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PT – Basic education

Learning to write, read and do arithmetic better

Basic education is for adults who want to learn to read and write better in at least one of the country’s written languages – French and German – and for people who want to improve their numeracy.

These basic skills constitute a solid foundation for more autonomous, more advanced learning in the future.

The training is personalised and geared to each participant’s starting level of knowledge and skills; it is anchored in the learner’s personal experience.

Training areas

Trainings in basic education cover five areas:

  • recognising all the letters of the alphabet;
  • deciphering unknown words;
  • identifying names of people and places;
  • reading and understanding road signs;
  • reading and understanding short texts containing familiar, everyday words;
  • recognising information included in a simple text;
  • reading and understanding simple instructions;
  • using a dictionary.


  • writing all the letters of the alphabet and all the numbers;
  • copying simple letters, words and expressions;
  • writing a simple note or message;
  • writing a list;
  • filling in a form;
  • using a computer spellchecker.


  • using polite forms of address and greetings;
  • initiating a simple conversation;
  • expressing simple messages, explanations and instructions;
  • expressing personal requirements in everyday situations;
  • demonstrating interest and understanding during a conversation;
  • talking about oneself, one’s work, everyday life and interests;
  • pronouncing correctly.


  • identifying polite forms of address and greetings;
  • listening and reacting during a conversation on personal and familiar subjects;
  • reacting to simple messages and instructions;
  • understanding the content of a simple description or narration;
  • identifying emotions, opinions and needs expressed in simple language;
  • expressing understanding or failure to understand.


  • counting and comparing numbers;
  • mastering simple addition and subtraction;
  • mastering simple multiplication and division;
  • using a calculator;
  • calculating using money;
  • recognising figures such as triangles, rectangles, squares and circles;
  • reading plans and maps;
  • using units and instruments of measure;
  • understanding and using simple tables and graphs;
  • using percentages and fractions.

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