What is the Speak So Others Can Understand Performance Continuum?

The EFF Speak So Others Can Understand Performance Continuum is:

A developmental description of performance on the standard . . .

The continuum is designed to describe performance in listening from novice to expert levels. The continuum currently defines five of those levels, ranging from the low intermediate ESL level to one that roughly correlates with an exit point for both high advanced ESL and ABE high adult secondary education students.

Performance levels on Speak So Others Can Understand are defined by key features called dimensions of performance. They include:

  • the structure and depth of the knowledge base;
  • fluency of performance;
  • independence of performance;
  • range of performance.

A set of benchmarks for the development of proficiency on the
standard . . .

Performance level descriptors define points along the continuum that serve as benchmarks for key stages in development on the standard and for the increasing ability of adults to accomplish important activities in daily life that require the ability to speak so others can understand.

A set of measures based on applied skills and processes . . .

The performance continuum reflects the kinds of applied knowledge and skills related to speaking that adults need to meet real world purposes and goals in their lives as workers, citizens, and family members. A summary of the key research principles underlying this approach can be found in the EFF Research to Practice Notes in the EFF Special Collection at http://eff.cls.utk.edu/products_services/online_publications.htm.

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