Listen Actively Performance Continuum

Performance Level 3

How adults at Level 3 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 3 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 3 can:
  • Understand and respond to conversations, explanations, instructions and short narratives of a somewhat complex nature but related to familiar tasks and situations. Tasks may include short routine telephone conversations and some simple information conveyed through electronic media, such as television or radio.
  • Know when to use a range of strategies to repair gaps in understanding, comprehend information, and give feedback even when opportunities to seek clarification or repetition are somewhat limited and the context is somewhat unfamiliar.
  • Apply linguistic, socio-cultural, and other background knowledge and strategies (such as by taking notes and summarizing main points to share with others, evaluating what was heard, and sharing responses of a more complex nature) to understand the main intent and details communicated by the speaker, 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 3 can listen and respond to most basic content related to personal background information, everyday transactions, and simple routine tasks but understanding the full range of details on less familiar topics may still be uneven. Only limited adjustments in the text may be made. English language learners display growing comfort using English in simple interactions and social situations but may be less at ease in more complex and/or stressful contexts.

Level 3 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 3 can Listen Actively to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Listening and making relevant contributions in a small-group planning meeting (such as planning for a parent's meeting or class trip).
  • Listening to a simple, authentic television news report, summarizing the issues addressed and expressing an opinion on the topic.
  • Listening to a presentation to identify key information relevant to one's own situation (such as information related to enrolling in a vocational program).
  • Listening and providing appropriate feedback and response as a familiar, non-threatening speaker describes a personal problem (such as a classmate describing a problem getting to class or finding the funds to buy a new car).
  • Take part in a simulated job interview, responding appropriately to open-ended questions related to one's own experience and skills.

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