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ERIC Number: ED386916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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ISSN: ISSN-0001-0251
Testing Listening Comprehension.
Thompson, Irene
AATSEEL Newsletter, v37 n5 p24-31 Apr 1995
This article discusses practical considerations in developing tests of listening comprehension in second language learning with a particular emphasis on the choice of listening passages and assessment tasks. The listening construct is defined as the process of receiving, attending to, and assigning meaning to aural stimuli. Questions should be developed while listening to, not reading, the intended passage. Selection of passage may depend upon orality versus literacy, audio versus video, passage length, content familiarity, vocabulary and sentence structure, elaborations and redundancies, speech rate and pauses, and fuzzy word boundaries or other speech phenomena. Consideration must be given to type of response expected, including multiple choice, true-false, open-ended, recall, and nonverbal. Presentation effects should also be part of the decision, such as advance organizers, language of instructions and questions, and uniformity of presentation. New tests should be refined by pilot testing before actual use. (Contains 41 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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