Using the first season of the tv show The Big Bang Bang Theory, this bundle includes seven listening comprehensions. Each evaluation is on 40 except for the first episode which is on 50.
You will see The Big Bang Theory is a favorite with teenagers!!! My students love it and even more, they continue watching the show after we are done with our unit.
This bundle is an excellent tool to help students improve their listening skills. Each evaluation is progressively harder.
You can also create an entire unit from this bundle by having students use the transcripts of the last episodes of the first season and re-enacting the episodes.
NOTE: I created the evaluation for the first episode for a more advanced group and this first evaluation is more difficult than the following ones.
The remaining pages of the bundle are for the episodes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 of the first season. They contain sections about identifying the characters, completing the dialogues, answering questions and placing events in order.
I use the odd episodes as practices and not evaluations.
notes from my past experiences and my applied linguistics studies if this evaluation is intended for ESL/EFL learners:
* Linguistics and language acquisition studies show that active listening, such as completing a listening comprehension evaluation, benefits ESL learners much more than passive listening. It gives their listening a purpose and focuses students on trying to figure out the words and meaning.
* According to language learning studies, the use of authentic material (meant for first language) provides more benefits than adapted material.
* If possible, do not use subtitles when presenting a TV show or movie. My experience has shown me that students focus too much on reading the subtitles instead of trying to listen for understanding. Students may feel overwhelmed the first time but they will gain in confidence over time.
* If there is a possibility, try to have each student watch and answer the listening comprehension individually. Provide them with a time frame as to when they must have completed the evaluation and returned it to the teacher. This way you are certain to evaluate their listening skills and not their abilities to listen and write all at once. It also helps students with learning difficulties.