Louisiana English Language Proficiency Level Descriptors
Level I - Beginning Proficiency indicates that the student who is limited English proficient is:
Beginning to understand short utterances.
Beginning to use gestures and simple words to communicate.
Beginning to understand simple printed material.
Beginning to develop communicative writing skills.
Level II - Lower Intermediate Proficiency indicates that the student who is limited English can:
Understand simple statements, directions, and questions.
Use appropriate strategies to initiate and respond to simple conversation.
Understand the general message of basic reading passages.
Compose short informative passages on familiar topics.
evel Level III - Upper Intermediate Proficiency indicates that the student who is limited English proficient can:
Understand standard speech delivered in most settings.
Communicate orally with some hesitation.
Understand descriptive material within familiar contexts and some complex narratives.
Write simple texts and short reports.
Level IV - Advanced Proficiency indicates that the student who is limited English proficient can:
Identify the main ideas and relevant details of discussions or presentations on a wide range of topics.
Actively engage in most communicative situations familiar or unfamiliar.
Understand the context of most text in academic areas with support.
Write multi-paragraph essays, journal entries, personal/business, and creative texts in an organized fashion with some errors.
Level V - Full English Proficiency indicates that the student who is limited English proficient can:
Understand and identify the main ideas and relevant details of extended discussion or presentations on familiar and unfamiliar topics is fluent and accurate in language production.
Use reading strategies the same as their native English-speaking peers to derive meaning from a wide range of both social and academic texts.
Write fluently using language structures, technical vocabulary, and appropriate writing conventions with some circumlocutions.
Lee High School - ESL Instructional Support
Melissa McKenzie ESL