Testing listening comprehension

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INFORME DE SEMINARIO
ASIGNATURA: TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTS
ESPECIALIDAD: DIDÁCTICA DEL INGLÉS COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA
PARTICIPANTE:
* FLOREZ CONCHA, Angélica Indira.

TÍTULO DEL TEMA:
TESTING LISTENING COMPREHENSION

1. CONCEPTOS BÁSICOS:

* TESTING.- It is a method for collecting information. A test is, first of all, about something in educational terms, tests have subjectmatter or content.
Second, a test is task or set of tasks that elicit observable behavior from the test taker.
Thus, tests are a form of measurement.

* LISTENING.- it is a linguistic factor. We normally develop listening skills in the classroom in lockstep fashion. It is important to student’s comprehension.

* COMPREHENSION.- It is when you understand the message or the text.2. DESARROLLO.

1. TESTING EXTENSIVE LISTENING SKILLS.- The main object of a listening test is to evaluate student’s comprehension. His degree of comprehension will depend on his ability to discriminate phonemes, to recognize stress and intonation patterns and to retain what he has heard. There are forms to testing extensive listening comprehension:

* Multiple choice
* Short answerquestions
* Information transfer techniques

* MULTIPLE CHOICE : because of the problems associated whit the serial nature of the listening process there are additional difficulties in employing this technique as a measure of listening ability, for example the extra burden that is placed on processing by having to keep four options in mind. The format is artificial and is increasinglyperceived as an invalid method for assessing comprehension by teachers, material designers and language testers.

For example: You will hear part of a radio program called “My radio”. The topic is “Egypt”.

“Egypt is an African country. It is a flat and hot country. There is a large desert called the Sahara desert and there are also some famous pyramids. An important economic activity in Egyptis tourism. Agriculture is important, too.
Cairo is the capital of the country. It is very large and populous. It is on the banks of the Nile River…”

A. Circle the correct statement.

1) What is Egypt?

a) A city
b) A river
c) A country
d) A person

2) An important economic activity in Egypt is…
a) Fishing
b) Hunting
c) tourism
d) agriculture3) What is the capital from Egypt?
a) India
b) Africa
c) Australia
d) Cairo










• SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS: (note taking) can be a realistic activity for testing listening comprehension, for example, if one wishes to simulate real life activities where notes are taken as somebody communicates a spoken message. With sufficient care the responses canbe limited and so the danger of the writing process interfering with the measurement of listening is largely avoided.

For example: You will hear a man talking on the radio about the INKA museum. Some information is missing. Look at the notes and complete the information about it.

INKA MUSEUM
The museum is:
* In a house which was a 1. ………………………………………………………………………
* Near the 2.……………………………………………………………… behind the cathedral.
In the museum, you can know about:
* The cultures 3. ………………………, …………………………., …………………………. Etc.
* To get there follow the 4…………………………………………………………………… signs
* From the town centre.

* INFORMATION TRANSFER TECHNIQUES : A particular advantage for using this technique in testing listening is that the student does not have to process writtenquestions while trying to make sense of the spoken input. It is particularly efficient for testing an understanding of sequence, process, relationships in a text and classification.

For example: Listen to this conversation about “introduce yourself”. Which one is starting the dialog . Listen and put the dialog in the correct order. Write the numbers.

……. Josh: I’m from Australia
……....
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