Level 1

Identified Skills : Literacy - Numeracy - Digital Competence - Oral Communication - Civic Participation


Can read and write words and simple texts.

The adult should be able to

  • use basic strategies for decoding and spelling
  • read and write short, familiar words fairly quickly
  • read and write longer and unfamiliar words and short sentences by spending more time

Level 1 examples of arenas for reading and writing in private and social life, in working life, and in education and training were taken from Competence goals - Read and write (by Vox)] (page 6).


Competence goals

Develop basic reading and writing strategies

At this level the adult should be able to

  • recognise, read and write individual letters as representatives of language sounds
  • split a word up into single sounds and join single sounds into words
  • write words by means of analysis of sounds and pronunciation
  • read and write longer words by focusing on the syllables of the word
  • make use of reading aids when appropriate

Read and understand

At this level the adult should be able to

  • read and understand short texts with frequent and familiar words
  • find particular information in simple written material
  • read and understand simple instructions and user manual when supported by illustrations
  • read and understand ordinary public signs
  • use a glossary to find words and spelling

Write and communicate

At this level the adult should be able to

  • write short texts by means of handwriting, text messages or word processing programmes
  • fill in a simple form
  • write a list
  • write a simple log