Course Content and Outcome Guide for ABE 0744 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
ABE 0744
Course Title:
Adult Basic Education: Secondary
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Class offers instruction for adults who wish to improve skills in reading, math, and writing, or who wish to prepare for the State GED Examination.

Intended Outcomes for the course

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

  • Use writing as a communication tool
  • Comprehend and interpret a variety of reading materials
  • Apply math systems to daily life situations
  • Plan for employment and life skills development
  • Use GED Certificate to go to college or get job or improve skills
  • Use the computer for basic word processing and internet activities
  • Compute math problems using a calculator

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Write a letter or an essay that earns a CASAS holistic score of 4 or higher
  • Take and pass a CASAS reading post-test and improve one level or pass the GED
  • Take and pass a CASAS math post-test and improve one level or pass the GED
  • Develop a transition plan for short and long range life planning
  • Take ASSET or COMPASS test if college bound
  • 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 or ABE to work
  • Life long learning
  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Memory techniques
  • Confidence


  • Time Management (attendance and completing tasks)
  • Social skills (communication, and diversity)
  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Memory techniques
  • Confidence


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

Communication Skills

  • Plan, organize, write, edit, and revise letters and essays
  • Use effective reading strategies to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and apply written materials
  • Develop vocabulary for oral and written communication
  • Use a computer for basic word processing and learning activities when available

Job Skills

  • Use career search resources
  • Develop job search strategies and skills (interviewing, resume, and cover letter)
  • Use technology effectively
  • Communicate effectively at work

Math Skills

  • Estimate and compute arithmetic calculations and use English measurements
  • Use one-digit exponents and order of operations
  • Develop problem-solving strategies for arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic applications
  • Use a calculator for math problem solving

Problem Solving Skills

  • Apply study skills, develop test-taking strategies
  • Assess and re-assess short and long-term goals
  • Develop critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Use a variety of research methods

Personal/Interpersonal Skills

  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Interact with others