Age: 8-9 years
- At the Novice High sublevel, students can understand, fully and with relative ease, key words and cognates, as well as formulaic phrases across a range of highly contextualized texts.
- Where vocabulary has been learned, they can understand predictable language and messages such as those found on train schedules, roadmaps, and street signs.
- Students at the Novice High sublevel are typically able to derive meaning from short, non-complex texts that convey basic information for which there is contextual or extralinguistic support.
- Students at the Novice High sublevel are able to meet limited basic practical writing needs using lists, short messages, postcards, and simple notes.
- They are able to express themselves within the context in which the language was learned, relying mainly on practiced material.
- Their writing is focused on common elements of daily life.
- Novice High writers are able to recombine learned vocabulary and structures to create simple sentences on very familiar topics, but are not able to sustain sentence-level writing all the time.
- Due to inadequate vocabulary and/or grammar, writing at this level may only partially communicate the intentions of the writer.
- Novice High writing is often comprehensible to natives used to the writing of non-natives, but gaps in comprehension may occur.
- Students at the Novice High sub level are able to handle a variety of tasks pertaining to the Intermediate level, but are unable to sustain performance at that level.
- They are able to manage successfully a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.
- Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal interlocutors used to non- natives.
- When called on to handle a variety of topics and perform functions pertaining to the Intermediate level, a Novice High speaker can sometimes respond in intelligible sentences, but will not be able to sustain sentence-level discourse.
- At the Novice High sub level, students are often but not always able to understand information from sentence- length speech, one utterance at a time, in basic personal and social contexts where there is contextual or extralinguistic support, though comprehension may often be very uneven.
- They are able to understand speech dealing with areas of practical need such as highly standardized messages, phrases, or instructions, if the vocabulary has been learned.