The competence goals for levels 1 and 2 in the competence area oral skills are:

At this level the adult should be able to

  • initiate a simple conversation
  • signal interest and understanding verbally and non-verbally during a conversation
  • point out what has not been understood and ask for help

Oral skills can be applied in various ways in the working life, private life and educational activities. The examples below are illustrative and could be extended with other examples that are relevant to a person.
  • comprehend doctor’s appointments
  • understand and follow simple directions to the nearest ATM
  • understand a simple description at a pharmacy of how to use a medication
  • understand a message from a teacher about a school outing
  • follow up simple work instructions
  • understand and respond to a colleague’s request for help in carrying out a job task
  • understand the main points made in small talk during breaks
  • understand the parts of a message that apply to him/her
  • receive a simple message about new job tasks from a superior
  • understand what should be done as homework
  • understand information about an upcoming training session
  • to some extent understand other course participants’ contributions to the learning situation
  • comprehend the main content of text being read aloud
  • understand instructions about job tasks
  • understand relevant information in parent-teacher meetings
  • understand the main content of TV and radio news broadcasts

Source: Vox, Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning (2013) Competence goals for basic skills - Examples of local curricula in reading and writing, numeracy, digital skills and oral skills (url)