|CUNY Adult Literacy : Instruction
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Beginning ESOL students can usually give greetings
and short introductions in English. They may be able to give brief directions
that explain how to get to a certain place or accomplish a certain task.
They can understand some simple questions and statements, although they
may need to hear them repeated. They can read words and simple sentences,
especially if there are pictures that go along with the text. They can
usually write their name and address.
Intermediate ESOL students can carry on simple conversations
in English about their own experiences in the present tense as well
the simple past. They can get the gist of most conversations and can
speak with correct grammar most of the time. They can write short personal
about their own experiences and read short texts about familiar topics.
Advanced ESOL students can understand most spoken language
and can speak fluently in English about a variety of topics, using a
vocabulary. They can use a variety of tenses; can give advice and express
preferences as well as speaking about hypothetical situations. They
write essays in English about their own experiences as well as about
ideas and issues. They can also read short novels in English about a