ILR 101. January 23, 2009 Language Testing and Assessment Unit, FBI Maria M. Brau and Rachel L. Brooks. Topics Covered. ILR background ILR scale Language skills ILR Skill Level Descriptions In-house testing studies Native speakers/heritage speakers/learners
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January 23, 2009
Language Testing and Assessment Unit, FBI
Maria M. Brau and Rachel L. Brooks
ILR Skill Level Descriptions
Level 3 Range
0: No cooking ability
2: Follow recipes
3: Catering for small groups
5: Master Chef
Moving upward is increasingly difficult.
ILR Skill Levels
Level 3 Range
Each level represents a range.
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Proficiency (Single Skills)
Performance (Combined Skills)
The individual can effectively combine structure and vocabulary to convey his/her meaning accurately.
Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics. Nevertheless, the individual's limitations generally restrict the professional contexts of language use to matters of shared knowledge and/or international convention. Discourse is cohesive. The individual uses the language acceptably, but with some noticeable imperfections; yet, errors virtually never interfere with understanding and rarely disturb the native speaker. The individual can effectively combine structure and vocabulary to convey his/her meaning accurately. The individual speaks readily and fills pauses suitably. In face-to-face conversation with natives speaking the standard dialect at a normal rate of speech, comprehension is quite complete. Although cultural references, proverbs, and the implications of nuances and idiom may not be fully understood, the individual can easily repair the conversation. Pronunciation may be obviously foreign. Individual sounds are accurate; but stress, intonation, and pitch control may be faulty.
Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics.
No opportunity to clarify
Can request clarification
Reading Comprehension of the Source Language
Writing Ability in the Target Language
Maximum Translation Ability
If you can read a foreign language, you can translate.
True or False
If the foreign language is your native language and you are proficient in English, you can translate.
True or False
Testing one prerequisite skill is not sufficient to predict translation ability.
Passed Listening (DLPT)
Failed Listening (DLPT)
Passed Reading (DLPT)
Failed Reading (DLPT)
Passed Translation Test
Failed Translation Test
Passed Reading/Failed TT
Failed Reading/Passed TT
The person with the intention to dispose of her
bread-enveloped meal is me.
A certain pre-adolescent human moved in an
awkward, unbalanced manner about that particular
room purposed for recreation.