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English as a Second Language Rubric 
Use to measure English comprehension and proficiency for an Adult ESL class.
Rubric Code: P228592
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Subject: (General)  
Type: (Other)  
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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Use to Measure English Comprehension and Proficiency

Exceeds Expectations

5 pts

High Intermediate

Meets All Expectations and Exceeds in Some Areas of Study

4 pts


Meets All Expectations

3 pts

Low Intermediate

Partially Meets Expectations With Challenges

2 pts

Beginning Level

Does Not Meet Expectations But Ther is Evidence of Initiative

1 pts




Measurement of:

Independant Silent Reading

Read Aloud in a Classroom Environment


Student can read aloud with little accent.

Student emphasis words correctly and uses appropriate intonation.

Student reads fluently and is able to self correct for meaning.

Student reads and understands expected level of reading material.

Student can read independantly and does not rely on others for interpretation.
High Intermediate

Student can read and understand material given in class related to subject matter 1 year below expectation.

Student can independantly work on comprehension of words, phrases, and sentences.

Student does not rely on others for assistance.

Student uses good intonation and pauses for punctuation when reading.

Student makes some punctuation mistakes but is able to recognize and correct.

Student reads less controlled short stories.

Student works with another student to utilize reading strategies.

Some errors evident when reading alound.
Low Intermediate

Student can sound out words and read sight words.

Student can read simple sentences with hesitation and mispronunciations.

Relies on visual illustrations and basic vocabulary for comprehension.

Student relies on another student to interpret simple sentences, phrases and words.
Beginning Level

Student can recognize letters.

Student can sound out letters.

Student can sound out simple words phonetically.

Student can read phonetically controlled books.

All content relating to subject must be interpreted.

Measurement of:

Ideas and Content


Voice Context

Word Choice

Sentence Fluency



Student uses a plan to develop ideas, create a central idea with clarity.

Student shows interest in writing with confidence.

Student uses precise vocabulary and uses sentence variety.

Student is aware of audience and how voice can impact an audience interest.

Student understands the concept of revision and editing as the writing process.
High Intermediate

Student uses a plan to develop ideas when writing.

Student can copy and enhance upon ideas given in class.

Student can make writing more creative by using using adjectives, adverbs and vocabulary learned in class.

Student can understand the meaning behind writing mechanics.

Student can write independantly with little assistance from instructor.

Student uses diverse and varied vocabulary.

Student uses basic descriptive words.

Student writes in a variety of forms and takes initiative on opinions and individual ideas.

Students writing contains some run on sentences and sentence fragments.

Student makes errors with tenses, opinions and the meaning of words.

Student show evidence of corrections, but still has spelling and pnctuation mistakes.
Low Intermediate

Student can write simple sentences using vocabulary learned in class.

Student uses unknown vocabulary in present tense.

Student begins to take creative initiatives when writing.

Student intiates independant writing with hesitation.
Beginning Level

Student can visually copy words, letters, phrases and simple sentences onto paper.

Student cannot formate English phrases or simple sentences independantly.

Measurement of:

Students ability to respond to conversation

Students ability to respond to discussion

Students ability to respond to directions

Students ability to respond to classroom environment.


Students speaks English with little accent.

Student does not hesitate to communicate in a classroom environment.

Student demonstrates audience awareness.

Student speaks with clarity.

Student uses a variety of vocabulary.

Student is able to express support of ideas and concepts.

Student can determine common versus formal conversations.

Student can respond and recall information when communicating without hesitation.
High Intermediate

Student can initiate and sustain conversation.

Student can provide descriptive words and vocabulary when responding and making suggestions.

Student can reply and recall with hesitation.

Student uses good fluency with some hesitation.

Student uses variations of vocabulary with some hesitation.

Student recognizes grammer rules but often is hesitant to apply.

Student has an active role in classroom environment.

Student can recall and retell stories or personal experiences in English with hesitation.

Student asks and responds to simple questions in English with hesitation.

Student speaks with limited voacabulary but with some hesitation.

Student still lacks confidence when speaking in English.
Low Intermediate

Student can express personal needs and preferences.

Student can answer simple questions unsing one word or phrases.

Student speaks with hesitation using limited vocabulary.

Student uses present tense when speaking.
Beginning Level

Student can pronounce basic English words and vocabulary (ie. is, the, and, ok).

Student can repeat letters, words, and phrases in English.

Certan English words must be interpreted in order to be pronounced in English.

Measurement of:

Students ability to clearly understand English in order to respond.

Students ability to understand directions.

Student can contribute to class environment and discussion.


Student has no difficulties following classroom instructions or discussions.

Student is a major contributor to the impact of the classroom environment.

Student has a clear understanding of classroom expectations.

Student is able and give feed back to others.
High Intermediate

Student can understand English, reply and ask questions in English.

Student can understand direction and provide direction without interpretation or visual aids.

Student does not rely on repetition, rephrasing and clarification.

Student can remain attentive for longer periods of time.

Student understands the main concept of lessons and can explain concepts in English.

Student understands the main idea, some supporting details and general sequence of

Student is able to understand English fluently.

Student can understand directions with some interpretation and visual aids.

Student can respond in English to questions with hesitation.

Student can ask questions in English with hesitation.

Student still relies on repetition, rephrasing, and clarification of ideas.
Low Intermediate

Student can understand one step instructions given in simple termonolgy and vocabulary, often with interpretation or assistance from another student.

Student can understand class conversations and simple stories if stated in native language and English combined.

Student relies on gestures, repetitions and visual aids for comprehension assistance.
Beginning Level

Student understand little English.

Student can follow simple instructions with visual aids or interpretation of direction by another student.

  • English as a Second Language



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