LOW INTERMEDIATE ESL                                     COMPETENCY OVERVIEW

CASAS Range: 201-210


By the end of this level, the learner will…


1.     Communication

a.     Differentiate between and recognize uses of documents related to identity—driver’s license, insurance card, social security card, passport.

b.     Answer, orally and in writing, questions regarding conversations.

c.     Respond appropriately to verbal questions.

2.     Consumer Economics

a.     Count and use US coins and currency.

b.     Write a check and record information in a checking or savings register.

c.     Identify clothing items.

d.     Read and interpret clothing size and care labels.

e.     Read sales ads and compare prices.

f.      Identify types of housing and household items.

g.     State food costs, read ads, use coupons, and compare prices.

h.     Communicate information about home repair and maintenance.

i.       Know issues and responses to basic home emergencies and safety.

3.     Community Resources

a.     Leave and take a phone message.

b.     Read and understand a telephone bill.

c.     Identify basic utility companies.

d.     Read and understand traffic signs.

e.     Describe and identify community and public services.

f.      Demonstrate understanding of holidays and social customs.

g.     Describe weather conditions.

h.     Respond appropriately to weather emergencies.

4.     Health

a.     Define, read, write, and say health care and emergency vocabulary.

b.     Request a doctor’s appointment.

c.     Communicate symptoms and injuries.

d.     Follow doctor’s instructions given orally and in writing; read and interpret information on medicine labels.

e.     Read a thermometer.

f.      Identify basic foods and food groups.

g.     Read nutritional information on food labels.

5.     Employment

a.     Read simple want-ads.

b.     Complete a simple job application without assistance and describe personal work experience and skills.

c.     Understand basic employment expectations, regulations, and safety.

d.     Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills for employment situations.

e.     Recognize and respond appropriately to work place safety hazards.

6.     Government and the Law

a.     Identify the US President, Vice-President, and Minnesota Governor.

b.     Understand basic government concepts.

7.     Computation

a.     Understand the concept of positive and negative when applied to banking.

b.     Add and subtract whole numbers and decimals.

c.     Multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals.

d.     Recognize basic fraction names.

8.     Learning to Learn

a.     Make predictions prior to reading.

b.     Read and comprehend silently and aloud.

c.     Answer comprehension (main idea, detail, and sequence) questions.

d.     Read a simple table or chart.

e.     Read and interpret product label directions, warning signs, and symbols.

9.     Grammar and Writing

a.     Recognize, state, read, and write statements and questions.

b.     Use subject, object, and possessive pronouns.

c.     Use common verbs in the present, future, and past tense (regular and irregular).

d.     Use adjectives (descriptive, possessive, demonstrative).

e.     Use prepositions.

f.      Use common and proper nouns in the singular and plural.

g.     Use adverbs.

h.     Use articles.