English for Speakers of Other Languages

Early Advanced/Advanced: What to Expect

Forms & Functions

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Listening
  • Advanced students understand main ideas and most details of topics if they are connected in some way. They can understand a variety of topics that are personal and impersonal.
  • An advanced student still does NOT understand everything. A complex language pattern or a series of unknown vocabulary can still “throw them off”.
  • Advanced students are beginning to understand figurative speech and sarcasm.
Speaking
  • An advanced student is able to actively participate in a conversation.
  • This student is able to initiate a conversation that may be complex and is able to maintain the conversation even when the conversation takes an unforeseen turn.
  • Student is able to able to tell a story or an event that is approximately a paragraph in length.
  • Emerging ability to support opinions, explain in detail, and hypothesize.
  • Student uses communicative strategies, such as paraphrasing and talking around unknown words or phrases with ease.
Reading
  • Is able to read longer prose particularly if presented with a clear underlying structure.
  • The texts used at the advanced level should be conceptually abstract, such as cell structure. Text should be grammatically complex. The text should be on unfamiliar topics or unfamiliar situations. The text should include aspects of American culture.
  • The emergence of the styles of writing allows for a wider variety of texts, including literary.
Writing
  • Writes about a variety of topics with significant precision and detail.
  • Student uses remarkable sentence fluency.
  • Student has a good control of the common word order patterns, and connector words such as prepositions (anything you can do to a box), etc.
  • Strong in either grammar or vocabulary.
  • Advanced students have an emerging sense of organization.
  • The style of writing may still be obviously foreign such as have, what would be to an American, excessive amounts of surrealism.