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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric.

Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Write expository essays
Assess descriptions and Design and deliver Form opinions on complex
Integrated ESL narrations of factual and speeches on academic articles and academic
referencing outside sources.

Advanced technical materials. topics with references to the papers of 1 to 10 pages in Apply the writing process.
outside resources. length.
Categorize paragraphs into
Discriminate for accurate
a logical sequence.
CB 21 A information while taking Communicate facts and talk Identify word roots including
notes of a complex casually on topics of current affixes. Integrate the ideas of others
discourse. public and personal interest through paraphrase,
One level and academic relevance. Infer the meaning of new summary, and quotation
Assess the essential Apply situational and words in context. into a paper that expresses
prior to message and details of an culturally appropriate the writers own opinion,
transfer level extended discourse on a language to express Summarize and paraphrase position or analysis.
variety of professional and differing opinions. theme, purpose and point of
English academic topics. view from a reading. Utilize wide range of
Utilize sophisticated vocabulary.
Evaluate content of a vocabulary and Critique arguments and Utilize sentences of varying
conceptually and communicative strategies supported opinions. structure and type:
linguistically complex such as pause fillers, subordination, coordination,
discourse. stalling, paraphrasing and Evaluate credibility of a and transitional devices.
circumlocutions. resource.
Express ideas in a variety of
Communicate fluently with Discriminate among verb tenses.
native-like stress and contextual cues to evaluate Edit writing for grammatical
intonation patterns and the meaning and structure form, word choice, spelling,
native-like pauses and flow of the text. mechanics, sentence
of speech. variety, and organization.
Evaluate personal,
Communicate shades of professional, academic and
meaning as a native literary non-adapted and
speaker might. authentic texts.

Participate in extended Research, collect and

conversations . interpret information from a
variety of authentic sources
(Internet, news media,
periodicals, etc.)

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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric. Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Interpret majority of face-to- Deliver a well organized oral Read and determine the Utilize a writing process
Integrated ESL face speech in standard presentation on an academic meaning of personal, approach to write a well-
Low Advanced dialect and at a normal rate, topic. professional and literary texts
written for native English
developed essay including
although some repetition introduction, body and
may be needed. Engage in extended conclusion.
CB 21 B conversations on familiar Read and determine the
meaning in abstract expository
Interpret reduced speech. and unfamiliar topics for a Write essays with clear
variety of purposes. and narrative texts 1 to 6 pages thesis statements using
in length.
Two levels Interpret most of the variety of rhetorical modes
language used in electronic Clarify meaning through Identify majority of word roots of about 350 words.
prior to media of general nature. strategies such as including affixes.
transfer level paraphrasing when Interpret the meaning of new
Utilize and evaluate a wide
Determine the meaning of misunderstanding occurs. range of vocabulary.
English new vocabulary in context.
words in clear contexts.

Communicate with With assistance, evaluate the Utilize a variety of

Discriminate for accurate comprehensible speech with authors theme, purpose, point sentence structures
of view and tone.
information while taking few errors in pronunciation including control of perfect
notes of a discourse. or intonation that inhibit Contrast main and supporting tenses.
comprehension. ideas in texts with familiar
Respond to detailed contexts and language. Write a business letter or
specific spoken instructions Make some adjustments in Assess contextual cues such as e-mail requiring some
language in face to face sentence connectors, detail.
conversation according to transitional devices and
the level of formality required pronoun references to interpret Complete forms that
by the situation. the meaning and structure of require narrative
the text. description.
Give multi-step directions Develop awareness of a need
and instructions. to evaluate text credibility. Edit writing for grammatical
Demonstrate understanding of
form, word choice, spelling,
and appropriate response to mechanics, and
authentic communications organization.
written for native speakers.

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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric. Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Integrated ESL High Identify main ideas and most Deliver an oral presentation on Analyze authentic prose on Write compositions of two or
Intermediate supporting detail in factual a familiar topic. familiar topics. more paragraphs with topic
material relating to everyday sentence and supporting
topics. Engage in extended Contrast recreational, academic details.
CB 21 C and technical literature.
conversations on familiar and
Three levels Determine the mood of the unfamiliar topics with some Formulate judgments about key Utilize a variety of sentence
message, attitudes and errors and misuse of ideas in short stories and structures and verb tenses.
prior to transfer level
feelings of the speaker, or the appropriate language. passages.
urgency of the message. Match vocabulary with the
Clarify meaning through Apply appropriate reading topic.
Interpret stories and short strategies such as rewording or strategies to understand
passages when vocabulary repeating when content of familiar fictional and Write personal letters or e-
and structures are in familiar misunderstanding occurs. technical topics. mail messages for various
contexts. Utilize syntactic clues to purposes.
Communicate with mostly clear interpret meaning of complex
Interpret natural speech with utterances by exhibiting sentences and new vocabulary. Fill out authentic paper and
repetition. significant control over basic online forms and applications.
native stress and intonation Analyze and make inferences
Demonstrate understanding of patterns. about the authors point of view.
oral announcements and Write a simple business letter.
Identify some of the word roots,
instructions with multiple Make adjustments in language
including affixes.
details. to fulfill basic courtesy functions Edit writing for content,
in face to face conversations. spelling, capitalization,
Interpret and compare
punctuation of various
information from a variety of
sentence types, and
sources (graphs, charts,
grammatical form.
websites, etc.)

Demonstrate understanding of
and appropriate response to
authentic, simple

Compare and contrast main

and supporting ideas in texts
with familiar content and

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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric. Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Integrated ESL Interpret face-to-face Deliver a short simple oral Interpret the messages of Compose a paragraph on
conversations in standard presentation on a familiar both authentic and edited a familiar topic including a
Low English containing some topic. materials in prose fiction on topic sentence and
Intermediate unfamiliar vocabulary. familiar topics. supporting details.
Engage in simple
Identify specified essential conversations and simple Identify main ideas and Construct simple and
CB 21 D information from a listening interviews on familiar topics supporting details or compound sentences
passage. (i.e. life in previous country, examples from familiar using simple and
cultural traditions, work and material. continuous tenses with
Four levels Interpret non face to face classroom routines, etc.) regular and irregular
conversations on familiar Infer meaning of new words verbs.
prior to materials in familiar Request and provide from context by analysis of
transfer level contexts. clarification and information prefixes and suffixes. Compose sentences with
when frequent vocabulary describing
English Distinguish among basic misunderstanding occurs. Scan a passage to find familiar topics.
grammar points such as specific details
subject-verb agreement Communicate orally in a Fill out paper or online
(He works, versus He comprehensible manner Determine connections forms requiring detailed
work). although exhibiting some between ideas within a personal information on
non-native stress and passage by interpreting varied topics.
Follow multi-step directions intonation errors and pauses transitional words.
and simple rules or which may slow Edit writing for spelling,
regulations presented comprehension on the part Read and interpret simple capitalization, punctuation,
orally. of the listener. graphs and charts. and basic grammatical
form with some degree of
Maintain simple accuracy.
conversations using
appropriate forms of address Write notes and simple
and register. letters.

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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric. Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Interpret simplified personal Ask and answer simple Interpret simple authentic Compose simple
Integrated ESL and work-related speech on questions related to basic materials on familiar topics. sentences about daily
Beginning familiar and concrete topics. needs using previously activities utilizing basic
learned utterances. Distinguish between main verb tenses.
High Evaluate and respond to and supporting ideas of a
non-face-to-face speech in Engage in simple paragraph on a familiar Compose a loosely
familiar contexts such as conversations on familiar topic. organized paragraph
CB 21 E simple phone conversations topics using mostly learned based on personal
and routine phrases with limited experience and familiar
announcements. grammatical accuracy. Identify relationships within a material.
Five levels passage using syntactic
prior to Distinguish new information Ask for meanings of words clues such as transition Compose a short note or
in a clear and familiar and expressions when words or pronoun message.
transfer level context with repetition or misunderstanding occurs. references.
English rephrasing. Fill out simplified forms
Communicate orally with Interpret simple narrative that require personal or
Discriminate words that general understanding on and descriptive passages on work-related information.
signal differences between the part of the listener even unfamiliar topics with
present, past and future though exhibiting non-native materials which include Edit and revise for
events. stress and intonation visual or other aides to make capitalization, sentence
patterns, which may interfere the context clear. punctuation, and correct
Interpret the central with understanding spelling.
message of a short listening Scan for specific information
passage. Give and ask for simple in simple authentic
Respond appropriately to directions. materials.
simple instructions including
requests for clarification. Predict meanings of
unfamiliar vocabulary in
Follow simple work and materials rich in contextual
class -related tasks and clues.
instructions presented

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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric. Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Integrated ESL Interpret simple words in Answer simple questions Scan familiar or basic text Compose simple
common everyday with phrases or simple for key information. sentences in present
Low Beginning situations. sentence responses. tenses.
Utilize strategies such as
Respond to simple requests Make statements related to predicting and phonics Compose lists and simple
CB 21 F for clarification in a familiar basic needs and everyday decoding to interpret new messages.
context. activities. words in familiar contexts.
Write a series of simple
Six levels Interpret simple face-to-face Ask for and respond to Interpret short, simple sentences on one topic
prior to conversations. requests for simple narrative paragraphs on based on previously
clarification. familiar topics containing learned vocabulary and
transfer level Interpret routine social previously learned structures.
English phrases drawn on personal Communicate orally with vocabulary and sentence
experience. some understanding on part patterns. Fill out simple forms which
of the listener even though require limited biographical
Respond appropriately to exhibiting phonemic errors Define the sequence of a or personal information.
short warnings and and non-native stress and simple narrative passage.
commands. intonation patterns which Edit writing for basic
interfere with understanding. Respond appropriately to 2 capitalization and end
4 steps written directions. punctuation.
Use short phrases to give
simple commands and
express caution.

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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric. Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Integrated ESL Interpret words, phrases, Express immediate needs Match phonological sounds Compose words and
and questions drawn from with short phrases. to letters and clusters of combine them into
High familiar materials. letters. phrases.
Beginning Answer simple questions
Respond to high frequency with short phrases. Recognize basic sight Fill out simplified forms
Literacy commands and social words. requiring personal
expressions. State lack of understanding information.
with one or two word Match basic vocabulary with
CB 21 G Interpret previously learned phrases. pictures of real objects. Compose simple lists.
words in slow speech.
Make minimally Interpret sentences using
Noncredit Clarify the meaning by comprehensible utterances vocabulary and grammar Compose words and
Seven levels attempting to reproduce which may include phonemic structures studied verbally. simple sentences with
what is heard. errors and non-native information about personal
prior to stress/intonation. Distinguish between biographical information
transfer level questions and answers. with limited accuracy
Demonstrate understanding
English of simple questions and Interpret simple forms Copy or transcribe familiar
for noncredit requests related to personal requiring biographical words, phrases, and high
information and needs information. frequency expressions
ESL only presented orally. from learned materials.
Follow one - two step written

Interpret basic informational

signs, charts, etc. (i.e.
calendars, clocks, simple

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Integrated ESL CB 21 Rubric. Updated: 3/8/2010

Listening Speaking Reading Writing

Integrated ESL Discriminate between Discriminate between Copy and transcribe letters
phonemes. Express immediate needs shapes of letters and and numbers.
Low Beginning with one word utterances. between upper and lower
Literacy Respond appropriately to case letters. Copy basic personal
single word commands. Use simple verbal and non- information on to a simple
verbal strategies to Demonstrate eye movement form.
CB 21 H Match sounds with letters. communicate. from top to bottom and from
left to right. Copy a list of words
Demonstrate understanding Answer simple questions previously produced orally.
Noncredit of simple expressions of with yes/no or one word Discriminate among
courtesy. responses with limited numerals.
Eight levels understanding.
prior to Demonstrate understanding Match phonological sounds
of familiar vocabulary with letters.
transfer level through physical response.
English for Recognize signs with one
word or symbol.
noncredit ESL
only Identify key words that ask
for name, address, and
phone numbers.

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