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Reading 1

This competency-based course provides instruction in basic reading skills for four grade levels — Levels 0 (non-reader), 1, 2, and 3. Emphasis is placed on:

  • the components of reading (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary comprehension).
  • listening and oral skills.
  • integrating reading and writing.
  • academic skills.
  • community and workplace skills.

Adults are provided with the basic reading skills that reflect California’s Common Core Standards. The ultimate goal is to help adult students acquire the competencies needed to fulfill their roles as family members, workers and community members.


The 450 hours of instruction indicated for the completion of this course are based on a student entering at Level 0 and advancing to Level 3.9. However, most students enter the reading program at various abilities and skill levels and may not need 450 hours to complete this course. The completion time will differ for each student.This course outline also suggests methods for ongoing evaluation of the students so that promotion and advancement occur on a regular basis, and the students do not remain in the program for more time than needed.