Rethinking the Second Language Listening Test - From Theory to Practice - John Field

Rethinking the Second Language Listening Test - From Theory to Practice - John Field

9. Special Cases

Rethinking the Second Language Listening Test - From Theory to Practice - John Field

John Field [+-]
University of Bedfordshire
John Field is Reader in Cognitive Approaches to Language Learning at the CRELLA Research Institute, University of Bedfordshire. He previously taught at the University of Reading, UK. He has a long-term interest in second language listening, on which he has written and researched widely; his Listening in the Language Classroom (CUP, 2008) has become a standard work in the field. His thinking is very much formed by his background in psycholinguistics, on which he has published a reference work. He has given consultancy advice on the testing of listening to several international test providers; and has fostered a new area of study evaluating the extent to which tests of second language skills elicit the kind of processes that candidates use in the real world. Recent research projects include advising on listening standards in Rwandan schools and investigating the effects of double play upon scores and candidate behaviour in listening tests. In an earlier life, John was an ELT teacher trainer, schools inspector and materials writer. Besides listening materials, he wrote national coursebooks for Saudi Arabia, radio programmes for the BBC World Service and TV programmes for the Open University of China.

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Chapter 9 examines two types of test taker whose listening needs are distinct from those of the general listener. It first considers the nature of academic listening and the ways in which it can be adequately represented in the content and formats of a test. It then discusses how much can be expected of the L2 listening behaviour of young learners.

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Field, John. 9. Special Cases. Rethinking the Second Language Listening Test - From Theory to Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 99-111 Mar 2019. ISBN 9781781797150. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34792. Date accessed: 17 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34792. Mar 2019

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