ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Rating
|Test Taker ID||081|
|Test Date||25 September 2005|
|Individual Ratings and Final Rating
(To be completed by Lead Rater)
(Lowest rating among individual ratings)
Although the test taker can master some fairly complex language structures correctly (reflected by his just attaining Level 4 in Structure), his expression and comprehension are severely restricted by the range of structures and vocabulary he has at his disposal. His pronunciation is also a serious obstacle to ease of comprehension.
The influence of the test taker's first language on his pronunciation frequently interferes with ease of understanding:
Stress, rhythm and intonation are not very successfully employed.
The test taker sometimes uses complex structures successfully:
Errors do occur:
but these rarely interfere with meaning.
The test taker is familiar with standard work-related terms:
and can occasionally use appropriate colloquial expressions:
However, in general his range of vocabulary is narrow and he frequently re-uses vocabulary supplied by the interlocutor in his responses. When he does try to be more creative, there are errors:
Word choice is often inappropriate.
The test taker does produce stretches of language, but there are many times when hesitation is overlong, suggesting he is struggling to find and process the appropriate language, and these prevent effective communication:
The result is often a very drawn out discourse with only rudimentary information without significant detail. The prolonged silences tend to be very distracting.
The test taker seems to have problems understanding many of the questions:
This is particularly true in the section of the test where the situations are unexpected:
Responses are rarely immediate, and the test taker occasionally brings his contribution to a close with a closing statement such as:
or by tailing off.
However, he does make use of interactive skills by checking that the interlocutor has understood him:
and asking for clarification:
Influence of the test format
The interlocutor tends to modify his rate of delivery to an unnaturally slow pace to make sure the test taker understands. On the other hand, some of the later questions about aviation regulations are extremely abstract and not issues that a controller should be expected to be familiar with. The test features face to face communication and communication without eye contact. Nevertheless, it does not provide a range of different accents and as a result does not permit all the aspects of Comprehension on the ICAO Rating Scale to be assessed.
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