Beginning Literacy ABE, Beginning ABE, Intermediate ABE -Draft 12/99

Revised Jan 27/00

[note: the listening and speaking column has been left onscreen for the moment; Louis, Susan - we really want to delete this column? No problem to take it out, but it's easier to omit it than to cut it out and re-insert it. - j.i]

math listening and speaking reading writing employability
level 1


- recognize and state numbers 1-99

- add and subtract basic figures

- use a calculator for basic exercises

- demonstrates ability to engage in conversations

- asks and answers questions

- can follow directions

- has basic control of grammar

- recognize letters of the alphabet and state in order

- name and say the sound of short vowels

- distinguish between vowels and consonants

- recognize words from personal word list

- complete a basic cloze exercise

- read a short (2/3 sentence) paragraph using words from basic sight word list and known phonics

- correctly answer questions about a story read to him/her

- beginning to form letters of the alphabet

- complete personal information section of a form, ie name, address, age, social security number

- beginning to write short, simple sences on a familiar topic using known words

- beginning to use period, question mark, capital letters correctly.

- can follow verbal directions

- can handle routine, entry-level positions with minimal written communnication

- can complete a time sheet with instruction

- understands basic computer operations

- beginning to do basic computer keyboarding

level 2


- complete simple math fuctions that include borrowing in subtraction

- complete multiplication, division, fraction question

- understand concepts of estimation and can apply (ie calculate the estimated cost of purchases)

- complete a check and balance a checkbook

- in listening to a tape or reader, can identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story

- in listening to a tape or reader, can identify the sequence of events of a story

- can make a brief oral presentation in a coherent manner

-locate information in authentic materials such as schedules, phone books, dictionaries, card catalogues

- retell, identify sequence of events, main idea and supporting detail in a passage

- use techniques such as phonics and context clues to read and comprehend new material

- correctly uses rules of punctuation most of the time

- adequate use of language and grammar in well-formed sentences

- beginning to use the ability to self-edit, by using tools such as the computer, personal dictionary

- uses a paragraph to indicate shift in idas and relate events in sequence

- complete some forms, such as basic job applications

- effectively communicate during an interview

- use a computer to type and print a paragraph

- write a basic memo or report

- read and understand basic information in an employee handbook

- demonstrate awareness of workplace culture and skills

level 3

(6.0 -8.9)*

- complete algebra problems with accuracy

- interpret basic charts, graphs and tables

- identify plot, theme, and setting in a variety of literary genres, including some of the classics

- understand inferential meaning

- takes notes on familiar material that is transmitted orally

- write complex sentences using connecting words and phrases

- write an essay of 3-5 paragraphs with a recognizable main idea and supporting details contained within each paragraph and consistently organize writing sequentially

- analyse and apply information from a variety of sources

- comprehend feedback from peers/management to imporve performance

- use a computer to produce work-related materials, including reports, memos and correspondence

- understand workplace policies and advocate for self and others

Draft December 16, 1999 Donna Sherman, Debbe Fate

Revised January 27, 2000 Susan Grislis and Louis Soares

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