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Zara’s Video: Part One

Fluency and coherence Lexical resource
Able to answer the questions but only with short answers. Several good linking devices are used (and,or,so,because) but there are a few examples of hesitation ('err'). Manages to express precise meaning about all the subjects due to a good range of vocabulary (intellectual, productive) and some examples of more colloquial language ('to keep in touch' and 'practically everything is done').
Grammatical range and accuracy Pronunciation
Basic sentences and clauses are generally employed but with some repetitive structures ('you/I can+verb'). There are a few attempts at more complex formulations (since they were born, they are not used to') with varied success. Can generally be understood due to a very clear accent but examples of word stress, intonation and other pronunciation skills are limited.
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Andres - Colombia

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