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

Level 2 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, Norway)] (page 7).


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