Study Guide

Field 121: French CST
Interpretive Listening

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Directions for Interpretive Listening Selected-Response Questions

For the Interpretive Listening section of the test, you will listen to audio recordings containing spoken messages in the target language and answer selected-response questions written in the target language based on each message.

For each audio recording, a preview of the test questions associated with the spoken message will be presented on the screen. The audio recording will begin playing automatically. Once the audio recording begins, you will not be able to pause, stop, or replay it.

There will be 90 seconds of silence at the beginning of each audio recording. During these 90 seconds, you should familiarize yourself with the test questions. You may need to scroll down to preview all the questions. You will not be able to select your response choices during this preview.

After the 90 seconds of silence, you will hear a spoken message. Listen carefully. Each spoken message will be played twice. After the spoken message has played twice, move to the next screen to begin answering the questions.

Note that in this section of the test, you can go back to previous screens to review or change your responses to questions. However, you will NOT be able to replay the audio recordings.

Please be aware that the visual enhancements Example of the Color Scheme visual enhancement control and Example of the Font Size visual enhancement control cannot be adjusted during the Interpretive Listening section of the test. You must make any desired adjustments now before you select "Next" to begin the Interpretive Listening section. You will not be able to adjust these features again until you have completed this section of the test.

Click the Next button when you have finished reading these directions and are ready to begin the Interpretive Listening section of the test. Once you advance to the next screen, the first audio recording will start automatically with 90 seconds of silence.

Be sure you have your headset on before proceeding.

Select the Next button to continue.

Sample Interpretive Listening Selected-Response Questions

Competency 0001
Interpretive Listening

[The examinee will see on screen ONLY the following directions:]

The 90 seconds of silence has begun. Below is a preview of the questions related to the recording. Use this period of silence to familiarize yourself with the questions before the spoken message begins.

[Preview versions of the 5 questions appear on the actual test.]

Listen carefully to the dialogue about Lascaux; then answer the questions. You will hear the dialogue twice.

[The examinee will hear the audio recording below, which includes a 90-second pause at the beginning:]

Having trouble with the audio player? Right-click and download the .mp3.

[The passage shown below is the transcript used to make the audio recording on the actual test. It is shown here for study purposes only. The examinee will not see transcripts that accompany audio recordings on the actual test.]

Male: Salut Clarisse, tu as passé de bonnes vacances ?

Female: Salut Guillaume, oui, tu sais que je suis allée en Dordogne ?

Male: Bien sûr, souviens-toi, tu m'as envoyé une photo de Lascaux !

Female: Ah oui, c'est vrai. Ah, Lascaux, c'était encore mieux que je ne l'espérais.

Male: Vraiment ? Raconte !

Female: Eh bien évidemment, les fresques sont époustouflantes, les couleurs surtout, qui sont encore plus belles que sur les photos.

Male: Et le fait que tu as visité une reproduction de la véritable grotte, ça n'a pas un peu gâché ton expérience ?

Female: Pas du tout, c'est vraiment bien fait, le site est très émouvant. Il faut dire aussi que nous avions une guide du tonnerre.

Male: Vous a-t-elle dit qu'on a récemment découvert que les peintres de ces fresques étaient des femmes ?

Female: Oui, quelle surprise, n'est-ce pas ? Tout le monde pensait que les peintres étaient des hommes puisque les fresques sont en général des scènes de chasse.

Male: J'ai lu que les femmes de la préhistoire rapportaient au camp les proies tuées par les chasseurs.

Female: Bizarre. Mais ça expliquerait pourquoi la chasse les intéressait autant, je suppose.

Male: Mais comment peut-on savoir que les peintres étaient des femmes ?

Female: Il y a souvent des empreintes de mains sur les fresques et un scientifique a remarqué que ce sont à 75 % du temps des mains de femme.

Male: Et qu'est-ce qui prouve que ce sont des mains de femme ?

Female: Il paraît que les hommes ont l'annulaire plus grand que l'index, alors que chez les femmes ces deux doigts ont la même taille.

Male: Oh, ça me semble un peu tiré par les cheveux, cette histoire. Et puis comment sait-on que les mains sont celles de l'artiste ?

Female: Je n'ai pas demandé. Peut-être que c'est une signature universelle ?

Male: Je ne suis pas du tout convaincu.

Female: On verra bien si cette théorie tient la route. Moi, je trouve ça plutôt sympa d'imaginer mes archi-arrières-grand-mères en peintres muralistes !

Now you will hear the dialogue again.

[The examinee will hear the dialogue again.]

Now answer the questions.

[The examinee will see on screen ONLY:]
Click "Next" when the recording ends to answer the questions.

[Each of the following 5 screens on the actual test will present a single item for the examinee to answer.]

1. Qu'est-ce que Clarisse a particulièrement apprécié pendant sa visite de la grotte ?

  1. les couleurs
  2. les photos
  3. les reproductions
  4. les chasseurs
Answer
Correct Response: A. This question requires examinees to identify explicit and relevant information in a spoken message. When Clarisse comments on her visit to the Lascaux cave, she describes the beauty of the frescoes as breathtaking ("époustouflantes"), adding that she is particularly struck by their vivid colors ("les couleurs surtout").

2. Quelle est la signification de l'expression « tiré par les cheveux » ?

  1. tragique
  2. romantique
  3. intéressant
  4. douteux
Answer
Correct Response: D. This question requires examinees to determine the meaning and nuances of words and phrases as they are used in spoken messages, including commonly used idiomatic expressions, figurative language, and common colloquial and culturally authentic expressions. The expression "tiré par les cheveux" means "farfetched." It is used by the male speaker when he expresses doubts about the evidence that supports the theory that the artists who painted the frescoes were women.

3. Comment Guillaume savait-il que Clarisse était allée en Dordogne ?

  1. Il a rencontré Clarisse pendant qu'il était en visite à Lascaux
  2. Il a reçu une photo de Clarisse pendant qu'elle était en vacances.
  3. Clarisse lui a raconté ses vacances quand elle est rentrée.
  4. Clarisse lui a dit qu'elle avait rendu visite à une amie en Dordogne.
Answer
Correct Response: B. This question requires examinees to make inferences or draw conclusions based on the context, situation, and information given in a spoken message. When Clarisse asks Guillaume if he knew that she went to Dordogne, Guillaume reminds Clarisse that she did send him a photograph from Lascaux meaning that he knows she went to Dordogne since this is where Lascaux is located.

4. Qu'est-ce qui pourrait gâcher la visite des grottes, selon Guillaume ?

  1. Les fresques sont beaucoup plus belles en photo.
  2. Les fresques représentent surtout des scènes de chasse.
  3. Le site est une reproduction du véritable site.
  4. La guide qui accompagne les visiteurs est inintéressante.
Answer
Correct Response: C. This question requires examinees to determine an assumption, an intent, a perspective, or a point of view by analyzing the communicative strategies and social and cultural contexts of a spoken message. By calling attention to the fact that the cave is merely a reproduction of the original, and asking Clarisse whether this fact might have somewhat spoiled her visit ("ça n'a pas un peu gâché ton expérience ?"), Guillaume is expressing his point of view that he would prefer to see the original caves. The knowledge that he is not seeing the real thing might spoil his experience.

5. Qu'est-ce qui soutient la théorie que les fresques auraient été peintes par des femmes ?

  1. Les scènes dépeignent des tâches qui étaient accomplies par des femmes.
  2. Les signatures découvertes ont enfin révélé que les artistes étaient des femmes.
  3. La majorité des personnages représentés dans les scènes sont des femmes.
  4. Le détail des empreintes de mains indique que ce sont des mains de femmes.
Answer
Correct Response: D. This question requires examinees to determine the ways in which a speaker's point of view or perspectives are influenced by the cultural perspectives that underlie the cultural products and practices of the target country or countries, including the arts, architecture, historical events, science, influential individuals, or the political, economic, social, intellectual, or geographic contexts of the target language and culture(s). The theory that the authors of the cave paintings were likely women is being discussed between the speakers. This theory is supported by the hypothesis that the hands that are printed on the frescoes are women's hands because if they were men's hands, the length of certain fingers compared to other fingers of the hand would be different.