ERIC Number: ED036805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Aural Comprehension Tests and How to Prepare Them.
Cosgrave, Desmond P.
The Modern English Journal, v1 n1 p5-16 Feb 1970
Aural comprehension tests, which are designed so that the student can give non-vocal reactions to orally-presented problems are valuable for two reasons: they provide the teacher of English with an objective and accurate measure of the pupils' comprehension and can also be given simultaneously to a large group of students. According to the author, it is very important that this kind of test be properly prepared, taking into consideration that the structured oral approach must use meaningful alternatives based on expressions already practiced in class. These tests are best administered with a tape recorder or a language laboratory to eliminate possible subjectivity in the teacher's voice, and are apparently most successful when the answer form is completion, single response, or supplying a sentence to describe a situation. When using contrastive elements, it is best not to give widely varying alternatives; although three alternatives are preferable some structures will not permit this. The author further suggests ways of preparing the test script so it will be meaningful and ways of checking the reliability of the test itself. He emphasizes that the aural comprehension test cannot measure a student's speaking ability. (FB)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Auditory Discrimination, English (Second Language), Language Tests, Language Usage, Listening Comprehension, Standard Spoken Usage, Tape Recordings, Teacher Developed Materials, Test Construction
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