Designing Listening Tests

A Practical Approach

  • Authors
  • Rita¬†Green

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Rita Green
    Pages 27-54
  3. Rita Green
    Pages 55-84
  4. Rita Green
    Pages 85-113
  5. Rita Green
    Pages 115-143
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-210

About this book


This book examines the crucial role that sound file selection plays in assessing listening ability and introduces the reader to the procedure of textmapping, which explores how to exploit a sound file. The book discusses the role of the task identifier, the task instructions and the example, and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of different test methods. Guidelines for developing listening items, and procedures that can be used in peer review and task revision are also provided. A range of sample listening tasks illustrates the benefits of following the test development approach described in the book. Developing Listening Tests also provides insights into the advantages that field trials, statistical analyses and standard setting can offer the language test developer in determining how well their tasks work. This practical book will be of interest to researchers, language testers, testing commissions, and teachers engaged in assessing listening performance around the world.


Listening tasks Textmapping Statistics Language testing Sound files applied linguistics assessment design education language linguistics teaching

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-45715-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-68771-8
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