CUNY Adult Literacy : Instruction
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
ESOL

Levels

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.
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Intermediate ESOL students can carry on simple conversations in English about their own experiences in the present tense as well as 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 narratives about their own experiences and read short texts about familiar topics.
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Advanced ESOL students can understand most spoken language and can speak fluently in English about a variety of topics, using a varied vocabulary. They can use a variety of tenses; can give advice and express preferences as well as speaking about hypothetical situations. They can 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 variety of topics.
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