High-Intermediate II

General Descriptors

  • Can use the language quite fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of general, academic, or leisure topics, marking reasonably clearly the relationships between ideas.
  • Can communicate spontaneously with decent grammatical control without much sign of having to restrict what he/she wants to say, adopting a level of formality appropriate to the circumstances.

Specific Area Descriptors

  • Grammar: Has generally good grammatical control though occasional slips or non-systematic errors and minor flaws in sentence structure still occur, but they usually can be corrected in retrospect.
  • Vocabulary: Has a wide range of vocabulary for matters connected to his/her field of interest and most general topics. Can vary formulation to avoid frequent repetition, but lexical gaps can still cause hesitation and circumlocution.
  • Pronunciation: Has acquired mostly clear and natural pronunciation with only occasional mispronunciations. Sentence level stress and rhythm, and intonation are usually quite natural.
  • Spoken fluency: Can often show good fluency and ease of expression in longer and complex stretches of speech, though there are occasional pauses.
  • Listening: Can generally understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic, or vocational life. With audiocassette material, can understand recordings in standard dialect likely to be encountered in social, professional, or academic life and identify speaker viewpoints and attitudes as well as the information content.
  • Reading: Can read with a large degree of independence texts on familiar or general topics. Writing: Can write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest, synthesizing and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.