Listen Actively Performance Continuum

Performance Level 2

How adults at Level 2 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 2 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 2 can:
  • Understand and respond to explanations, conversations, instructions, and narratives made up of sentence length utterances and some connected discourse on familiar topics related to personal background and needs, social conventions, and everyday tasks.
  • Use several strategies, including formulas for asking for repetition and clarification, and strategies for indicating understanding, for giving feedback, for gathering missing information and/or for repairing problems in comprehension, such as by rephrasing, substituting a different word, or drawing a picture.
  • Apply linguistic, socio-cultural, and other background knowledge and strategies (such as expressing an opinion or collecting relevant information) to understand the intent of the speaker and what is required to respond appropriately and to meet the listening purpose.

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

Adults performing at Level 2 can listen for structured and well-defined purposes related to maintaining personal conversations, acquiring information, or completing basic transactions, either face-to-face or in a brief telephone conversation when language is somewhat simplified and frequent opportunities for repetition, rewording and clarification are provided. For English language learners, level of ease using English may be growing but varies depending on the level of familiarity with the audience and purpose and the stressfulness of the context.

Level 2 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 2 can Listen Actively to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Listening for and identifying relevant information to pass along in a face-to-face conversation (such as a safety problem and to whom it should be reported).
  • Participating in a conversation where a speaker gives background information about his/her experiences and the listener appropriately shares one or two experiences about the same topic.
  • Listening to a recorded telephone message adjusted for English language learners (such as weather-related school closings or simple driving directions) and pass on details to another person.
  • Follow a series of multi-step instructions (such as a demonstration of a more complex piece of equipment or appliance) and use several strategies to confirm and clarify understanding.
  • Listening for and following the main idea in different kinds of small group presentations (such as about a school field trip or community clean-up day).

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