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Field 125: Italian 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 winter vacations; 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.]

Female: Ciao Paolo, come stai?

Male: Ciao Marina, sto bene, e tu?

Female: Abbastanza bene, però è sempre la stessa cosa, devo finire quest'articolo oggi per l'edizione di domani e mi mancano delle informazioni.  Siccome non c'è nessuno che può aiutarmi, dovrò rimanere a lavoro fino a tardi.

Male:   Mi dispiace, ti aiuterei volentieri però devo consegnare il mio articolo anch'io perchè, fra poco, devo prendere i bambini a scuola.  Patrizia è andata a Milano per il suo lavoro.  Senti, facciamo una piccola pausa, ti offro io il caffè.

Female: Veramente, non dovrei, ma lo faccio con piacere, grazie!

Male: Allora, hai in mente qualcosa di speciale per le vacanze di Natale?

Female: Mio marito vuole andare a sciare sulle Dolomiti con i ragazzi.  Io preferirei andare al mare, dove fa più caldo, però ci siamo andati l'anno scorso, quindi, quest'anno facciamo quello che vuole lui...

Male: E ai ragazzi piace lo sci?

Female: Fanno lo snowboard anche se in realtà credo che preferiscano rimanere a casa e giocare con i loro videogiochi!  E voi, cosa fate di bello per le vacanze?

Male: Mi piacerebbe tanto andare in montagna per una settimana.  Firenze è un po' triste d'inverno.  Però abbiamo appena comprato l'appartamento e non abbiamo soldi per viaggiare.

Female: A dire la verità, il vostro appartamento è un gioiello, nel centro della città, vicino a tutti i musei, i ristoranti, e anche a due passi dal lavoro!

Male: Sì, è un vero piacere poter andare in ufficio a piedi tutti i giorni.

Female: Ho sentito che quest'anno ci sarà una festa per i ragazzi, una specie di "inverno musicale" nel mese di gennaio mi sembra.  Invitano delle bande perfino da Napoli, sarà un evento spettacolare sul ghiaccio e con i fuochi d'artificio!

Male: Davvero!?  Potrebbe essere interessante.  Sarebbe bello se potessimo unire le forze e mandare i tuoi insieme con i miei.  E dove si farà?

Female: Alla Fortezza, credo.

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. Il fatto che Paolo offre un caffè a Marina suggerisce che lui:

  1. abbia bisogno di qualcosa da bere per svegliarsi.
  2. desideri portare Marina ad uno dei suoi bar preferiti.
  3. voglia discutere del lavoro di Marina durante la pausa.
  4. stia esagerando un po' sulla sua situazione attuale.
Answer
Correct Response: D. 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. When he hears how busy Marina is, Paolo says that he, too, is under pressure to meet a deadline while having to take care of his children during his wife's absence. In spite of such urgent demands, Paolo can afford to take a coffee break with Marina, suggesting that he may be exaggerating his hardships.

Correct Response: D. 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. When he hears how busy Marina is, Paolo says that he, too, is under pressure to meet a deadline while having to take care of his children during his wife's absence. In spite of such urgent demands, Paolo can afford to take a coffee break with Marina, suggesting that he may be exaggerating his hardships.


2. Dalla discussione tra Marina e Paolo sulle vacanze, è chiaro che:

  1. Marina preferisce passare le vacanze invernali in un clima dolce.
  2. il marito di Marina preferisce prendere decisioni da solo.
  3. Marina e suo marito ritornano negli stessi posti di villeggiatura ogni anno.
  4. lo sci è un'attività che piace tanto a Marina.
Answer
Correct Response: A. This question requires examinees to identify explicit and relevant information in a spoken message. In the middle of the dialogue, Paolo asks what Marina is planning to do for the Christmas holiday: "Allora, hai in mente qualcosa di speciale per le vacanze di Natale?" Marina indicates that she would like to go to the beach, where it is warm, but that her husband wants to go skiing: "Mio marito vuole andare a sciare sulle Dolomiti con i ragazzi. Io preferirei andare al mare, dove fa più caldo, però ci siamo andati l'anno scorso, quindi, quest'anno facciamo quello che vuole lui."

Correct Response: A. This question requires examinees to identify explicit and relevant information in a spoken message. In the middle of the dialogue, Paolo asks what Marina is planning to do for the Christmas holiday: "Allora, hai in mente qualcosa di speciale per le vacanze di Natale?" Marina indicates that she would like to go to the beach, where it is warm, but that her husband wants to go skiing: "Mio marito vuole andare a sciare sulle Dolomiti con i ragazzi. Io preferirei andare al mare, dove fa più caldo, però ci siamo andati l'anno scorso, quindi, quest'anno facciamo quello che vuole lui."


3. Dalle diverse opinioni espresse sulle attività dei ragazzi, si può concludere che Marina:

  1. crede che la tecnologia sia essenziale al successo dei ragazzi.
  2. vede l'attività fisica come un elemento importante nella vita dei figli.
  3. dà molta importanza alla musica classica nella formazione dei figli.
  4. vede Firenze come un museo vivente e fonte intellettuale per i ragazzi.
Answer
Correct Response: B. 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). While Marina is partial to the cultural richness of urban Florence, coveting the advantages of living downtown like Paolo, she is planning to go to the mountains to enjoy winter sports with her family. She is obviously doing this more for the sake of her family than for herself (she prefers a milder climate). However, she knows that if she does not plan an outdoor vacation, her children will choose to stay inside at home and play videogames.

Correct Response: B. 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). While Marina is partial to the cultural richness of urban Florence, coveting the advantages of living downtown like Paolo, she is planning to go to the mountains to enjoy winter sports with her family. She is obviously doing this more for the sake of her family than for herself (she prefers a milder climate). However, she knows that if she does not plan an outdoor vacation, her children will choose to stay inside at home and play videogames.


4. Possiamo dedurre dai commenti di Paolo e Marina che il nuovo appartamento di Paolo:

  1. è circondato da rumore e dai turisti poiché è in centro.
  2. piace a Marina per le diverse attività che ci sono vicino.
  3. crea dei dubbi a Paolo, data la tristezza invernale del centro città.
  4. piace così tanto a Paolo, che preferisce stare in città per le vacanze.
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. In the second half of the dialogue, Paolo's new apartment appeals to Marina very much on account of its close proximity to various activities: "A dire la verità, il vostro appartamento è un gioiello, nel centro della città, vicino a tutti i musei, i ristoranti, e anche a due passi dal lavoro!"

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. In the second half of the dialogue, Paolo's new apartment appeals to Marina very much on account of its close proximity to various activities: "A dire la verità, il vostro appartamento è un gioiello, nel centro della città, vicino a tutti i musei, i ristoranti, e anche a due passi dal lavoro!"


5. L'espressione, "Sarebbe bello se potessimo unire le forze . . ." esprime la possibiltà che un avvenimento possa verificarsi.  Quale struttura, invece, rappresenta correttamente il rimpianto per quello che non è successo l'anno scorso?

  1. Sarebbe stato bello se avremmo potuto unire le forze.
  2. Fu bello se potemmo unire le forze un anno fa.
  3. Sarà stato bello se avremo potuto unire le forze.
  4. Sarebbe stato bello se avessimo potuto unire le forze.
Answer
Correct Response: D. This question requires examinees to demonstrate knowledge of the form and use of a variety of linguistic structures in the target language, including how these linguistic structures are used to achieve particular effects in a spoken message. In the expression "Sarebbe bello se potessimo unire le forze" ("It would be nice if we could join forces"), the verb essere, conjugated in the 3rd person singular of the present conditional ("sarebbe"), implies a hypothetical circumstance. The verb potere in the 1st person plural of the imperfect subjunctive, following the conjunction "se" ("se potessimo"), implies that the hypothetical event could occur in the future. In the expression "Sarebbe stato bello se avessimo potuto unire le forze" ("It would have been nice if we could have joined forces"), the verb essere conjugated in the 3rd person singular of the perfect conditional ("sarebbe stato") indicates a hypothetical circumstance that could have materialized, but did not. The conjunction "se" followed by the verb potere in the first person plural of the past perfect subjunctive ("se avessimo potuto") suggests a hypothetical event that did not occur but that could have.

Correct Response: D. This question requires examinees to demonstrate knowledge of the form and use of a variety of linguistic structures in the target language, including how these linguistic structures are used to achieve particular effects in a spoken message. In the expression "Sarebbe bello se potessimo unire le forze" ("It would be nice if we could join forces"), the verb essere, conjugated in the 3rd person singular of the present conditional ("sarebbe"), implies a hypothetical circumstance. The verb potere in the 1st person plural of the imperfect subjunctive, following the conjunction "se" ("se potessimo"), implies that the hypothetical event could occur in the future. In the expression "Sarebbe stato bello se avessimo potuto unire le forze" ("It would have been nice if we could have joined forces"), the verb essere conjugated in the 3rd person singular of the perfect conditional ("sarebbe stato") indicates a hypothetical circumstance that could have materialized, but did not. The conjunction "se" followed by the verb potere in the first person plural of the past perfect subjunctive ("se avessimo potuto") suggests a hypothetical event that did not occur but that could have.