Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PROFICIENCY. What does it mean to be "proficient" in English?

According to author Scott Thornbury in "An A-Z of ELT" (page 181) " A language users´s proficiency is the degree of skill with
which they can use the language. A proficient user is one who is considered to have a native-like, or near native-like, ability in the language. This is broadly defined in the Common European Framework as being equivalent to C2 level."

A proficient user:
"Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations." (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment. Council of Europe, 2001, p24)