ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Rating
|Test Taker ID||004|
|Test Date||14 December 2004|
|Individual Ratings and Final Rating
(To be completed by Lead Rater)
(Lowest rating among individual ratings)
The test taker exemplifies speech characteristics of a fairly weak Level 3 speaker in all six language proficiency skills. His weaknesses in pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and fluency converge to obstruct his ability to communicate successfully.
The staccato nature of the test taker's delivery, and his inconsistent and inappropriate rhythm and stress frequently interferes with ease of understanding:
Sounds are sometimes incorrect and difficult to understand. The test taker has difficulty pronouncing final consonants, either deleting them or adding a syllable:
Basic grammatical structures are not well controlled and words tend to be juxtaposed without respecting parts of speech or using linking words:
and this sometimes interferes with meaning.
The test taker possesses the very basic vocabulary he requires to discuss
However, he is often struggling to find the appropriate words and is sometimes unable to adequately paraphrase to convey his meaning clearly:
Throughout the speech sample, the test taker's hesitations and searching for language is a major obstacle to effective communication. Speech is divided into short, unnatural bursts of groups of words:
Many distracting ‘uh’ fillers are used:
His use of discourse markers is very limited, mostly limited to ‘so’:
The test taker's comprehension is generally accurate on very concrete factual topics. There are occasions when the test taker repeats part of the question to check for understanding:
But there are also times when he does not seem able to talk in more general terms, failing to detect changes in linguistic register when talking about what to do in the case of abnormal situations:
and he continues to talk specifically about the incident where he had to divert.
The format of the test does not enable the test taker's ability to deal with various accents to be assessed.
Responses are usually accurate and informative although delivery is slow. However, inadequacies in vocabulary, structure and fluency often combine to make interactions limited and the test taker's speech a disconnected succession of raw facts:
Influence of the test format
The interlocutor explores a fairly wide range of language functions to measure the test taker's linguistic boundaries. His attitude is extremely supportive, paraphrasing his questions and modulating delivery to ensure comprehension. The nature of the test format means that the test taker's ability to cope successfully with different accents and registers or unexpected turns of events is not assessed.
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