Speak So Others Can Understand Performance Continuum

Performance Level 5

Speak So Others Can Understand.

How adults at Level 5 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 5 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

Adults performing at Level 5 can:
  • Recall and use a range of vocabulary including words related to most everyday, school, work, and social situations; know and use a variety of complex sentence structures and grammatical forms; know and use appropriate register in a range of communicative tasks, including unfamiliar, unpredictable, and uncomfortable interactions
  • Select from a wide range of strategies (such as taking into account the interests of others; predicting outcomes, interests, or likely questions and responses; organizing information based on determination of relevance and audience needs; elaborating with significant detail and examples) to select, organize, and relay information
  • Apply a wide range of strategies (including body language, pause fillers, stalling devices, and different rates of speech as needed) 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 5 can speak fluently and accurately in most settings with familiar and unfamiliar audiences when provided with minimal support (in the form of opportunities for role plays/practice, learner-generated practice scripts, etc.). Pronunciation does not impede understanding and speech can generally be understood by an unsupportive, unskilled listener.

Level 5 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 5 can Speak So Others Can Understand to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Describing in detail a child's illness or ailment to a doctor
  • Asking a police officer questions to udnerstand why you were stopped for a traffic violation
  • Asking a salesperson questions about a product to help decide whether or not to buy it
  • Describing the process that is used to prepare a favorite food
  • Explaining to a supervisor that a missed day of work was due to a family emergency
  • Telling a story about a child to the child's teacher
  • Describing the main ideas and issues presented in a newspaper article or textbook

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