The Developing Tactics for Listening Test Booklet is
designed for unit-by-unit evaluation of students’
mastery of the Student Book. (Midterm and final
tests are available separately in Developing Tactics
for Listening Teacher’s Book.) The tests may be given
in a language laboratory or in a regular classroom
with a CD player, and they are easily administered
to large or small groups of students. Teachers may
use the tests to assign grades or to identify areas in
which students need additional assistance.
This test package includes photocopiable student
test sheets, an answer key, and tapescripts of the
tests. A CD on the inside back cover of the Test
Booklet contains the recordings needed to
administer the tests.
The test items are based on the listening activities
presented in the Student Book. To assess students’
speaking ability, teachers may use the interviews,
role plays, and other speaking activities in the Over
to You sections of the Student Book.
Each unit test is divided into two sections and is
worth a total of 10 points. This format was chosen
to make it easier for teachers of large classes to
administer and score their students’ tests.
The tests can be adapted according to the needs of
the teacher and students. Teachers may wish to use
only certain sections of a test because of time
constraints. It may also be appropriate in some
cases to play one part of a test twice, depending on
the students’ level and the intended use of the test
Each unit test is about five minutes long. Actual
administration time, including set-up and
collection of materials at the end of the test, may
run ten minutes longer.
Giving the Test
Before the students arrive, teachers should
photocopy test sheets for themselves and all of
their students. When the class has started, teachers
distribute the test sheets and have the students
write their names and the date on them. Teachers
then read aloud the instructions for the first section
and play the CD. (They may wish to play each
recording twice.) Before playing the second section,
teachers should go over the instructions and make
sure students understand them.
When the test is finished, teachers collect the test
sheets from the class. They should check to make
sure they receive one test sheet from each student
and that each test sheet has the correct name
written on it.
Space is provided at the end of each section to
write the students’ scores for that section. In
addition, space is provided at the top of the test
sheet to write the students’ total scores. A scale of
10 points is used to make it easy to convert the
scores to grades.
Teachers may wish to go over the test in class so
that students can see their errors and review any
difficult areas. The test results can help teachers
determine where additional practice is needed.
When assigning grades, it is most beneficial to use
the test results in conjunction with other types of
assessment, such as the speaking activities in the
Over to You sections of the Student Book. A wide
variety of assessments will give teachers a fuller
picture of their students’ skills and strengths.