I googled for the English term sub-skills that is especially used in the educational field. And I saw there are three terms that were Subskills, Teilkompetenz and Einzelfertigkeit. But I don’t like using borrowed words in an actual German sentence.

Which would be the best equivalent of sub-skills, I’ve stumbled upon a usage like following in a German text.

Wichtige Angaben unterscheiden ist eine Einzelfertigkeit (sub-skills) assoziiert mit dem Lesen.

This usage works always?

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    I never heard the word subskill (in German or English). But, it think, I would use Teilkompetenz ("Teilkompetenz des Lesens.").
    – Iris
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 9:49
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    And you could really start following those rules that have been corrected in what seems like each of your questions to date.
    – Jan
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 12:28
  • I think, the question is actually more about the differences between: Fähigkeit, Fertigkeit and Kompetenz. Related: german.stackexchange.com/questions/15277/….
    – Iris
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 12:38
  • @Iris You might be have never heard Sub-skills, but maybe you heard sub and skills actually it is like parent child relation, for example Grammatik(Parent) => Modalverben(Child) an another example from web development sitename.com(Parentdomain) => blog.sitename(Subdomain) in my example above while Das Lesen is parent(superordinate) Wichtige Angaben unterscheiden is child(subordinate).
    – Dragut
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 20:31

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I would say the following matches best to sub-skills:

  • Teilkompetenzen or
  • Kenntnisse

They both even match to

  • Erfahrungen mit

but you should be fine with the ones above

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