- Program Considerations
- Classroom Strategies
- Levels of ESL Literacy
CLB Phase III Learner Audio Story
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Phase III learners have stronger literacy skills and often speak at a relatively high level, so they are most likely to be overlooked and misplaced in either mainstream ESL classes or mainstream Adult Basic Education.
Phase III programs recognize that ESL literacy learners need long-term continued support as they develop their literacy skills and their abilities in spoken English.
Phase III learners need to know about the possibilities once they are finished ESL literacy. Transitioning to the next stage should be on everyone's mind, and the instructor should work with learners to determine what each learner will do next.
Phase III learners represent a variety of age groups, family situations, countries and cultures of origin, languages, interests and skills.
Learners ready for Phase III:
- Are able to read and comprehend most simple paragraphs on familiar topics.
- Have a sight word bank of 600 words or more.
- Understand charts, graphs, forms and other formatted texts.
- Can write simple sentences with good control over spelling, punctuation and structure.
- Can put sentences together to form simple paragraphs on familiar subjects.
- Can use some strategies and are becoming increasingly independent.
- Are at CLB 4-6 in speaking and listening.
Over the course of Phase III, learners:
- Are moving towards increased use of strategies for learning, reading and writing.
- Develop more independent study skills and the ability to take responsibility for their own learning.
- Develop a more abstract understanding of structure and vocabulary, as well as the conceptual knowledge behind that vocabulary.
In this section, learn more about Phase III learners and the appropriate outcomes, approaches, materials and classroom routines for this level. Learn about planning effective theme units and lessons.
Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook: Levels of ESL Literacy: Phase III (220 kB)
Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. This chapter of the handbook focuses on CLB Phase III.Stakeholders are the people who are involved in the program or are affected by what occurs in the program. Key stakeholders in adult ESL Literacy programs include learners, instructors, program administrators, funders and community members.
Phase III Learner Profile (81 kB)
This learner profile provides program providers and instructors with a holistic overview of learners in CLB Phase III.