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Level 3

Level 3 Basic English Competencies

Speaking and Pronunciation
Describe personal background (origin, education, employment, etc.) using appropriate general verb tenses and ask others about the same information.

Describe current living/working situation using appropriate general verb tenses and ask others about the same information.

Give simple street directions and describe locations of street addresses: It’s downtown next to the post office.

Respond to requests positively and negatively with appropriate formal/informal register:
Yes, I can. I’d be glad to. No, I’m sorry. I can’t. etc.

Use basic vocabulary and expressions to accomplish tasks at the post office and at the bank.

Produce consonants, consonant clusters and vowels in imitation of instructor, working toward more careful production.

Listening
Demonstrate aural comprehension of grammar points, employment vocabulary and other Level 3 vocabulary by completing cloze exercises, writing dictated sentences and answering basic comprehension questions.

Listen to short monologues and dialogues and answer basic comprehension questions.

Reading
Read a piece of short prose, state its main idea and answer basic comprehension questions.

Read grocery store ads and coupons; read product labels to calculate price, follow directions and understand warnings.

Read medicine labels to follow directions and understand warnings.

Give and follow city/state map directions.

Writing
Address an envelope.

Write checks.

Write a short personal letter using date, salutation, body, closing and signature.

Write a short paragraph about personal background and employment history using appropriate general verb tenses.

Grammar
Review to be and to have in present, past and interrogative forms.

Irregular verbs: base form and simple past.

Prepositions.

Nouns: singular, plural, irregular plural, count and non-count.

Adjectives and adverbs.

Imperative (commands and requests).

Pronouns: subject, object and demonstrative (this, that, these, those).

Possessive adjectives and pronouns.

Verb tenses: simple present, simple past (including irregular forms), present continuous and future with will and be going to.

Modals: can and could to express ability and to ask permission.
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