4.     food shelves

5.     city information

6.     county information

7.     driverís license office

8.     library

9.     domestic violence shelter or hotline

10. hospital

    1. Use maps to locate places and travel directions.

                                                    i.     Locate county

                                                   ii.     Locate addresses of local businesses

                                                 iii.     Identify a travel route from one location to another using a street map

                                                 iv.     Identify a travel route from one city to another using a highway map

    1. Interpret time zone information.

                                                    i.     Identify time zones on a map of the US

                                                   ii.     Figure out the time in one area of the US when it is another time in a different area

    1. Use a thermometer to measure temperature.

                                                    i.     Above and below zero

                                                   ii.     Above and below freezing

                                                 iii.     Fahrenheit and Celsius

  1. Health
    1. Compute dosage using a chart.

                                                    i.     Height

                                                   ii.     weight

    1. Interpret nutrition information.

                                                    i.     Percentage of Recommended Daily Allowance met by a serving

                                                   ii.     Subjective understanding if there is too much or too little of an ingredient, vitamin, or mineral

    1. Identify information on substance abuse problems.

                                                    i.     Location of places to assist with alcohol, tobacco, or drug abuse

                                                   ii.     Recognition of symptoms of alcohol, tobacco, or drug abuse

                                                 iii.     Read pamphlets on abuse problems and treatment centers for information on symptoms and assistance

  1. Employment
    1. Identify places to obtain information about employment vacancies.

                                                    i.     Want ads

                                                   ii.     Networking

                                                 iii.     Internet job search sites

                                                 iv.     Job postings

    1. Interpret job vacancy information.

                                                    i.     Read and understand qualifications and duties of the position

                                                   ii.     Compare qualifications with individual qualifications

                                                 iii.     Evaluate job appropriateness

1.     qualifications match what candidate is able to do

2.     duties are of interest

3.     pay and hours meet lifestyle requirements

    1. Complete a detailed job application without assistance.
    2. Create a resume.

                                                    i.     Objective

                                                   ii.     Education

                                                 iii.     Experience

                                                 iv.     Special skills

                                                  v.     References

    1. Write a cover letter in response to a specific job.

                                                    i.     Formal letter format

                                                   ii.     Specific information

                                                 iii.     Word processed

    1. Ask and answer questions at a job interview.

                                                    i.     Ask and answer questions at a job interview

                                                   ii.     Practice appropriate interpersonal skills

1.     hand shake

2.     eye contact

3.     posture

4.     active listening

5.     responding to the question asked

                                                 iii.     Grooming and hygiene

    1. Fill out a time card or time sheet.

                                                    i.     Enter time in appropriate manner

                                                   ii.     Add up time

    1. Interpret information on a pay stub.

                                                    i.     Deductions

                                                   ii.     Gross pay

                                                 iii.     Net pay

                                                 iv.     Compute net pay when given gross pay and deductions

                                                  v.     Vacation and sick leave balances

                                                 vi.     Overtime computations

                                                vii.     Calculate hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly wage rates

    1. Compare information about benefit plans and fill out enrollment forms.

                                                    i.     Fill out benefit enrollment forms

                                                   ii.     Read information about benefit options

                                                 iii.     Compare and select benefit options that meet personal needs

    1. Fill out a productivity chart.
    2. Locate information on a procedure chart or diagram.
  1. Government and Law
    1. Know basic American history and government facts.

                                                    i.     Constitution

                                                   ii.     Bill of Rights

                                                 iii.     Elected officials

1.     national

2.     state

3.     local

    1. Know information on basic economic systems.

                                                    i.     Capitalism

                                                   ii.     Supply and demand

                                                 iii.     Profit and loss

  1. Computation
    1. Know number names up to 7-digits.

                                                    i.     Whole numbers up to 7-digits

                                                   ii.     Associate verbal name with written name

    1. Add or subtract three or four 3-digit or 4-digit numbers with or without regrouping.

                                                    i.     Add three or four 3-digit or 4-digit numbers with or without regrouping

                                                   ii.     Subtract 3-, 4-, or 5-digit numbers with or without regrouping

    1. Multiply a 3-, 4-, or 5-digit number by a 1-, 2-, or 3-digit number with regrouping and with and without remainders.

                                                    i.     Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number

                                                   ii.     Multiply a 3-, 4-, or 5-digit number by a 1-, 2-, or 3-digit number with regrouping

                                                 iii.     Divide a 3-, 4-, or 5-digit number by a 1-, 2-, or 3-digit number with and without remainders

    1. Associate verbal names with fraction names and numbers and write numbers as fractions.

                                                    i.     Associate verbal names with word names and numerals

                                                   ii.     Understand relative size of common fractions

                                                 iii.     Write numbers as fractions

    1. Convert mixed and improper fractions, reduce fractions, and find equivalent fractions.

                                                    i.     Convert mixed and improper fractions

                                                   ii.     Reduce fractions

                                                 iii.     Equivalent fractions

    1. Add and subtract fractions with common denominators and multiply proper fractions.

                                                    i.     Add and subtract fractions with common denominators

                                                   ii.     Multiply proper fractions

    1. Associate verbal names with decimals names and numbers and understand place value to thousandth.

                                                    i.     Associate verbal names with word names and numbers

                                                   ii.     Understand relative size of common decimals

                                                 iii.     Place value to thousandths

    1. Convert decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals.

                                                    i.     Convert decimals to fractions

                                                   ii.     Convert fractions to decimals

    1. Add and subtract decimals to solve decimal word problems.

                                                    i.     Add and subtract decimals

                                                   ii.     Decimal word problems

1.     shopping

2.     banking

3.     unit pricing

4.     mileage

    1. Solve real word problems with estimation and rounding of fractions and whole numbers.

                                                    i.     Solve real word problems with estimation

                                                   ii.     Round fractions and mixed numbers to whole numbers

    1. Write abbreviations for standard units of measurement, use a rule, and add or subtract measurements.

                                                    i.     Write abbreviations for standard units of measurement

                                                   ii.     Use a ruler to measure to the ľ inch

                                                 iii.     Add or subtract measurements with no conversions

    1. Use the formulas for perimeter and area.

                                                    i.     Perimeter

                                                   ii.     Area

    1. Describe, classify, compare, and sort geometric figures.

                                                    i.     Two-dimensional

1.     circle

2.     triangle

3.     angles

4.     square

5.     rectangle

6.     parallelogram

7.     trapezoid

8.     pentagon

9.     hexagon

10. octagon

                                                   ii.     Three-dimensional

1.     sphere

2.     pyramid

3.     cube

4.     rectangular solid

5.     cylinder

6.     cone

    1. Solve real world problems with the interest formula.
    2. Solve real world problems with the distance formula.
    3. Find averages.
  1. Learning to Learn
    1. Spell and read words with a variety of sound patterns, accents, and syllabication patterns.

                                                    i.     Tu, ture, ti, ci

                                                   ii.     Schwa

                                                 iii.     Accent

                                                 iv.     War, wor

                                                  v.     Open syllable V/CV

    1. Use synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.

                                                    i.     Define words using synonyms and antonyms

                                                   ii.     Differentiate between synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms

                                                 iii.     Spell homonyms correctly

    1. Follow a reading process.

                                                    i.     Predicting

                                                   ii.     Pre-reading

                                                 iii.     Questioning

                                                 iv.     Re-reading

                                                  v.     Summarizing

    1. Differentiate between different genres.

                                                    i.     Fiction

                                                   ii.     Drama

                                                 iii.     Poetry

                                                 iv.     Fables

                                                  v.     Legends

                                                 vi.     Biography

                                                vii.     Essay

    1. Evaluate information from graphic documents.

                                                    i.     Pictures

                                                   ii.     Maps

                                                 iii.     Signs

                                                 iv.     Diagrams

                                                  v.     Tables

                                                 vi.     Graphs

                                                vii.     Schedules

    1. Comprehend main idea, details, state and implied cause and effect, sequence, conclusions, fact or opinion, and authorís purpose.

                                                    i.     Main idea

                                                   ii.     Details

                                                 iii.     Cause and effect (state and implied)

                                                 iv.     Sequence

                                                  v.     Conclusions

                                                 vi.     Fact or opinion

                                                vii.     Authorís purpose

    1. Use standard reference materials include the internet.

                                                    i.     Dictionary

                                                   ii.     Encyclopedia

                                                 iii.     Atlases

                                                 iv.     Thesauri

                                                  v.     Internet

  1. Grammar and Writing
    1. Use Edited American English.

                                                    i.     Standard capitalization

                                                   ii.     Standard use of commas

                                                 iii.     Standard use of apostrophes

                                                 iv.     Standard use of end punctuation

    1. Follow spelling rules for adding suffixes and prefixes.
    2. Utilize a writing process.

                                                    i.     Prewriting

                                                   ii.     Drafting

                                                 iii.     Revising

    1. Organize writing using organization patterns and transitions.

                                                    i.     Organization patterns in paragraphs

1.     sequence

2.     cause-effect

                                                   ii.     transitions

    1. Identify parts of speech in text.

                                                    i.     Subject

                                                   ii.     Predicate

                                                 iii.     Noun

                                                 iv.     Verb

                                                  v.     Pronoun

                                                 vi.     Adjective

                                                vii.     Adverb

                                              viii.     Conjunction

                                                 ix.     Preposition

                                                  x.     Interjection

    1. Use verbs in the present, past, and future tenses.

                                                    i.     Present tenses

1.     simple present

2.     present continuous

3.     present perfect

                                                   ii.     Past tenses

1.     simple past

2.     past continuous

3.     past perfect

                                                 iii.     Future tenses

1.     simple future

2.     future continuous

3.     future perfect

    1. Write and identify sentences with various sentence structures.

                                                    i.     Compound subject and predicate

                                                   ii.     Compound sentence with conjunction

                                                 iii.     Phrases

                                                 iv.     Independent clauses

                                                  v.     Dependent clauses

                                                 vi.     Complex sentences