5 to 8 Year Old LISTENING

                                        How to Rate an ESL Student’s English Proficiency Level

With reference to work samples and observations, highlight language capabilities at or above current English Proficiency Level. Rate the student at the level which contains the most highlighting.


Name:                                                                      Date:                                    New Level: ___

Beginner 1
Language Capabilities
Beginner 2
Language
Capabilities
Elementary 3 Language
Capabilities
Elementary 4 Language Capabilities Intermediate 5
Language Capabilities
Intermediate 6 Language Capabilities Advanced 7 Language Capabilities
Watches and imitates Listens, observes and absorbs language used in
context
Picks
out key words/phrases from TV programs and teacher talk on familiar topics
Comprehends
social English in familiar contexts with occasional help
Comprehends
English in range of social contexts pertinent to age level, with little help
Comprehends
English easily in most social and learning contexts relevant to own age and
phase of schooling
Comprehends
all spoken texts in both social and classroom contexts within the range of
ability expected at current phase of schooling
Joins in activities but may
not speak
Comprehends
and responds physically and/or verbally to,-
high frequency greetings, courtesy phrases and simple directions,-simple
instructions,-simple
questions
Comprehends and responds to routine enquiries on
familiar topics, eg school, home, self etc,,(yes/no questions)
Follows
instructions within classroom learning activities
Comprehends
main points and most detail on familiar topics
Understands extended teacher talk at normal
speed with both familiar and unfamiliar topics
Comprehends
most Australian idiomatic expressions and cultural references
Asks for translation into L1 or seeks
clarification from L1 speakers
Predicts
meaning from familiar contexts, with visual support
Follows a short sequence of
instructions related to classroom procedures, eg “Bring your book to me and
show me your work.”
Understands
some complex structures: a range of prepositions; simple cohesive devices;
instructional language; negatives; prohibitives
Comprehends gist of new topic-specific language
and complex structures
Follows quick interactions and changes in topic
Interprets non-verbals and intonation patterns Connects English words with L1 concepts Concentrates well on lessons which address
familiar topics
Understands
idioms and colloquialisms relevant to age group e.g. ‘We had a barbie on the weekend and I talked my head off.’
Distinguishes
between intonation patterns eg question/,statement,
imperative
Sustains
understanding of main ideas in group or whole class discussion
Comprehends well despite background noise

What now?

  • Use the English Proficiency Levels which correspond to the student’s NEW level as a means of individualising your programme

  • Observe progress and re-level student in a few months time