Adult Education Standards and Benchmarks
for ABE ASE and ESL Learners
Examples of Proficient Performance
Standard: Convey Ideas in Writing for ESL
- Determine the purpose for communicating.
- Organize and present information to serve the purpose, context, and
- Pay attention to conventions of English language usage, including
grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.
- Seek feedback and revise
to enhance the effectiveness of the communication.
NRS Educational Functioning Level - Convey Ideas in Writing for
Adults performing at
this level can accomplish a variety of goals, such as…
Beginning Literacy ESL
- Printing all upper and lower case letters.
- Writing basic personal information (name, date, address, DOB,
and telephone number) on a simple form.
- Writing a present tense sentence (I am Juan; I like bananas)
using capitalization at the beginning and period at the end of
Low Beginning ESL
- Creating a grocery list with at least 5 items for another person
- Writing simple complete sentences and questions with appropriate
capitalization and punctuation.
- Writing a short dialogue to introduce a new member of the class.
High Beginning ESL
- Writing a short invitation to a party.
- Writing a brief biographical paragraph using some regular and
irregular past tense forms.
- Filling out the comment section in a form using simple and compound
Low Intermediate ESL
- Writing several connected sentences in a note to a teacher
explaining a child’s absence.
- Using a graphic organizer to develop and sequence ideas for writing
a short essay or story.
- Writing a simple paragraph with a main idea and supporting points
on family or country of origin.
High Intermediate ESL
- Writing a letter requesting information from a company or organization
and step-by-step instructions on a familiar procedure such as
changing the oil in a car.
- Writing out complete directions on how to get to a particular
- Writing two well-linked paragraphs on the pros and cons of buying
- Writing a convincing letter of complaint to a company in order
to redress a problem.
- Writing a cover letter for a job application.
- Writing a persuasive essay such as a letter to the editor or
a college application.
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