ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Rating
|Test Taker ID||031|
|Test Date||12 February 2005|
|Individual Ratings and Final Rating
(To be completed by Lead Rater)
(Lowest rating among individual ratings)
The test taker is very much at ease in English. His performance is clearly at least at ICAO Level 5. A more comprehensive test format might well have justified his being given a Level 6 in Fluency and Interactions.
Pronunciation is certainly coloured by the test taker's native language but almost never interferes with ease of understanding.
Occasional failure to mark the past form may be more attributed to pronunciation than to a failing of grammatical awareness:
Otherwise, pronunciation is generally clear and stress patterns are used very naturally to attract attention or emphasize:
Basic grammatical structures are consistently well controlled and even complex structures are only rarely incorrect:
The test taker often spontaneously paraphrases idiomatically:
The test taker is rarely at a loss for vocabulary and demonstrates a considerable amount of appropriate specialised and idiomatic vocabulary:
There may be occasional improper uses of more difficult vocabulary:
The test taker is able to speak at length with a natural effortless flow which he varies for stylistic effect. He possesses a large stock of idiomatic discourse markers that are used appropriately and with the required stress (see Pronunciation) to facilitate ease of comprehension:
In addition, the test taker shows evidence of variation in speech flow for stylistic effect. This variation is especially evident in his recreation of the cockpit dialogue in segments 05:36 to 06:05 and 08:45 to 09:05, where he changes voice quality and speech flow to take on the roles of the pilot and the flight attendant.
The test taker's comprehension is consistently accurate on both common
The test taker's responses are always immediate, appropriate and informative. He manages the speaker/listener relationship with considerable ease picking up on and expanding on each of the interlocutor’s questions. He knows how to introduce each new topic in an engaging way:
The test taker also evidences native-like use of markers to confirm and check listener understanding:
Influence of the test format
This example, recorded on the telephone, highlights the difficulties in getting an appropriate sample of test taker performance across all ICAO Language Proficiency Levels without a structured set of interview prompts and a certain familiarity with the subject of aviation. In this instance, the test taker was very proficient and might have merited a rating of Level 6 in some skills had the test format included various accents, unpredictable situations, and a range of unfamiliar topics.
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