Rate Yourself: Advanced Language Level
At the advanced language level, you are starting to feel quite comfortable with your new tongue. Youre beginning to relax and enjoy living in your new culture. Remember there are still goals to achieve even after you can get around in your new language.
Continue to define and redefine your goals and objectives to increase your language abilities. Come back periodically to rate yourself: celebrate your accomplishments and work on weaknesses. This page will help you do both. The ratings are divided into Advanced, Advanced Plus, and Superior. Review them to find which one best describes your level.
In each category, use the Goals section to set your broad goals and the Self-Test section to identify specific near-term objectives. Then, regularly rate yourself against the items in the Self-Test for that section - including those you have added to meet your specific, advanced language level needs. Be sure to keep the cluster idea in mind as you expand on and do your self-tests.
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Advanced Language Level
Able to participate freely in most casual and some work conversations. Able to give simple directions or explanations at work.
Able to talk about past and future events.
With minimal requests for repetition, am able to get the gist of normal conversation by native speakers speaking at an advanced language level.
My vocabulary is good enough to speak simply with only a few circumlocutions and I am able to speak extemporaneously and at an advanced language level on many topics.
Though my accent is clearly that of a learner, I can generally be understood.
Advanced Language Level-Plus
Able to handle most work requirements and conversations on technical or work related topics of interest.
Able to express facts, give instructions, describe, report, and talk about current, past, and future activities.
Often I am able to speak fluently and easily, though occasionally I must pause to think of a word. I still make some grammatical errors.
In dealing with native speakers, I am able to understand common rules of etiquette, taboos and sensitivities, and handle routine social situations when dealing with people accustomed to foreigners.
Superior Language Level
Able to converse on most practical, social, and professional topics.
Able to deal with unfamiliar topics, provide explanations, resolve problems, describe in detail, offer supported opinions, and hypothesize.
I am able to talk about simple abstract ideas.
I rarely have to grope for a word. My control of grammar is good and errors almost never seem to bother the native speaker.
Able to participate appropriately in most social and work situations.
Able to understand most nonverbal responses; beginning to understand culture-related humor.
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Goal Setting Quote
Often advanced learners expand their language skills sideways, increasing the number of topics they can discuss with ease, and in depth rather than forward.
They make strides in sophistication of expression, add vocabulary choices and become more precise in their conversation.--Concordia Language Villiages
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