Reading comprehension

The intermediate level is the minimum level required to understand written material in the second language for positions that require comprehension of most descriptive or factual material on topics related to work or a mission.

Persons reading at this level can:

  • grasp the main idea of most texts, and

  • identify specific details of them.

Written expression or grammar

The intermediate level of grammar aims to develop the ability to write short descriptive or factual texts in the second language, with sufficient mastery of grammar and vocabulary to deal with explicit information on work-related topics.


Oral proficiency

Learners at the intermediate level can understand the main points of standard speech that deals with concrete topics related to work or a mission and that is delivered at normal speed. They can also give a simple description of a concrete topic and present the main points of a speech comprehensibly. Can compare and discuss alternatives when complications arise. Can speak with

some spontaneity, although pauses for grammatical and lexical planning and repair are evident in longer stretches. Have sufficient vocabulary and a variety of simple grammatical structures to handle concrete, non-routine situations and topics. Communication problems may arise, but most stretches are clear. Pronunciation is generally clear enough to be understood, despite an evident accent from another language. Will sometimes be asked by the listener to repeat or clarify.



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