Testing Listening Skills

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Testing Listening Skills
Distinguishing between sounds Dictation Short statements and conversations: Simple instructions; Statements, questions, and short conversations; Completing pictures; Following directions; Short conversations and statements about pictures Longer conversations and talks: Radio reports; Longer conversations Recognition: Word in context Comprehension: Restatement
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Distinguishing between Sounds
Listen carefully to the short talk which your teacher will give. You will hear one of the words or phrases in each of the following pairs. You will hear it in the same order as it is listed here. Write the letter of the word or phrase. 1. A hate B hit 2. A beans B beings 3. A filling B feeling 4. A flows B flies 5. A jaw B shore (Short talk to be read aloud) Many people hate snakes and try to kill them whenever they can. Snakes will attack human beings, however, only when they are disturbed. It is simply for feeling things and smelling substances. A snake’s poison flows through its fangs into the body of its victim. These fangs are in the upper jaw and are really hollow teeth. If you are bitten by a snake, keep calm, try to remember what the snake looked like and see a doctor at once.
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Practice in Pairs
• • • Make a list of 5 word-pairs containing vowels /I/ and /i:/. Make a list of 5 word-pairs containing consonants /ð/ and /θ/. Make a short passage containing word-pairs of nos. 1 and 2. Provide the instruction to test listening skill.



Sample 1 Listen carefully to the following short talk which I shall read aloud. After you have heard it, answer the following questions. (Text in the Appendix) a. Why was table tennis first called ping pong? b. Why are rubber bats used now? Sample 2 In the passage for dictation the following eight past tense forms and past participles are used. Listen carefully and number these in the order in which they occur. (Text in the Appendix) painted made bought returned examined went began gave Sample 3 Listen carefully to the talk. You will hear one of the following words or phrases in each pair. Write the letter of the word or phrase. 1. A live B leave 2. A one other B one another 3. A tall B all



Short Statements and Conversations: Simple instructions
Put the pen next to the ruler. Now pick up the longer of the two pencils. Write your full name on the paper near the ruler. Put the pencil under the box of chalk. Read out the headline in the second column at the top of page 2.

1. Where is the pen put? 2. How many pencils are there? 3. What is written on the paper?
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Short Statements and Conversations: Statements, questions, and short conversations
Statements: Students hear: “Aqila wouldn’t be late so much if he knew he’d be punished’’. Students read: A Aqila is often late and is punished. B Aqila is often late but is never punished. C Aqila is rarely late and is never punished. D Aqila is rarely late and thus isn’t often punished.

Questions: Students hear: How did you do it? Students read: A No, I didn’t. B I’m fine, thanks. C By loosening the screws. D About half an hour.
Short Conversations: Students hear: Man: Can I have an appointment with Mr Geong tomorrow? Woman: Let me see. He usually gets here at nine in the morning and he’s free for ten minutes then. Otherwise it’ll have to be ten-twenty. Man: In that case, I’ll be waiting for him as soon as he arrives. Students read: At what time does the man want to see Mr Geong? A 9.00 a.m. B 9.10 a.m. C 10 a.m. D 10.20 a.m.
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Short Statements and Conversations: Completing pictures
For Students

Use the incomplete picture to test listening skill. As a language teacher, make short statements to be read or recorded in such a way that the students are able to complete the pictures well.



Short Statements and Conversations: Following directions



Longer Conversations and Talks: Radio Reports
Record the types of reports from radio program, e.g. BBC World Service Choose the topic from the program, e.g.: weather and traffic reports; sports reports and results; news reports; etc. May be from: http://www.bbc.co.uk; http://www.learnenglish.org.uk; http://www.free-english.com; etc.
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Recognition: Word in context
I’ll ____ the needle for you. b. thread c. dread d. threat e. tread Make 3 other words in context as items for testing listening skill. Do in groups of three.



Comprehension: Restatement
Students hear ‘I wish I had done what you told me to’ and choose a sentence corresponding in meaning or complete a sentence keeping the meaning intact. You told me to do it but I _____. c.don’t d.didn’t e.won’t f.shouldn’t



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