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Adult Ed/ English Language Proficiency Curriculum
Adult English Language Learners 4
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Core Standards of the Course

ELP Standard 1
An ELL canů
construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through level-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů
use an increasing range of strategies to:

  1. determine a central idea or theme in oral presentations and spoken and written texts
  2. analyze the development of the themes/ideas
  3. cite specific details and evidence from texts to support the analysis
  4. summarize a text.

ELP Standard 2
An ELL canů
participate in level-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, in various social and academic contexts, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. participate in conversations, discussions, and written exchanges about a range of topics, texts, and issues
  2. build on the ideas of others
  3. express his or her own ideas
  4. clearly support points with specific and relevant evidence
  5. ask and answer questions to clarify ideas and conclusions
  6. summarize the key points expressed.

ELP Standard 3
An ELL canů
speak and write about level-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. deliver oral presentations
  2. compose written informational texts
  3. develop the topic with some relevant details, concepts, examples, and information
  4. integrate graphics or multimedia when useful about a variety of texts, topics, or events.

ELP Standard 4
An ELL canů
construct level-appropriate oral and written claims and support them with reasoning and evidence.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. construct a claim about a variety of topics
  2. introduce the topic
  3. provide logically ordered reasons or facts that effectively support the claim
  4. provide a concluding statement.

ELP Standard 5
An ELL canů conduct research and evaluate and communicate findings to answer questions or solve problems.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. carry out both short and more sustained research projects to answer a question
  2. gather information from multiple print and digital sources
  3. evaluate the reliability of each source
  4. use search terms effectively
  5. synthesize information from multiple print and digital sources
  6. integrate information into an organized oral or written report
  7. include illustrations, diagrams, or other graphics as appropriate
  8. cite sources appropriately.

ELP Standard 6
An ELL canů
analyze and critique the arguments of others orally and in writing.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. analyze the reasoning in persuasive spoken and written texts
  2. determine whether the evidence is sufficient to support the claim
  3. cite textual evidence to support the analysis.

ELP Standard 7
An ELL canů
adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. adapt language choices and style according to purpose, task, and audience in various social and academic contexts
  2. use a wider range of complex general academic and content-specific words and phrases
  3. adopt and maintain a formal and informal style and tone in spoken and written texts, as appropriate.

ELP Standard 8
An ELL canů
determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů
using context, questioning, and an increasing knowledge of English morphology,

  1. determine the meaning of general academic and content-specific words and phrases, figurative and connotative language, and a growing number of idiomatic expressions in spoken and written texts about a variety of topics, experiences, or events.

ELP Standard 9
An ELL canů
create clear and coherent level-appropriate speech and text.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. recount a longer, more detailed sequence of events or steps in a process, with a clear sequential or chronological structure
  2. introduce and develop an informational topic with facts, details, and evidence
  3. use a variety of more complex transitions to link the major sections of speech and text and to clarify relationships among events and ideas
  4. provide a concluding section or statement.

ELP Standard 10
An ELL canů
demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English to communicate in level-appropriate speech and writing.

Descriptor
By the end of English language proficiency level 4, an ELL canů

  1. use increasingly complex phrases
  2. use increasingly complex clauses
  3. produce and expand simple, compound, and complex sentences.

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