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ESL Reading

Reading Type and Length

Vocabulary

Comprehension

Reading Strategy and Speed

Cultural References

CB21

4 levels below Freshman Composition or English 1A

Understand simplified personal, professional, academic and narrative texts on familiar and concrete topics.

Articles are usually 1-3 pages in length.  If a supplemental book is used in addition to the main text, it is a simplified version.

Have little knowledge of word roots, including affixes.

Sometimes understand new words and/or phrases when the context supports meaning.

Have little or no receptive knowledge of academic words.

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

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

Understand some new information from texts with familiar language.

Read in short phrases with developing fluency.

Sometimes understand common cultural references.

CB21

5 levels below Freshman Composition or English 1A

Generally understand simplified personal, professional, academic and narrative texts on familiar and concrete topics if teacher and text support is provided.

Articles are usually 1-2 pages in length.  If a supplemental book is used in addition to the main text, it is a graded reader.

Understand simple sentences which contain familiar words and phrases.

Sometimes understand clearly related sentences when context, background knowledge, or visual information supports meaning.

Have no knowledge of academic words.  English vocabulary

Often locate facts in short, simple texts.

Occasionally understand the central meaning and/or details of texts when content and language are familiar.

Sometimes understand new information from texts with familiar language.

Read word by word or in short phrases.

Rarely understand common cultural references.

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