Age: 11-12 years
- At the Intermediate High sublevel, readers are able to understand fully and with ease short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with personal and social topics to which the reader brings personal interest or knowledge.
- These readers are also able to understand some connected texts featuring description and narration although there will be occasional gaps in understanding due to a limited knowledge of the vocabulary, structures, and writing conventions of the language.
- Students at the Intermediate High sublevel are able to meet all practical writing needs of the Intermediate level.
- Additionally, they can write compositions and simple summaries related to work and/or school experiences.
- They can narrate and describe in different time frames when writing about everyday events and situations.
- These narrations and descriptions are often but not always of paragraph length, and they typically contain some evidence of breakdown in one or more features of the Advanced level.
- For example,these writers may be inconsistent in the use of appropriate major time markers, result- ing in a loss of clarity.
- The vocabulary, grammar, and style of Intermediate High writer essentially correspond to those of the spoken language.
- Intermediate High writing, even with numerous and perhaps significant errors, is generally comprehensible to natives not used to the writing of non-natives, but there are likely to be gaps in comprehension.
- Intermediate High speakers are able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with the routine tasks and social situations of the Intermediate level.
- They are able to handle successfully uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to their work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence.
- Intermediate High speakers can handle a substantial number of tasks associated with the Advanced level, but they are unable to sustain performance of all of these tasks all of the time.
- Intermediate High speakers can narrate and describe in all major time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length, but not all the time.
- Typically, when Intermediate High speakers attempt to perform Advanced- level tasks, their speech exhibits one or more features of breakdown, such as the failure to carry out fully the narration or description in the appropriate major time frame, an inability to maintain paragraph-length discourse, or a reduction in breadth and appropriateness of vocabulary.
- Intermediate High speakers can generally be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-natives, although interference from another language may be evident (e.g., use of code-switching, false cognates, literal translations), and a pattern of gaps in communication may occur.
- At the Intermediate High level, students are able to understand, with ease and confidence, simple sentence length speech in basic personal and social contexts.
- They can derive substantial meaning from some connected texts typically understood by Advanced-level listeners although there often will be gaps in understanding due to a limited knowledge of the vocabulary and structures of the spoken language.