Before the interviews: a listening comprehension test involving test items derived from the KPG B2 level listening comprehension past papers. Test items: Test items: a) Multiple-choice (M/C) b) True/False/Not Stated (T/F/NS) c) Completion items
While taking the test: note down their difficulties next to test items notes used as stimuli on the day of the interviews After the end of the test: fill in a feedback questionnaire (of a closed type): a. rate test items and oral texts in terms of difficulty b. evaluate the effect of specific text and task variables on their performance responses used to form the questions of each interview
Interviews carried out: on a different day from the test separately with each individual in Greek Each interview: lasted 30-45 minutes was recorded
Test item difficulties explain difficulty with reference to specific test item types Text-related difficulties elaborate on factors of text difficulty (i.e., rate of speech, accent, text density, etc.) Their reasoning & thought processes in responding
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Listening is a multi-dimensional procedure and performance on listening test tasks requires a complex combination of knowledge & processing skills (Buck, 2001). Listening comprehension in L2 is difficult irrespectively of language proficiency level.
1) examine actual B2 level learners’ perceptions of listening task and text difficulty (open questionnaires) (Phase 1) 2) combine learners’ perceptions with item difficulty results derived from item analysis (Phase 1)