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Speaking and Listening Levels

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Title: Assessing Speaking / Listening
Below is a list of areas you might want to comment on in your assessment as well at updated levels and level descriptors
Good for having students assess themselves or their peers.  Also, these can easily be turned into posters for the classroom.

Areas you might comment on in your assessment:

  • Listening
  • Contribution to discussions
  • Eye contact
  • Body language
  • Clarity of speech
  • Asking questions
  • Answering questions
  • Preparation of work

Speaking and Listening Levels


Level 1

You talk about things that interest you.

You listen to each other and make the right comments at the right time

Other people understand what you are talking about.

You speak clearly and can add some details.


Level 2

You are CONFIDENT when speaking to others especially when you are talking about the things that really interest you.

You show that you understand if other people cannot follow and you add more information if you need to.

You speak clearly and you use the right words and new words.

You usually listen carefully and can ask the right questions.

You understand that sometimes you must use different types of speaking which changes the words you use and the TONE of your voice.


Level 3

You talk CONFIDENTLY about lots of different things and lots of different ideas.

When talking with others you can understand the main points. In discussion, you show understanding of the main points.

From your questions it is obvious that you understand what has been said.

For different listeners you change your words and how much detail you put in.

You show that you understand the idea of STANDARD ENGLISH and when to use it.


Level 4

You can talk and listen with confidence on a lot more different things.

You change your talk for the purpose: you think through ideas thoughtfully, describing what happens and explaining your opinions clearly.

When talking, you listen carefully, making comments and asking questions that show that you have understood other people's ideas and views.



Level 5

You can talk and listen confidently in a wide range of contexts, including some that are more formal.

Your talk is more interesting because you are starting to vary how you use your expression and the words you use (your vocabulary).

In discussion, you pay close attention to what others say, you ask questions which develop the speaker’s ideas and make contributions that take account of others' views.

You are beginning to use STANDARD ENGLISH in formal situations.


Level 6

You adapt your talk to different contexts with increasing confidence.

Your talk is even more interesting because you are good at varying your expression and your vocabulary.

You take an active part in discussion, showing understanding of ideas and sensitivity to others.

You are usually fluent in your use of STANDARD ENGLISH in formal situations.


Level 7

You always match your talk to the demands of different contexts.

You use words precisely and organise your talk to communicate clearly.

In discussion, you make significant contributions, evaluating others' ideas and varying how and when you participate.

You show confident use of STANDARD ENGLISH in situations that require it.


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