Speaks So Others Can Understand Performance Continuum

Performance Level 4

Speak So Others Can Understand.

How adults at Level 4 Speak So Others Can Understand:
  • Determine the purpose for communicating.
  • Organize and relay information to effectively serve the purpose, context, and listener.
  • Pay attention to conventions of oral English communication, including grammar, word choice, register, pace, and gesture in order to minimize barriers to listener's comprehension.
  • Use multiple strategies to monitor the effectiveness of the communication.

Level 4 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

Adults performing at Level 4 can:
  • Recall and use sufficient oral vocabulary (range of common, vocabulary related to personal experience and everyday activities, some idioms) as well as control of basic grammar and a variety of sentence types and registers in a range of familiar to somewhat unfamiliar or unpredictable communication tasks
  • Select from a range of strategies (such as elaborating with some detail and examples; determining most important/right amount of information and content to convey) to select, organize, and relay information
  • Apply a range of strategies (including attention to appropriate register, repetition of information, adjustments in pace, tone, volume, eye contact, body language based on listener's response and needs) to monitor and enhance effectiveness of communication and to meet the speaking purpose

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

Adults performing at Level 4 can speak fluently and accurately in settings and with audiences that may not be entirely familiar when provided with some support (in the form of guided practice, listening to a model, or advance organizers). There may be occasional pronunciation, word choice, or structural errors that hinder understanding, but speech is generally understandable (with repetition) by a skilled, supportive listener.

Level 4 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 4 can Speaks So Others Can Understand to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Giving a short speech to the class about a childhood memory
  • Giving clear instructions on how to do a task (such as how to build a fence)
  • Giving an 2-minute oral response to a likely job interview question
  • Making appropriate adn well-timed contributions during an informal meeting (such as a meeting of parents to plan a school event)
  • Expressing an opinion or point of view in a discussion with familiar people (classmates or coworkers about a sensitve topic
  • Summarizing and describing one's opinion after reading a short fictional excerpt

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