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Boost Your LinkedIn Presence with Accurate Language Proficiency Levels

๐Ÿ“œ ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ž๐๐ˆ๐ง ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ?

๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ.

Your LinkedIn profile has a special "Languages" section under the "Accomplishments" header, highlighting your language abilities. It allows you to select your language proficiency level from five options, similar to the Interagency Language Roundtable Scale (ILRS), the standard grading system used by the Federal government for grading language proficiency.

The proficiency speaking and reading levels combined are:

1 - Elementary Proficiency:

Able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements. Able to read some personal and place names, street signs, office and shop designations, numbers, and isolated words and phrases.

You can understand and use simple phrases and sentences to communicate basic information about yourself and your surroundings.

2 - Limited Working Proficiency:

Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements. Able to read simple prose, in a form equivalent to typescript or printing, on subjects within a familiar context.

This is still an elementary level of proficiency. You can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

3 - Minimum Professional Proficiency:

Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics. Able to read standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in the individual's special field.

At this level, you can deal with most situations likely to arise at work. You can enter into unprepared conversations and interact with a degree of fluency.

4 - Full Professional Proficiency:

Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs. Able to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs.

5 - Native or Bilingual Proficiency:

Equivalent to that of an educated native speaker.

There is also another way to evaluate your language proficiency. You can also identify your proficiency level using a standardized scale, such as the Common European Framework (CEFR). This framework uses six levels to describe language proficiency, from A1 (beginner) to C2 (proficient). It also offers a self-assessment orientation tool to help learners profile their language skills, and a translation is available in most European languages.

If you haven't added your languages yet, check out the CEFR and look at the self-assessment grid!

Just remember, honesty is the best policy. The importance of being honest when describing your language proficiency cannot be stressed enough. A skill such as this cannot be faked, and you will get caught if you overstate your proficiency. You are almost certain to lose your job if you lie, so tell the truth.


๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ I share free tips to help Project Managers reach their professional goals through more clear and more effective English. ๐ŸŽฏ

If you'd like more tips on evaluating your English proficiency, send me a message ๐Ÿ“ฉ with the word ๐„๐๐†๐‹๐ˆ๐’๐‡, and I'll point you in the right direction. ๐Ÿงญ

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