Listen Actively Performance Continuum

Performance Level 1

How adults at Level 1 Listen Actively:
  • Attend to oral information.
  • Clarify purpose for listening and use listening strategies appropriate to that purpose.
  • Monitor comprehension, adjusting strategies to overcome barriers to comprehension.
  • Integrate information from listening with prior knowledge to address the listening purpose.

Level 1 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 1 can:
  • Understand and respond to learned words and phrases in simple questions, statements, and high frequency commands as part of short conversations, explanations, instructions, and narratives where the linguistic complexity is considerably simplified.
  • Use a few simple formulas to convey understanding, and ask for repetition or clarification and one or two simple strategies for gathering missing information and/or repairing problems in communication.
  • Use non-verbal and visual clues, as well as socio-cultural, linguistic, and other background knowledge to understand the basic intent of the speaker and to meet the purpose of the communication.

Show Fluency, Independence, and Ability to Perform in a Range of Settings

Adults performing at Level 1 can comprehend the gist of simple conversations and explanations on familiar topics in face-to-face situations when tasks are highly structured and include supports, such as visual cues, pre-learning of new vocabulary and phrases, or collaborative listening. Text is considerably adjusted for listeners who usually require a slower rate of speech with frequent opportunities for repetition or rephrasing. For English language learners, level of ease and confidence in using English may be low, even in familiar contexts.

Level 1 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 1 can Listen Actively to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Listening and responding appropriately to a familiar speaker describing likes and dislikes or opinions related to familiar topics (such a co-worker describing a day off or a child describing a new teacher).
  • Listening and responding to a short explanation of a task (such as a health worker explaining how to give a child medicine or a postal worker explaining how to fill out a form).
  • Listening to a class discussion of a short article about a current event (with visuals and other written supports), following the main points and making a contribution.
  • Following instructions with a few basic steps and sequence markers (such as instructions for using a home appliance or simple piece of work-related equipment) and asking appropriate questions to signal understanding or get clarification.
  • Understanding the main points covered in a brief narrative (such as a weather forecast).

To see a Word version of the performance continuum, click here.

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