Level 1


  • Can produce simple, mainly isolated phrases about himself/herself, people, and places.

  • Can ask and answer simple questions.

  • Can employ a few simple grammatical structures and sentence patterns that are replicated.

  • Can pronounce a very limited repertoire  of learned words and phrases which can be understood with some effort by native speakers used to dealing with speakers of his or her language group.



  • Can write sentences about themselves and familiar objects (family, school, job, hobbies, and daily activities).

  • Can write using simple connectors like and, but, and because.

  • Can use grammar introduced at this level with some accuracy.

  • Can express basic communication needs using sufficient vocabulary (basic).



  • Can follow/recognize speech that is very slow and carefully articulated with long pauses for him/her to assimilate meaning to identify topic and main ideas.

  • Can preview listening topic by using visual cues to activate background knowledge.

  • Can make predictions about the topic.

  • Can get clarification from the speaker as needed.



  • Can understand short, simple texts including informational material, identifying basic purpose, main ideas and supporting details.

  • Can activate schema and preview text.

  • Can use a bottom-up and top-down approach in order to aid in comprehension of a selected text.