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ERIC Number: ED354751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1015-2059
Testing Listening Comprehension: A New Approach?
Lewkowicz, Jo
Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v14 p25-31 1991
Some of the issues involved in validating two English second-language listening comprehension tests are examined. The tests were two different levels of a listening summary-cloze measure developed for use in a battery of language proficiency tests in the second and fourth years of university-level study in China. In them, students listen to a talk or short lecture and complete a cloze-procedure summary of the topic, based on notes taken. The listening comprehension subtests were piloted with 203 and 117 students, respectively. Scores were correlated with those of other subtests and with total scores. Results suggest that this listening summary cloze test has a number of advantages: (1) the talk/lecture format allows the examiner considerable latitude in selection and presentation of topic, for both effectiveness and security; (2) the format lends itself to a large number of cloze items; and (3) while marking of items is largely objective, examinees are not restricted to exact words or phrases but can demonstrate their comprehension of the text. Selection of text and deletions and careful test administration are seen as crucial to test effectiveness. Further research on retention of content over time is recommended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China