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Field 126: Japanese 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 visiting Kyoto; 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:

Female:

Male:

Female:

Male:

Female:

Male:

Female:

Male:

Female:

Male:

Female:

Male:

Female:

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. なぜ、男性は女性に話しかけましたか。

  1. 京都への旅行に誘いたかったから。
  2. 京都の土産話をしたかったから。
  3. 京都についてアドバイスが欲しかったから。
  4. 京都と東京の習慣の違いについて聞きたかったから。
Answer
Correct Response: C. This question requires examinees to identify explicit and relevant information in a spoken message. In the dialogue, the male speaker confirms that the female speaker is from Kyoto when he says "I remember that once you, Ms. Sato, said you are from Kyoto." ), and then he goes on to ask her for advice for his upcoming trip to Kyoto (

Correct Response: C. This question requires examinees to identify explicit and relevant information in a spoken message. In the dialogue, the male speaker confirms that the female speaker is from Kyoto when he says "I remember that once you, Ms. Sato, said you are from Kyoto." (以前、佐藤さんは、京都のご出身だとおっしゃっていたように記憶しているのですが), and then he goes on to ask her for advice for his upcoming trip to Kyoto (今年の夏の休暇に、一週間ぐらい京都に旅行をしたいと考えているのですが and 京都について、何かお勧めの情報があったら教えていただけないでしょうか).


2. この二人は、どんな関係ですか。

  1. 恋人同士
  2. 大学時代の友人
  3. 会社の同期
  4. 会社の上司と部下
Answer
Correct Response: D. This question requires examinees to demonstrate understanding of the use of register and sociolinguistic conventions in a variety of situations and contexts. In the dialogue, the honorific expressions (e.g., ) were used by the male speaker to address the female speaker. Therefore, the female speaker is most likely holding a higher position than the male speaker in the company.

Correct Response: D. This question requires examinees to demonstrate understanding of the use of register and sociolinguistic conventions in a variety of situations and contexts. In the dialogue, the honorific expressions (e.g., ご相談したい; おっしゃっていたように; 教えていただけないでしょうか; お聞きしたい) were used by the male speaker to address the female speaker. Therefore, the female speaker is most likely holding a higher position than the male speaker in the company.


3. 女性によると、京都に行ったら絶対にすべきことは何ですか。

  1. 有名な神社やお寺を訪れる。
  2. バスで近くの町を観光する。
  3. 京都の名物料理を食べる。
  4. 京都名物のみやげを買う。
Answer
Correct Response: A. This question requires examinees to demonstrate the ability to discern and summarize a speaker's key ideas in a spoken message and evaluate the speaker's use of reasoning and evidence in presenting these ideas. In the dialogue, the female speaker is listing famous temples in details emphasizing their importance when providing advice to the male speaker about what he must see in Kyoto ( and ).

Correct Response: A. This question requires examinees to demonstrate the ability to discern and summarize a speaker's key ideas in a spoken message and evaluate the speaker's use of reasoning and evidence in presenting these ideas. In the dialogue, the female speaker is listing famous temples in details emphasizing their importance when providing advice to the male speaker about what he must see in Kyoto (京都と言えば、やっぱり、神社やお寺めぐりをしないわけにはいかないでしょう and 京都の象徴とも言われている五重の塔がある東寺、石庭で有名な龍安寺、「清水の舞台」から京都市街が一望できる清水寺など、色々あるけど).


4. 女性は、金閣寺と銀閣寺についてどんな意見を持っていますか。

  1. 金閣寺は京都の象徴だと言える。
  2. 金閣寺の方が派手で好きだ。
  3. 銀閣寺は観光客に一番人気がある。
  4. 銀閣寺の方が落ち着いていて好きだ。
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). In the dialogue, the female speaker mentions the different features of important temples in Kyoto. She then explains why she prefers Ginkakuji ( Her perspective is clearly based on the Japanese traditional culture of wabi-sabi (), the representation of the comprehensive Japanese world view.

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). In the dialogue, the female speaker mentions the different features of important temples in Kyoto. She then explains why she prefers Ginkakuji (観光客に一番人気があるお寺は黄金に輝く金閣寺らしいけど、私は銀閣寺の方が好きだな。金閣寺ほど派手ではないけど、地味で落ち着いた雰囲気のあるお寺で). Her perspective is clearly based on the Japanese traditional culture of wabi-sabi (「わびさび」を感じさせてくれますよ), the representation of the comprehensive Japanese world view.


5. 女性は、どうしてバスを利用することを勧めましたか。

  1. 一番安いから。
  2. 一番便利だから。
  3. 一番分かりやすいから。
  4. 一番楽しいから。
Answer
Correct Response: B. This question requires examinees to demonstrate the ability to discern and summarize a speaker's key ideas in a spoken message and evaluate the speaker's use of reasoning and evidence in presenting these ideas. In the dialogue, the female speaker is clearly making an effort to provide helpful advice for the male speaker so he can make the most out of his visit. She explains to him how streets are conveniently structured for buses in Kyoto and tells him about the one-day pass for buses for easy travel ().

Correct Response: B. This question requires examinees to demonstrate the ability to discern and summarize a speaker's key ideas in a spoken message and evaluate the speaker's use of reasoning and evidence in presenting these ideas. In the dialogue, the female speaker is clearly making an effort to provide helpful advice for the male speaker so he can make the most out of his visit. She explains to him how streets are conveniently structured for buses in Kyoto and tells him about the one-day pass for buses for easy travel (京都市内を旅行するには、バスを利用するのが一番便利ですよ。京都は碁盤の目のように道路が走っているので、大抵の所にはバスで行けるし、一日乗り放題のパスもあるんです).