Speaking Proficiency Scale (Oller)

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This posting is the initial post of the two series posts telling about assessing speaking. In the first part, it will give us the scale of speaking proficiency that was originally created by Oller. As far as I know, assessing speaking can be hard when we do not know what scale we can use in assessing speaking. It makes the assessment easier by giving the score that is in accordance with the scale the students represent.

  • Able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements.

Can ask and answer question on topics very familiar to him; within the scope of his very limited language experience can understand simple questions and statements

  • Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements.

Can handle with confidence but not with facility most social situations including introductions and casual conversations about current events, as well as work, family, and autobiographical information

  • 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. Can discuss particular interests and special fields of competence with reasonable ease; comprehension is quite complete for a normal rate of speech; vocabulary is broad enough that he rarely has to grope for a word; accent may be obviously foreign; control of grammar good; errors never interfere with understanding and rarely disturb the native speaker.

  • Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels normally pertinent to professionals needs.

Can understand and participate in any conversation within his range of experience with a high degree of fluency and precision of vocabulary; would rarely be taken for a native speaker, but can respond appropriately even in unfamiliar situations; errors of pronunciation and grammar quite rare; can handle informal interpreting from and into the language.

  • Speaking proficiency equivalent to that of an educated native speaker.

Has complete fluency in the language such that his speech on all levels is fully accepted by educated native speakers in all of its features, including breadth of vocabulary and idiom, colloquialisms, and pertinent cultural references.

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