CUNY Adult Literacy : Instruction
Basic Education (BE)

Levels

Beginning BE students may know some letters but not all. They may recognize some common words like "house," "stop," "can" "went," etc. They may be able to read some short texts with easy-to-sound-out words, and to write lists and short messages.
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Intermediate BE students can read short books about topics they are familiar with. They can write short essays that express their opinions or tell about their experiences. They may still be learning to improve their grammar and spelling. Math skills may vary.
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Advanced BE students can read and understand novels like Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers, or El Bronx Remembered by Nicholasa Mohr. They can write essay on abstract issues as well as their own experiences, although they will need to work on organizing thoughts and refining their grammar and spelling. Math skill may vary.
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