Community Education

Level 5
Level 5 Basic English Competencies

Speaking and Pronunciation
Use appropriate formal/informal register in the following language situations:

Introduce oneself and others.
Ask for information.
Give and accept compliments.
Ask for clarification on the phone.
Request help.
Offer suggestions.
Return/exchange purchases.

Describe past experiences, current living and work situations using appropriate general verb tenses.

Use basic vocabulary necessary for dental and medical appointments: cavity, Novocain, injection, outpatient, etc.

Understand and produce the various forms of the –ed and –s suffixes.

Review vowel sounds and voiced/voiceless consonant pairs; increase self-monitoring to pronounce these sounds in free speech.

Write numbers between 0 and 1000 when dictated in addresses, phone numbers and dates, and when taking messages.

Follow multi-step oral directions, e.g., locate a room within a building, a building within a city, etc.

Demonstrate oral comprehension of Level 5 key vocabulary and grammar points by completing cloze exercises and answering comprehension questions about increasingly longer language samples.


Follow multi-step written directions, e.g., in recipes, assembly instructions, employee handbooks, etc.

Locate information in the yellow pages.

Read a short prose piece and answer basic questions (including inferential questions) about its content.
Use an English-to-English dictionary to locate the definition of an unfamiliar word as it is used within a particular context.

Apply spelling rules for adding –ed and –ing suffixes.

Write a paragraph about past life, past and current employment and current living situation.

Write short formal and informal letters.

Write a thank-you note.

Review the following verb tenses: simple present, present continuous, simple past, past continuous, present perfect and future with be going to and will. Review forming negative and question forms in each tense.

Review irregular verbs: base form, simple past and past participle forms.

Two-word verbs.

Present perfect continuous tense.

First conditional.

Second conditional.

Gerund forms after verbs and prepositions.

Review relative clauses using who, which and that.

Relative clauses using where and whose.

Modals: may/might, must/have to/have got to, should/had better and used to.
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