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Student Level Rubric

 

  Beginner
Level(1)
Beg-Int
Level(2)
Intermediate
Level(3)
Int-Adv
Level(4)
Advanced
Level(5)
Pronunciation Few words are intelligible Accent and intonation very distracting Accent and intonation usually distracting Accent and intonation slightly distracting Accent and intonation not distracting
Fluidity of speech Speech is very slow and laborious with little output Speech is very choppy and repetitive with many pauses Speech is often slow or choppy with hesitancy and pauses common Speech generally smooth with some hesitancy and pauses Speech often has native-like smoothness
Communication of ideas Diction and grammar severely impedes understanding Diction and grammar are very distracting Diction and grammar often distract from meaning Diction and grammar are slightly distracting Diction and grammar do not affect communication

 

This is the student speaking rubric of how each level is described.  Tutors use this to give students their levels so that students and tutors can both track the progress of the students’ speech.  In the trial session or first General Topic Speaking session the tutor will use this rubric to give the students their levels.  They students will then be tested periodically to track their progress.  Here are a few of the vocabulary definitions to help you better understand the levels:

intelligible: capable of being understood
accent: the pronunciation of certain sounds, letters, or words
intonation: rise and fall of voice in speech
distracting: unable to concentrate on original focus (in this case—meaning of sentence)
laborious: requiring lots of work
choppy: starts and stops suddenly
hesitancy: holding back
diction: choice of words
impedes: obstructs; hinders; prevents

 

 

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