Language Level Descriptions

All students are placed according to communicative ability in the language.

There are nine levels of language proficiency as outlined below:

LEVEL 1: Low Beginner

Unable to function in the spoken language.

LEVEL 2: Mid Beginner

Able to function in only a very limited capacity by using a number of memorized words and phrases.

LEVEL 3: High Beginner

Able to satisfy immediate needs with learned utterances. Does not speak in complete sentences.

LEVEL 4: Low Intermediate

Able to handle a variety of tasks in previously learned, uncomplicated social situations. Speech is generally limited to the present tense and sentences may not always be complete.

LEVEL 5: Mid Intermediate

Able to successfully handle a variety of communicative tasks in uncomplicated social situations. Can ask and respond to questions, make requests for information, and express personal meaning, but the quality and quantity of language is not sustained at a High Intermediate level in all contexts.

LEVEL 6: High Intermediate

Able to successfully handle a variety of communicative tasks in uncomplicated social situations. Can ask and respond to questions, make requests for information, and express personal meaning, but responses may still contain hesitancy and grammatical inaccuracies.

LEVEL 7: Low Advanced

Able to narrate and describe in major time frames and can talk about a wide range of concrete social and work topics. May still make errors with basic grammatical structures, but they have a much stronger control of the grammatical system than the Intermediate level.

LEVEL 8: Mid Advanced

Able to handle with ease and confidence a large number of communicative tasks and participate actively in most formal and informal conversations on a variety of topics. May still make grammatical and translation errors in unfamiliar contexts such as technical or professional level conversations. Cannot sustain a High Advanced level of proficiency.

LEVEL 9: High Advanced

Able to participate actively in most formal and informal exchanges on a variety of topics with linguistic ease, confidence, and competence. May still make some high-level grammatical and translation errors.

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