NOVICE-HIGH (STAMP LEVEL 3)
At this level, I can create simple sentences with very basic control and accuracy.
There are often errors in my responses, while at the same time I might have good control with some very simple structures and functions of the language that I have just learned or studied.
At the Novice levels, errors are expected as I try to create simple sentences.
Generally, the sentences that I am able to create are very basic and simple with few, if any, added details.
DO THESE THINGS TO POWER UP TO INTERMEDIATE-LOW (STAMP LEVEL 4)
Text Type (Intermediate-Low) Strings of Sentences:
Work on increasing the amount of language you add to each sentence to create greater depth of meaning and begin to string sentences together.
Expand vocabulary beyond your every-day life to topics like: travel, occupations, health, shopping, local community, etc…
Understand what constitutes Added Detail (details that add depth and clarity to the language: prepositional phrases, descriptive words, basic use of helping verbs, adverbs and more specific vocabulary…yes, learning these terms is important.)
Understand how different forms of Added Detail can help create a bigger picture. Try to show variety in your sentence structure as well.
Don’t be afraid of making errors! Use all the language that you can in order to create more detail in your writing and speaking.
INTERMEDIATE-LOW (STAMP LEVEL 4)
At this level, I can create simple sentences with some added detail; such sentences help create VARIETY.
At the Intermediate-Low level, simple sentences are enhanced by the use of prepositional phrases, helping verb usage, as well as some adverbs and a variety of adjectives.
I generally create independent sentences (ideas) that can be moved around without affecting the overall meaning of the response.
There are still a number of errors in my response, but I have fairly good control of more basic sentences.
I am feeling more confident in using different structures and expanding vocabulary and taking more risks with my responses.
DO THESE THINGS TO POWER UP TO INTERMEDIATE-MID (STAMP LEVEL 5)
Text Type (Intermediate-Mid) Connected Sentences basic:
Strive to use different forms of Added Detail, creating greater clarity and richness in your sentences.
Try to add elements of complexity to your sentence structures. There are many ways you can add complexity! Consider how you can create longer sentences using some complex structures. Increase your use of dependent and independent clauses – not just compound sentences using ‘and’, ‘but’ or ‘because’. Be careful to not create run-on sentences. Use complexity to add depth of meaning. Use other tense forms that are beyond the simple “present tense”. It is expected that these new skills will have errors – don’t worry about the errors, just do your best.
Make a point to speak or write every day using the new vocabulary intermixed with what you are more confident about. The more you use the new vocabulary, the more natural it will become for you.
Don’t be afraid of making errors! (Yes, this is a constant reminder. Errors show that you are stretching and trying new things at this level.)
INTERMEDIATE-HIGH (STAMP LEVEL 6)
- At this level, I have good control of the language and feel quite confident about an increasing range of topics.
- There are still some occasional errors in my language production, but that does not hinder my ability to communicate what I need to share.
- I can use circumlocution (using a round-about way of saying something because of the vocabulary I lack.) to explain or describe things for which I do not know specific vocabulary or structures.
- I can understand and use different time frames and am just beginning to develop the ability to switch most time frames (going back and forth between verb tenses) with accuracy.
- I can use transition words and concepts with some ease to create more clear connections between ideas.
- My language has a more natural flow, but I still may have some unnatural pauses or hesitations.
DO THESE THINGS TO POWER UP TO ADVANCED-LOW (STAMP LEVEL 7)
Text Type (Advanced-Low) Paragraph Structure basic:
- Endeavor to learn vocabulary from topics you usually do not learn in formal class settings. Expand your vocabulary breadth by reading and listening to news and other current events, or just by listening to native speakers.
- Strive to create language that is cohesive and unified with a beginning, middle and end. Clear organization of thoughts and ideas is critical to reach this level.
- Learn and use idiomatic and colloquial language. This will help make your speech and writing more natural and authentic.
Strive to incorporate more complex language. This includes a wider variety of verb conjugations/time frames as well as less frequently used transition words/phrases.
Accuracy in functions/structures is important at this level. Pay close attention to those areas where you are not confident nor sure about correct usage. At this level, use of correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, accents, tonal markers, umlauts, etc. (all language specific features) increase in importance – especially if your desire is to reach Advanced levels where business language is expected.
Connect with as many native speakers as you can each day. You can use a variety of technology resources to do this. Take notes of new vocabulary you hear and try to incorporate that language in daily conversation.
Listen to music or watch movies in the target language each day. Repeat along with the singer or actor. This will allow you to practice speaking more quickly as well as help you acquire cultural perspectives and learn new vocabulary in fun and engaging ways.
Teach what you are learning to a friend or relative. This is a great way to process and remember new content and concepts.