Adult Basic Education

(updated 7/17/13)


ABE 011
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I (1-10)
Students demonstrate knowledge of sound-letter relationships by listening, speaking, reading and writing the English alphabet. They become familiar with US currency and recognize common forms of print found in the home and environment. Prerequisite: CASAS/ESL appraisal test.

ABE 012
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE II (1-10)
Introduction to basic English vocabulary, conversation, and grammar. Students will become familiar with simple text in both oral and written form. Prerequisite: CASAS/ESL appraisal test placement into ABE 012 or successful completion of ABE 011..

ABE 013
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE III (1-10)
Students develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in an integrated manner that fosters cognitive English language acquisition and participation in native English communication in limited environments. Prerequisite: CASAS/ESL appraisal test or successful completion in ABE 012..

ABE 014
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE IV (1-10)
Students will improve their basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic skills. Conversation skills will be developed at a natural level of production. Literacy skills will begin to comprehend text at an evaluative level. Prerequisite: CASAS/ESL appraisal test.

ABE 015
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LAB (1-6)
Students will improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills by participating in a variety of activities including guided conversation, video and audio tapes, and computer programs that will aid them in becoming independent language learners. Prerequisite: Recommended in conjunction with ABE 011, 012, 013, or 014.

ABE 016
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE V (1-10)
Students will expand their cognitive academic skills and refine their oral proficiency, focusing on pronunciation and accuracy in oral and written speech. Literacy skills will be at the analytical and synthesis level of comprehension. Prerequisite: CASAS/ESL appraisal test.

ABE 020
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION ORIENTATION (1)
Includes individual goal setting, an introduction to educational programs offered at CC, placement testing, advising, and educational planning. Prerequisite for all new students to the ABE/ESL programs.

ABE 021
ABE LEVEL II - READING (1-5)
Students will complete Level 2A reading competencies mandated by the Washington State Basic Skills Competency Indicators and CASAS assessment in lab, lecture/lab setting. Prerequisite: CASAS score of 200-210.

ABE 022
ABE LEVEL II - WRITING (1-5)
Class participants will build writing skills as a preparation for GED testing, more advanced writing classes or work and family related goals. Emphasis is placed on the use of writing for basic survival needs, job situation, and personal communication. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 023
ABE LEVEL II - MATH (1-5)
Class participants will build basic math as a preparation for GED testing, more advanced math classes or family and work related goals. Emphasis is placed on place value, estimating and averaging, and whole number operations in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Application of operations in real-life word problems will be used to demonstrate competence. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 030
LIFE AND WORK STRATEGIES (5)
A life and work skills overview of ABE students. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in learning to learn, communication, thinking, personal management, group effectiveness and leadership. Prerequisite: 2.0 or above on TABE reading test.

ABE 031
ABE LEVEL III - READING (1-5)
Students will study Level 3 reading competencies mandated by the Washington State Basic Skills Competency Indicators and CASAS assessment in lab, lecture, or lecture/lab setting. Prerequisite: CASAS score of 211-220.

ABE 032
ABE LEVEL III - WRITING (1-5)
Class participants will build basic writing skills as a preparation for GED testing, more advanced writing classes, or family and work related goals. Emphasis is placed on identifying personal goals in writing, composing a variety of sentences and paragraphs, and applying these skills to life situations. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 033
ABE LEVEL III - MATH (1-5)
Class participants will build basic math skills as a preparation for GED testing, more advanced math classes or family and work related goals. Emphasis is placed on concepts and procedures to make an estimate, solve a problem, and/or carry out a task involving decimals and fractions. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 036
ABE II LEVEL II - Writing (1)
This course is designed to meet the needs of adults whose English skills are between the fourth and seventh grade level. Assessment will determine each student's starting level. This course is not designed to be completed within one quarter's time span. Students will work only in those areas where they need assistance. Washington State Core Competencies including practical living applications will be emphasized. Prerequisite: successful completion of ABE 022 or placement score between 4.0 and 6.9 on TABE.

ABE 041
ABE LEVEL IV - READING (1-5)
Students will study Level 4 reading competencies mandated by the Washington State Basic Skills Competency Indicators and CASAS assessment in lab, lecture, or lecture/lab setting. Prerequisites: CASAS score of 221-235

ABE 042
ABE LEVEL IV - WRITING (1-5)
Class participants will build basic writing skills as a preparation for GED testing, more advanced writing classes, or family and work related goals. Emphasis is placed on writing narrative descriptions, short essays, and a variety of formal letters with consistent use of basic punctuation. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 043
ABE LEVEL IV - MATH (1-5)
Class participants will build basic math skills as a preparation for GED testing, more advanced math classes, or family and work related goals. Emphasis is placed on mathematical concepts and procedures to make estimates, solve problems, and/or carry out tasks involving percent, ratio and proportion, simple formulas measurements, and tables and graphs. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 046
WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION (1-5)
Class participants enhance written and oral communication skills through the introduction of computer skill development and introductory communication skills for the workplace. Prerequisite: CASAS testing with a minimum score of 210.

ABE 051
ABE LEVEL V - READING (1-5)
Students will study Level 5 reading competencies mandated by the Washington State Basic Skills Competency Indicators and CASAS assessment in lab, lecture, or lecture/lab setting. Prerequisite: CASAS score of 236-245.

ABE 052
ABE LEVEL V - WRITING (1-5)
Class participants will build writing skills as a preparation for GED testing. Emphasis is placed on advanced writing skills. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 053
ABE LEVEL V - MATH (1-5)
Class participants use basic math skills as a preparation for GED testing. The use of computational skills to solve problems in a GED context is emphasized. Students are expected to have the ability to manipulate whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Basic algebra and geometry are introduced. Prerequisite: CASAS and/or TABE testing.

ABE 060
KEY SKILLS FOR SUCCESS (1-10)
This course will provide students with targeted skills in areas that will ease their transition into academic and vocational courses or into employment and training. Targeted skills include coursework that addresses personal management, interpersonal communication, career information, college resources, computer basics and help for success within vocational content areas. The instruction in these areas is pre-academic or pre-vocational with the purpose of creating a bridge for students to traditional college courses and services.

ABE 061
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION LEVEL VI - READING (1-5)
Students will study Level 6 reading competencies mandated by the Washington State Basic Skills Competency Indicators and CASAS assessment in lab, lecture, or lecture/lab setting. Prerequisite: CASAS score of 246+.

ABE 062
ADULT BASIC EDUCTION LEVEL VI - WRITING (1-5)
Class participants will build writing skills as a preparation for GED testing. Emphasis is placed on advanced writing skills. Prerequisite: successful completion of any two GED tests.

ABE 063
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION LEVEL VI - MATH (1-5)
Class participants use basic math skills as a preparation for GED testing. The use of computational skills to solve problems in a GED context is emphasized. Students are expected to have the ability to manipulate whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Basic algebra and geometry are introduced. Prerequisite: successful completion of any two GED tests.