American Language & Culture Institute at CSU, Chico

English Proficiency Placement

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Class Level Assessment
During orientation, your language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be assessed. Your class level will be determined based on your test scores.

Beginning Levels:
•    Have the necessary language skills to perform daily activities such as greeting others, talking about yourself, and making simple requests
•    Have the language skills to engage in simple conversations with native speakers
•    Listen to basic level conversations or discourse and answer factual questions
•    Read simplified and adapted ESL materials, comprehend main ideas, and answer basic questions
•    Use basic sentence structure correctly
•    Write single paragraphs based on models

Intermediate Levels:
•    Are able to interact successfully in a variety of social situations and respond appropriately
•    Are able to give short informational presentations that demonstrate satisfactory comprehension of varied listening materials
•    Read clearly organized texts, then identify the main ideas, supporting details, and method of development
•    Write complex essays using process writing strategies and development
•    Are able to take notes and summarize short academic lectures and extended conversations

Advanced Levels:
•    Utilize oral communication skills with enough accuracy and fluency to participate in a range of practical, social, and academic situations
•    Use vocabulary effectively, particularly for expressing subtleties of meaning
•    Process ideas and information from complex academic lectures (from a variety of media) and integrate the information into discussions and debates
•    Explain and synthesize information from lectures in preparation for essay exams
•    Write a well organized research paper with proper documentation, suitable for mainstream academic coursework
•    Read a wide range of fictional and non-fictional texts with nearly complete comprehension and demonstrate effective use of analytical skills

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