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ESL Reading

Reading Type and Length

Vocabulary

Comprehension

Reading Strategy and Speed

Cultural References

1A

Readings include both expository and narrative texts, with some level of abstraction.

Articles range from 1-6 pages in length.  In addition to a main text, may include one book-length work.

understanding of some academic words such as on the Academic Word List, with developing proficiency at using these academic words to discuss and write about readings.

time constraints.

Often use textual cues such as sentence connectors and transitional devices to comprehend the meaning and structure of a text.

Develop the awareness of a need to evaluate text credibility.

comprehend the meaning and structure of a text.

CB21

3 levels below Freshman Composition or English 1A

Read and moderately understand a range of personal, professional, academic and literary texts, which may include non-adapted/authentic texts written for native English speakers.  Authentic texts are usually supported by context and/or vocabulary notes to aid understanding.

Expository texts are short and/or simplified and narrative elements may predominate.

Articles range from 1-4 pages in length.  In addition to a main text, may include a book-length work, either a simple, authentic work or a simplified book.

Have a developing understanding of word roots, including affixes.

Sometimes understand new words from context.

Understand most general vocabulary but know only a few academic words, such as on the Academic Word List.

Sometimes use textual cues such as sentence connectors and transitional devices to comprehend the meaning and structure of a text.

Usually distinguish between main and supporting ideas in texts which have familiar content and/or language.

Often understand new information from texts with familiar language.

Read narrative, familiar, or simplified texts fluently and rapidly, but will slow and retrace reading for most authentic texts.

Occasionally use textual cues such as sentence connectors and transitional devices to comprehend the meaning and structure of a text.

Often understand common cultural references.

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