Challenges in Using Audio Recordings for Large-scale Listening Comprehension Examinations

Challenges in Using Audio Recordings for Large-scale Listening Comprehension Examinations

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Challenges in Using Audio Recordings for Large-scale Listening Comprehension Examinations

Being a multi-cultural society, Singapore has a bilingual policy where students are required to learn English language as the first language and their own Mother Tongue Language (MTL) to as high a level as possible. A recent review by the Ministry of Education suggeststhe need to give greater focus on oral and listening skills in the learning of the MTL.Consequently, Oral and Listening skills are given greater importance in the MTL curriculum and examinations.Each year, about 40,000 Grade 6 pupils sit a Listening Comprehension examination in the MTLs as well as in English Language. In these examinations, pupils listen to several audio recordings of passages before responding to a multiple-choice test. A key challenge for SEAB is to check each of about 2000 audio recordings. Checking each recording can take up to 40 minutes and therefore, the whole process can be very time consuming besides requiring ,a good number of staff involved.

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