Level 2

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


Can read and write continuous texts with speed and fluency

The adult should be able to

  • read and write by using automatic decoding and spelling skills
  • make use of everyday texts and ordinary sources of information
  • use personal reading and writing skills to perform simple, everyday tasks
  • make use of strategies for active reading

See Competence goals - Read and write (by Vox) (page 7) for Level 2 examples of arenas for reading and writing in private and social life, in working life and in education and training.


Competence goals

Develop basic reading and writing strategies

At this level the adult should be able to

  • read both frequent and unfamiliar words in automatic way
  • read sentences and get the implication without focusing too much on individual words
  • manage both reading aloud and reading silently
  • talk about the relationship between form and content of words
  • recognise prefixes, roots and endings of words and know what these imply for the meaning of the word and the sentence
  • identify the parts of compounds and the connection between these
  • use knowledge of sentence structure and grammar when working with a text
  • get an overview of texts by accounting for and summarising the content

Read and understand

At this level the adult should be able to

  • read and understand well-structured texts about familiar topics in direct and clear language
  • identify the main content of newspaper articles or texts about familiar topics
  • read and understand notices, lists and other short information without help
  • read and understand written messages
  • read and follow simple written instructions and user manuals
  • use a dictionary to find the meaning of unfamiliar words

Write and communicate

At this level the adult should be able to

  • write fluently and at an even pace with functional handwriting an by means of word processing
  • write simple instructions or messages for others
  • organise texts with a heading, an introduction and a conclusion
  • structure texts according to time sequences and themes and make a cohesion between sentences and paragraphs
  • write short formal texts with factual information and reasoning
  • have command of orthography, punctuation, a varied vocabulary and the use of various sentence constructions
  • use spell check or a dictionary to check his/her own spelling