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Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth

Office of Adult Education and Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs

General Educational Development Curriculum Framework

Language Arts, Reading

Language Arts, Reading Content Standard

The adult learner is able to use appropriate reading strategies in order to understand different types of text in a variety of academic and real-life situations.

Level (EFL):Adult Secondary Education (GED)

Strand A: Language Arts, Reading


1.0 Uses word analysis and decoding strategies to pronounce and understand words in order to derive meaning from literary and real-life material.


The adult learner is able to:

Examples of How/Where Adults

Use This Skill


Use written patterns of speech to decode unfamiliar words.

Recognize recurring spelling patterns of language.

Use basic rules of phonics.

Pronounce new or unfamiliar words.

The adult learner understands the relationship between a specific letter and/or letter combinations and their sounds and can pronounce new or unfamiliar words with relative ease.

Recognize technical terms found in various content areas such as science, mathematics, and social studies.

Use vocabulary from workplace and community documents that include terms specific to that area, such as political terms found on campaign brochures.


Use rules of polysyllabic words to pronounce word parts.

Closed by a consonant, CVC (vowel is short)

Open ends in a vowel, CV (vowel is long)

Final silent – e (vowel in last syllable is long)

A controlled r changes the sound of any vowel that is followed by the r (vowel is neither short nor long)

Final – le as in bu/gle (vowel sound is long, consonant and le syllable is a schwa or “uh” sound)

The adult learner is able to sound out each syllable of a polysyllabic word and combine all syllables together to pronounce words with a high level of accuracy.

Sound out unfamiliar words in consumer manuals or documents.

Pronounce terms and processes included in work-related technical manuals.


Use knowledge of etymology of root words to understand and expand vocabulary.

The adult learner has sufficient understanding of the basic elements of words, such as: Anglo-Saxon, Greek, and Latin origins to draw inferences concerning the meaning of scientific other technology terms.

Example: “mon” or “mono” signifies alone or single; therefore, monotone = single tone, and monochrome = one color or hue.

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Adult Secondary Education (GED) Curriculum Framework

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