Listen Actively Performance Continuum

Performance Level 4

How adults at Level 4 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 4 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 4 can:
  • Understand and respond appropriately to extended explanations and narratives, detailed instructions, and complex conversations requiring adapting one's response to varied speakers and contexts when language is not adjusted for English language learners.
  • Effectively use a wide range of strategies to repair gaps in understanding and give feedback, tailoring the response to the purpose of the communication, the audience, the level of formality of the situation and other socio-cultural factors.
  • Apply linguistic, socio-cultural, and other background knowledge and strategies (such as comparing, integrating, and categorizing information for others) to understand fully the literal and implied intent of 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 4 can comprehend relatively unstructured conversations and presentations of moderate length and in somewhat complex and unfamiliar situations when language is not adjusted for non-native speakers; however they may be unable to fully follow all main ideas, details, cultural nuances and implied meanings. May have some difficulty following conversations between native speakers but displays growing ease in communicating with native speakers.

Level 4 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 4 can Listen Actively to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Listening to a presentation of moderate length and complexity, asking appropriate questions related to unfamiliar content or vocabulary and taking notes of key points to share with others.
  • Listening and responding appropriately in a simulated conversation where a speaker is critical or displeased with the listener (such as a traffic cop, landlord or neighbor).
  • Following and carrying out detailed instructions (such as multiple tasks required to prepare for an upcoming class, work-related or community event).
  • Listening and contributing in a small group meeting where a difficult decision must be made.
  • Listening and responding successfully to job interview questions that require adapting responses to the speaker and context, such as questions related to why one left one's previous job or how one might contribute to the organization.

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