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ESL Reading

Reading Type and Length

Vocabulary

Comprehension

Reading Strategy and Speed

Cultural References

ranges from 700-1000 words.

CB21

6 levels below Freshman Composition or English 1A

Understand simplified narrative texts on familiar and concrete topics if teacher and text support is provided.

Articles are usually 1-2 pages in length.  A supplemental book-length work is usually not required aside from the main text.

Comprehend familiar words and/or phrases which may appear in lists, labels, signs, forms, and directions, as well as in very simplified texts.

English vocabulary ranges from 400-700 words.

Sometimes locate facts in short, simple texts.

With help, understand new information from texts with familiar language.

Usually read slowly, word by word.

Lack understanding of common cultural references.

ESL Listening

Speaking Type and

Length

Listening

Speaking

Pronunciation

CB21

1 level below Freshman Composition or English 1A

Give speeches and participate in classroom discussions on complex and often controversial topics incorporating research and/or secondary sources to support one’s own opinion.

Speeches may range from 5-10 minutes.

Sustain understanding of essential message and most details of lengthy extended discourse on a variety of professional and academic topics (e.g., lectures) beyond the immediacy of the situation.

May not be able to sustain comprehension in extended unfamiliar discourse that is both conceptually and linguistically complex.

Use a wide variety of concrete and abstract vocabulary.

Communicate shades of meaning much as native speakers might.

Use differentiated vocabulary and the use of communicative strategies such as pause fillers, stalling devices, paraphrasing and circumlocutions.

Use smoothly connected sentences

Be generally comprehensible with some errors in pronunciation.

Make occasional non-native pronunciation errors.

Use speech that is smooth and mostly fluent.

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