Learning English

General English

  • Levels 1A and 1B- At this level, students can:          Listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions; Speak to communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics;
  • Levels 2A and 2B- At this level, students can:  Listen and respond to spoken language, including straghforward information, short narratives explanations and instructions; Speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics; 
  • Levels 3A and 3B- At this level, students can:   Listen and respond straighforward information and narratives, and follow straighforward explanations and instructions, both face-to-face and on the telephone; 
  • Level 4A- At this level, students can:  Listen and respond to spoken language, including information and narratives, and follow explanations and instructions of varying length, adapting response to speaker, medium and context; 

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Reading

Levels 3A and 3B- At this level, students can:
Read and understand short, straighforward texts on familiar topics accurately and independently;
Read and obtain informatioon from everyday sources;
The student will be expected to:
Trace and understand the main events for chronological, continuous descriptive and explanatory texts of more than one paragraph;
Recognise the different purposes of texts at this level;
Recognise and understand relevant specialist key words;
Identify the main points and ideas and predict words from context;
Relate an image to print and use it to obtain meaning;
Recognise and understand the organisational features and typical language of instructional texts, (e.g. use of imperatives and second person); Skim read title, headings and illustrations to decide if material is of interest;
Scan texts to locate information;
Obtain specific information through detailed reading; and
Read and understand words and phrases commonly used on forms.

Level 4A- At this level, students can:
Read and understand straightforward texts of varying lengths on a variety of topics accurately and independently;
Read and obtain information from different sources;
The student will be expected to:
Trace and understand the main events of continuous descriptive, explanatory and persuasive texts;
Recognise how language and other textual features are used to achieve different purposes, (e.g. to instruct, explain, describe, persuade);
Identify the main points and specific details, and infer meaning from images which is not explicit in the text; and
Use different reading strategies to find and obtain information.

Level 4B- At this level, students can:
Read and understand a range of texts of varying complexity accurately and independently;
Read and obtain information of varying lengtyh and detail from different sources;
The student will be expected to:
Trace and understand the main events of continuous descriptive, explanatory and persuasive texts;
Identify the purpose of a text and infer meaning which is not explicit;
Read and understand technical vocabulary;
Identify the main points and specific detail;
Read an argument and identify the points of view; and
Use different reading strategies to find and obtain information, (e.g. skimming, scanning, detailed reading).

Writing

Levels 3A and 3B - At this level, students can:
Write to communicate information and opinions with some adaptation to the intended audience;
The student will be expected to:
Plan and draft writing;
Organise writing in short paragraphs;
sequence chronological writing;
write in complete sentences;
Use correct basic grammar, (e.g. appropriate verb tense, subject-verb agreement);
Use punctuation correctly, (e.g. capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, etc.);
Spell correctly common words and relevant key words for work and special interest;
Proof-read and correct writing for grammar and spelling; and
Produce legible text in documents such as forms, notes, records, e-mails, letters, narratives, simple instructions, short reports etc.

Level 4A- At this level, students can:
Write to communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly using length, format and style appropriate to purpose and audience;
The student will be expected to:
Plan and draft writing;
Present information in a logical sequence, using paragraphs where appropriate;
Judge how much to write, and the level of details to include;
Use language suitable for purpose and audience;
Use format and structure for different purposes;
Write in complete sentences;
Use correct grammar, (e.g. Subject-verb agreement, correct use of tense);
Punctuate sentences correctly, and use punctuation so that meaning is clear;
Spell correctly words used most often in work, studies and daily life;
Proof-read and revise writing for accuracy and meaning; and
Produce legible text in documents such as forms, records, e-mails, letters, narratives, instructions, reports, explanations.

Level 4B- At this level, students can:
Write to communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively, using length, format and style appropriate to purpose, content and audience;
The student will be expected to:
Plan and draft writing;
Present information and ideas in a logical or persuasive sequence, using paragraphs where appropriate;
Judge how much to write, and the level of details to include;
Use formal and informal language appropriate to purpose and audience;
Use format and structure to organise writing for different purposes;
Construct complex sentences;
Use different styles of writing for different purposes, (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, technical vocabulary);
Use correct grammar, (e.g. subject-verb agreement, correct and consistent use of tense);
Use pronouns so that their meaning is clear:
Punctuate sentences correctly and use punctuation accurately, (e.g. commas, apostrophes, inverted commas);
Spell correctly words used most often in work, studies and daily life, including familiar technical words;
Proof-read and revise writing for accuracy and meaning; and
Produce legible text in a wide range of documents.

Listening and Speaking

Levels 3A and 3B- At this level, students can:
Listen and respond straighforward information and narratives, and follow straighforward explanations and instructions, both face-to-face and on the telephone;
Speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality, both face-to-face and on the telephone;
Engage in discussion with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant poiints and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics;
The student will be expected to:
Listen for and follow the gist of explanations, instructions and narratives in different contexts;
Listen for detail in explanations, instructions and narratives in different contexts;
Listen for and identify relevant information and new information from discussions, explanations and presenttions;
Use strategies to clarify and confirm understanding, (e.g. facil expression, gestures);
Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view; Speak clearly to be heard and understood using appropriate clarity, speed and phrasing;
Use formal language and register when appropriate; Make requests and ask questions to obtain information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
Respond to a range of questions about familiar topics; Express clearly statements of fact and give short explanations, accounts and descriptions;
Follow and understand the main points of discussion on different topics; Make contributions to discussions that are relevant to the subject;
Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions.

Level 4A- At this level, students can:
Listen and respond to spoken language, including information and narratives, and follow explanations and instructions of varying length, adapting response to speaker, medium and context;
Speak to communicate information, ideas and opinions, adapting speech and content to take account of the listener(s) and medium;
Engage in discussion with one or more people in familiar and unfamiliar situations, making clear and relevant contributions that respond to what others say and produce a shared understanding about different topics;
The student will be expected to:
Listen for and understand explanations, instructions and narratives on different topics in a range of contexts;
Listen for and identify relevant information from explanations and presentations on a range of straghforward topics;
Use strategies to clarify and confirm understanding,,(e.g. facial expressions, body language and verbal prompts);
Provide feedback and confirmation when listening to others; Speak clearly in a way which suits the situation;
Make requests and ask questions to obtain information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
Respond to questions on a range of topics;
Express clearly statements of fact, explanations, instructions, accounts and descriptions;
Present information and ideas in a logical sequence and include detail and develop ideas where appropriate;
Follow and contribute to discussions on a range of straghtforward topics;
Make contributions relevant to the situation and the subject;
Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions and use appropriate phrases for interruptions.

Level 4B- At this level, students can:
Listen and respond to spoken language, including extended information and narratives, and follow detailed explanations and multi-step instructions of varying length, adapting response to speaker, medium and context;
Speak to communicate straighforward and detailed information, ideas and opinions clearly, adapting speech and content to take account of the listener(s), medium, purpose and situation;
Engage in discussion with one or more people in a variety of different situations, making clear and effective contributions that produce outcomes appropriate to purpose and topic;
The student will be expected to:
Listen to, understand and follow lengthy or multi-step instructions and narratives on a range of topics and in a range of contexts;
Listen for and identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations on a range of topics;
Use strategies intended to reassure, (e.g. body language and appropriate phraseology); Respond to criticsm and criticise constructively;
Speak clearly and confidently in a way which suits the situation;
Make requests and ask questions to obtain detailed information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
Respond to detailed or extended questions on a range of topics; Express clearly statements of fact, explanations, instructions, accounts, descriptions, using appropriate structure, style and vocabulary;
Present information and ideas in a logical sequence and provide further detail and development to clarify or confirm understanding;
Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, context, purpose and situation;
Make contributions to discussions to suit audience, context, purpose and situation;
Make relevant contributions and help to move discussions forward; Support opinions and arguments with evidence; and
Use appropriate phrases for interruption and change of topic.



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