Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ABE 0741
Course Title:
Adult Basic Education
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Course Description

Beginning literacy and other academic skills related to personal, family, work, and community needs. These skills are the foundation for developing higher-level employability skills. Prerequisites: Reading placement at CASAS 201-210; listening and speaking skills in English at SPL 5 or higher.

Intended Outcomes for the course

In personal, family, employment, and community settings, the student will:

  • Apply improved communication skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing)
  • Estimate and compute personal needs involving whole numbers, simple measurements, and money
  • Solve problems and make decisions using multiple and effective strategies
  • Access very basic information through a variety of life skill resources
  • Continue life-long learning by participating in educational opportunities when possible
  • Use the computer for basic word processing and internet activities
  • Compute math problems using a calculator

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Complete assignments by following oral and written instructions at appropriate level
  • Given a group problem to solve, participate and interact appropriately within a group setting
  • Write a coherent 25-150 word composition on a given topic
  • Pass a standardized adult reading tests at CASAS 221 or above, or G.E. 6.0 or above
  • Pass a CASAS math test at 221 or higher, complete a teacher generated post-test
  • Complete a computer-based assignment
  • Complete a post-test of math word problems using a calculator

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Life (e.g. family and citizen) and employability (i.e. worker) planning
  • Transition from ABE to post-secondary for ABE to work
  • Life Long Learning
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Memory Techniques
  • Confidence


  • Life-long learning Access information
  • Learning strategies
  • Self-empowerment
  • Critical thinking
  • Language improvement
  • Life-long learning
  • Time Management
  • Social/Cultural Enrichment
  • Overcoming Barriers
  • Employability needs
  • Computer literacy


  • Barriers to student success
  • Communication
  • Employability
  • Access to resources for learning disabled students


Communication Skills

  • Speak with ease-correct pronunciation, vocabulary, usage
  • Listen actively-oral directions, information gathering
  • Use grammar effectively-correct usage, punctuation, spelling
  • Write effectively-sentence, paragraph, and three paragraph essay
  • Use a computer for basic word processing and learning activities when available
  • Read with understanding-for information and enjoyment
  • Build vocabulary-decoding strategies, learning word meanings

Job Skills

  • Use career search resources
  • Develop job search strategies and skills ( interviewing, resume, and cover letter)
  • Develop Pre-employment skills
  • Use technology effectively
  • Communicate effectively at work
  • Analyze and plan personal budgets

Math Skills

  • Compute using whole numbers ,fractions ,decimals ,percents , money, and life skills management
  • Use a calculator for basic math problem solving

Problem Solving Skills

  • Think critically and use effective problem-solving strategies
  • Apply study skills, develop test-taking strategies
  • Assess and re-assess short term and long term goals

Personal and Interpersonal Skills

  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Interact with others appropriately in small and large group settings