Age: 9-10 years
- Students are able to understand some information from the simplest connected texts dealing with a limited number of personal and social needs, although there may be frequent misunderstandings.
- Students at this level will be challenged to derive meaning from connected texts of any length.
- Students at the Intermediate Low sublevel are able to meet some limited practical writing needs.
- They can create statements and formulate questions based on familiar material.
- Most sentences are recombinations of learned vocabulary and structures.
- These are short and simple conversational-style sentences with basic word order.
- They are written almost exclusively in present time.
- Writing tends to consist of a few simple sentences, often with repetitive structure.
- Topics are tied to highly predictable content areas and personal information.
- Vocabulary is adequate to express elementary needs.
- There may be basic errors in grammar, word choice, punctuation, spelling, and in the formation and use of non- alphabetic symbols.
- Their writing is understood by natives used to the writing of non-natives, although additional effort may be required.
- When Intermediate Low writers attempt to perform writing tasks at the Advanced level, their writing will deteriorate significantly and their message may be left incomplete.
- Students at the Intermediate Low sublevel are able to successfully handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks by creating with the language in straightforward social situations.
- Conversation is restricted to some of the concrete exchanges and predictable topics necessary for survival in the target-language culture.
- These topics relate to basic personal information; for example, self and family, some daily activities and personal preferences, and some immediate needs, such as ordering food and making simple purchases.
- At the Intermediate Low sublevel, students are primarily reactive and struggle to answer direct questions or requests for information.
- They are also able to ask a few appropriate questions.
- Intermediate Low speakers manage to sustain the functions of the Intermediate level, although just barely.
- Intermediate Low speakers express personal meaning by combining and recombining what they know and what they hear from their interlocutors into short statements and discrete sentences.
- Their responses are often filled with hesitancy and inaccuracies as they search for appropriate linguistic forms and vocabulary while attempting to give form to the message.
- Their speech is characterized by frequent pauses, ineffective reformulations and self- corrections.
- Their pronunciation vocabulary, and syntax are strongly influenced by their first language.
- In spite of frequent misunderstandings that may require repetition or rephrasing, Intermediate Low speakers can generally be understood by sympathetic interlocutors, particularly by those accustomed to dealing with non-natives.
- At the Intermediate Low sublevel, students are able to understand some information from sentence- length speech, one utterance at a time, in basic personal and social contexts, though comprehension is often uneven.
- At the Intermediate Low sublevel, listeners show little or no comprehension of oral texts typically understood by Advanced- level listeners.