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Community Education

Level 4
Level 4 Basic English Competencies

Speaking and Pronunciation
Describe past experiences, present activities and future plans using appropriate general verb tenses.

Introduce oneself in a social or employment situation using appropriate formal/informal register.

Share information about family, origin and current employment situation.

Express opinions using appropriate formal/informal register; express agreement and disagreement using appropriate formal/informal register.

Express lack of understanding and ask for clarification.

Describe physical appearance of people and buildings.

Express completion of a task; ask if a task has been done correctly.

Produce all the vowel sounds in imitation of the instructor; begin to self-monitor to gain increasing control of these sounds in free speech.

Produce voiced/voiceless minimal pairs in imitation of the instructor; begin to self-monitor to gain increasing control of these sounds in free speech.

Listening
Demonstrate aural comprehension of Level 4 grammatical points, employment vocabulary and other key vocabulary by completing cloze exercises, writing dictated sentences and answering basic comprehension questions.

Write dictated addresses.

Write dictated numbers, including dates, prices and time.

Reading
Read a short piece of prose and answer basic comprehension questions (who, what, where, why, when and how).

Make basic inferences from a short reading.

Follow multi-step written directions (e.g., new product assembly, basic operating instructions, recipes, maps).

Comprehend job ads in the newspaper.

Comprehend basic abbreviations.

Read store schedules.

Read menus.

Locate numbers and basic information in residential and business listings in phone book white pages.

File and sort alphabetically and numerically.

Understand vocabulary relating to job benefits.

Read paycheck and check stub.

Writing
Fill out job applications with minimal assistance.

Write simple job/personal memos.

Write a simple business letter.

Write a short paragraph about personal experiences using appropriate general verb tenses.

Grammar
Review simple present, present continuous and simple past tenses.

Present continuous tense for near future.

Past continuous tense.

Present perfect tense.

Both/ neither/ all/ none.

A lot/ many/ much.

Some/any compounds.

Modals: must to express necessity and inference; can, could, have to and would like.

Review object pronouns.

Irregular verbs: base form, simple past and past participle forms.

Two-word verbs.

Prepositions.

Relative clauses using who, which and that.
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