Chapter 1: What is involved in assessing listening?.- Chapter 2: How can test specifications help?.- Chapter 3: How do we exploit sound files?.- Chapter 4: How do we develop a listening task?.- Chapter 5: What makes a good listening task?.- Chapter 6: How do we know our listening tasks work?.- Chapter 7: How do we report scores and set pass marks?.
"Rita Green has spent many years at the coalface of language test development and training in a variety of international contexts; this book is the sum of this experience. This book is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to develop listening tests: a highly practical, theoretically-grounded guide for teachers and practitioners everywhere. Green covers a range of important principles and approaches; one highlight is the introduction to the "textmapping" approach to working with sound files. This book is highly recommended for anyone involved in the development of listening tests." (Luke Harding, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK) "As she did in Statistical Analyses for Language Testers, Green combines her extensive experience as a language assessor with her outstanding skills as an educator in creating this authoritative introduction to listening assessment. The engaging, easy-to-follow style of DLT and the richness of practical advice and detailed, worked-through examples make this an invaluable handbook for anyone engaged in the design, validation, and implementation of listening tests." (Jeffrey Steele, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada) "This book focuses on how to design valid and reliable listening assessment tasks in a (foreign) language and is the result of the Rita Green's extensive expertise in the field of language assessment. Through DLT, language test developers, language teachers, BA and MA pre-service and in-service students of language education and applied linguistics as well as university assessment experts are provided with not only evidence-based research findings, but also practical solutions which can be applied to assessing listening skills." (Dr. Karmen Pizorn, Associate Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Rita Green is a Visiting Teaching Fellow and Course Director of Language Testing at Lancaster University, UK. She is an expert in the field of language testing and has trained test development teams in numerous projects around the world including those in the fields of education, diplomacy, air traffic control and the military.