ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Rating
|Test Taker ID||009|
|Test Date||11 March 2005|
|Individual Ratings and Final Rating
(To be completed by Lead Rater)
(Lowest rating among individual ratings)
The test taker is a generally effective and incisive speaker. His proficiency in enunciation and stress and his ability to interact naturally and idiomatically with the interlocutor are at ICAO Level 5. However, he does not possess the same level of proficiency in his other language proficiency skills which limit his discourse at times.
The test taker is able to use English sounds, stress and intonation accurately:
There are a few instances of misplaced word stress, unclear enunciation and mumbling:
but these rarely interfere with communication and though influenced by his first language, on the whole the test taker's pronunciation is clear.
He is able to mimic the surprise of the hotel receptionist:
And use stress for emphasis:
There are a number of recurring errors:
and occasional problems with tenses:
However, the test taker uses some very natural expressions:
and in general his meaning is understood.
Despite the occasional error:
the test taker's vocabulary range and accuracy are usually sufficient to communicate effectively and he can often paraphrase successfully when lacking vocabulary:
Although the test taker is fairly hesitant, he does produce stretches of language at an appropriate tempo, e.g. when talking about:
His use of discourse markers is effective:
Fillers are not distracting.
Comprehension is consistently accurate. However, it is not possible to rate this test taker higher than Level 4 because of the limitations of the test in respect of testing dialect and/or accent or registers, or being confronted with a linguistic or situational complication or an unexpected turn of events.
The test taker's responses, though not always immediate, are appropriate and very informative. He checks for understanding:
and manages the speaker/listener relationship well throughout the test.
Influence of the test format
The interlocutor's questions allow quite a few different subjects and registers to be addressed. However, the test format does not provide an opportunity to expose the test taker to a range of different accents and speech registers and so does not permit all the aspects of Comprehension on the ICAO Rating Scale to be assessed.
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