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  • ELPS-TELPAS Proficiency Level

    Descriptors

    Permission to copy the ELPS-TELPAS Proficiency Level Descriptors is hereby extended to Texas school officials and their agents for their exclusive use in determining the English language proficiency ratings of their limited English proficient students.

  • EL

    PS

    -TE

    LP

    AS

    Pro

    fici

    ency

    Lev

    el D

    escr

    ipto

    rs

    Gra

    des

    K1

    2 L

    iste

    nin

    g

    Beg

    inni

    ng

    Inte

    rmed

    iate

    A

    dvan

    ced

    Adv

    ance

    d H

    igh

    Beg

    inni

    ng E

    nglis

    h la

    ngua

    ge

    lear

    ners

    (E

    LLs)

    hav

    e lit

    tle

    or n

    o ab

    ility

    to

    unde

    rsta

    nd s

    poke

    n E

    nglis

    h us

    ed in

    aca

    dem

    ic a

    nd

    soci

    al s

    etti

    ngs.

    Inte

    rmed

    iate

    ELL

    s ha

    ve t

    he

    abili

    ty t

    o un

    ders

    tand

    sim

    ple,

    hi

    gh-f

    requ

    ency

    spo

    ken

    Eng

    lish

    used

    in r

    outi

    ne a

    cade

    mic

    and

    so

    cial

    set

    ting

    s.

    Adv

    ance

    d E

    LLs

    have

    the

    abi

    lity

    to u

    nder

    stan

    d, w

    ith

    seco

    nd

    lang

    uage

    acq

    uisi

    tion

    sup

    port

    , gr

    ade-

    appr

    opri

    ate

    spok

    en

    Eng

    lish

    used

    in a

    cade

    mic

    and

    so

    cial

    set

    ting

    s.

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    ance

    d hi

    gh E

    LLs

    have

    the

    ab

    ility

    to

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    rsta

    nd, w

    ith

    min

    imal

    sec

    ond

    lang

    uage

    ac

    quis

    itio

    n su

    ppor

    t, g

    rade

    -ap

    prop

    riat

    e sp

    oken

    Eng

    lish

    used

    in

    aca

    dem

    ic a

    nd s

    ocia

    l set

    ting

    s.

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    e st

    uden

    ts:

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    rugg

    le t

    o un

    ders

    tand

    sim

    ple

    conv

    ersa

    tions

    and

    sim

    ple

    disc

    ussi

    ons

    even

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    e to

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    ures

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    o id

    entif

    y an

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    guis

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    wor

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    hras

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    g so

    cial

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    ruct

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    l in

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    ns th

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    ave

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    tent

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    ifica

    tion

    in

    Eng

    lish

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    iling

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    the

    Eng

    lish

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    r;

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    n si

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    uden

    ts:

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    tions

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    rt,

    sim

    ple

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    ar

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    cs; w

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    cs a

    re u

    nfam

    iliar

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    quire

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    ensi

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    stic

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    ppor

    ts a

    nd a

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    atio

    ns (

    e.g.

    , vi

    sual

    s, s

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    al c

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    ingu

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    eani

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    lish

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    peec

    h

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    sion

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    mili

    ar

    topi

    cs,

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    etim

    es n

    eed

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    essi

    ng t

    ime

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    etim

    es

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    nd o

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    sual

    s, v

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    ures

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    ort

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    ndin

    g

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    ain

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    ts,

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    port

    ant

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    ils,

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    plic

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    form

    atio

    n du

    ring

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    al

    and

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    ctio

    nal i

    nter

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    ns

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    t be

    en in

    tent

    iona

    lly

    mod

    ified

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    casi

    onal

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    re/r

    eque

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    ow d

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    rase

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    larif

    y th

    e m

    eani

    ng o

    f th

    e E

    nglis

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    ey h

    ear

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    e st

    uden

    ts:

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    ders

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    long

    er,

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    orat

    ed

    dire

    ctio

    ns,

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    ersa

    tions

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    d di

    scus

    sion

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    iliar

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    fam

    iliar

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    ics

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    r pr

    oces

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    nden

    ce o

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    sual

    s, v

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    l cue

    s, a

    nd g

    estu

    res;

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    me

    exce

    ptio

    ns w

    hen

    com

    plex

    ac

    adem

    ic o

    r hi

    ghly

    spe

    cial

    ized

    la

    ngua

    ge is

    use

    d

    un

    ders

    tand

    mai

    n po

    ints

    , im

    port

    ant

    deta

    ils,

    and

    impl

    icit

    info

    rmat

    ion

    at

    a le

    vel n

    early

    com

    para

    ble

    to n

    ativ

    e E

    nglis

    h-sp

    eaki

    ng p

    eers

    dur

    ing

    soci

    al a

    nd in

    stru

    ctio

    nal

    inte

    ract

    ions

    ra

    rely

    req

    uire

    /req

    uest

    the

    spe

    aker

    to

    rep

    eat,

    slow

    dow

    n, o

    r re

    phra

    se

    to c

    larif

    y th

    e m

    eani

    ng o

    f th

    e E

    nglis

    h th

    ey h

    ear

  • EL

    PS

    -TE

    LP

    AS

    Pro

    fici

    ency

    Lev

    el D

    escr

    ipto

    rs

    Gra

    des

    K1

    2 S

    pea

    kin

    g

    Beg

    inni

    ng

    Inte

    rmed

    iate

    A

    dvan

    ced

    Adv

    ance

    d H

    igh

    Beg

    inni

    ng E

    nglis

    h la

    ngua

    ge

    lear

    ners

    (E

    LLs)

    hav

    e lit

    tle

    or n

    o ab

    ility

    to

    spea

    k E

    nglis

    h in

    ac

    adem

    ic a

    nd s

    ocia

    l set

    ting

    s.

    Inte

    rmed

    iate

    ELL

    s ha

    ve t

    he

    abili

    ty t

    o sp

    eak

    in a

    sim

    ple

    man

    ner

    usin

    g E

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