English for Speakers of Other Languages

Intermediate: What to Expect

Forms & Functions

Forms 11-20PDF icon
Listening
  • Understanding is not consistent. For example a student may understand the instructions given on what to do, but not how to do it; repetition and rewording may be necessary.
  • Misunderstandings are common in both the main idea and the details of any given topic.
  • Understands typical length phrases that use common language on a variety of topics.
  • Topics at this level should become increasingly more complex yet still revolve around needs.
  • Activities at this level should include face-to-face conversations and listening that is not face-to-face, such as telephone conversations, speeches, announcements, etc.
  • A student at the intermediate level can comprehend for longer durations of time on a variety of topics if the topics are connected.
Reading
  • Able to understand main ideas and some details from texts that revolve around personal or social needs.
  • Texts used at this level should not use complex structures such as: would have, might have been, would have been better if, etc. Texts should have a clear structure to them.
  • Texts should be informational and to the point. It is important that the topics be of interest to the reader or the reader needs to have a basic knowledge of the topic.
  • The texts should begin to approximate Advanced level texts, however students comprehension will be less consistent.
  • Students may have to read material several times to gain understanding.
  • In words such as read (I read a book yesterday.) and read (I read every day) pronunciation is not always accurate.
Writing
  • Student is able to write; short messages, postcards, phone messages, simple letters, brief synopses and paraphrases, summaries of biographical data, work and school experiences
  • Shows evidence of control of basic structures such as the present tense, the basic past tense, and future.
  • Student should have control of tense
  • Writing is usually comprehensible to people who are used to the writing of English Language Learners.
Speaking
  • When speaking, one may still notice a strong accent or that the word order of the native language may exist.
  • Student is able to maneuver a variety of uncomplicated tasks and social situations, although vocabulary may still be somewhat basic.
  • Can ask and answer questions and participate in simple conversations on topics beyond the most immediate needs.
  • Speech may still contain long pauses while the speaker searches for the correct way to say something.
  • Still does not elaborate when speaking and will seldom venture to use description.