2 LISTENING COMPREHENSION TESTS Same kind of questions can be used to test Listening comprehension as for Reading comprehension. The text is read out by the teacher as a Listening test. DIFFERENCES from Reading Test : a. the questions should be simpler and not too many. b. in reading, students can keep referring back to the text, but in listening they have to retain what they hear in their minds. So, the text itself should also be fairly short. c. in listening, we can test students’ ability to recognize words and phrases which would present no problem in reading. So, we could include questions which can be answered directly from the text. d. if the main aim is to test listening skill, we should avoid giving students too much to write.
3 QUESTION TYPES TESTING EXTENSIVE LISTENING SKILLS : 1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) 2. Short Answer Questions (SAQs) 3. Information Transfer Techniques
4 TESTING INTENSIVE LISTENING : E.g. Dictation Advantages & Disadvantages: (1). it gives results similar to those obtained from Cloze tests. (2). in predicting the overall ability, it has the advantage of involving listening ability. (3). It is easy to create and to administer. (4). It is certainly not easy to score. (5). If the dictation is not recorded on tape, the test will be less reliable, as there will be differences in, e.g., the speed of delivery of the text to different audiences.
5 LISTENING SKILLS : 1. MACRO - SKILLS include: Listening for specific information Obtaining gist of what is being said. Following directions Following instructions 2. MICRO – SKILLS include : Interpretation of intonation patterns ( recognition of sarcasm, etc) Recognition of function of structures ( such as interrogative as request, for example : could you pass the salt ?).