The Listening Comprehension Test 2
Linda Bowers, Rosemary Huisingh and Carolyn LoGiudice
· Ages: 6-11 Years
· Grades: 1-6
· Testing Time: 40 minutes
Since classroom listening is such an integrated process, The Listening Comprehension Test 2 assesses listening through natural classroom situations rather than evaluating listening through simple repetition or discrimination subtests. The tasks reveal students' strengths and weaknesses in integrated language problem solving, reasoning, and comprehension of material presented auditorily. All of the subtests require students to:
· Pay careful attention to what they hear
· Listen with a purpose in mind
· Remember what they hear well enough to think about it
· Avoid being impulsive in giving answers
· Express answers verbally
The latest studies reveal that listening is a large part of learning in the classroom and is one of our primary means of interacting with others on a personal basis. Children need the basic skill of listening (receiving, attending to, interpreting, and responding to verbal messages and other cues) in order to succeed in school and in life. Effective classroom listening requires processing many incoming signals at once to distinguish which signals need immediate attention, to organise and understand the input, and to plan appropriate responses. Classroom listening also requires integrating the communication skills of vocabulary and semantics, syntax and morphology, phonology, and thinking.
The format consists of listening passages and questions targeting listening comprehension in five subtests.
Main Idea—Listen to a passage and identify the main idea. This requires the student to recall his background knowledge of the topic and process the overall meaning of the passage to identify the main idea. What am I talking about?
Details—Listen to a passage and answer a question about the details. This requires the student to rely on grammar, words, and semantics of the passage to comprehend the details. Where was the party?
Reasoning— Infer answers from information presented verbally. This subtest taps into higher-level cognitive skills. What might Ray's friends have done to get ready for his party?
Vocabulary—Give a one-word synonym or a descriptive definition for a word hear in a passage. What is another word for gift?
Understanding Messages—Listen to a short message and answer two questions about it. Message: Parent conferences are next week, so school will dismiss 30 minutes early on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. What days are parent conferences? Why will students be dismissed early next week?
Examiner Qualifications—The test should only be administered by a trained professional familiar with language disorders (e.g., speech-language pathologist, psychologist). Paraprofessionals or support personnel cannot adequately administer and score the test.
COMPLETE LISTENING COMPREHENSION TEST-2 KIT INCLUDES: Examiner’s Manual, 20 Test Forms.