Monday, November 15, 2021

Picture A/Picture B Listening Assessment

Who says that assessments must be long?!! Here is a very low-key, very quick listening comprehension assessment which I learned this past summer from Martina Bex and Elicia Cardenas while working as a coach for their Acquisition Boot Camp (ABC), and it is very simple for you as the teacher to administer. Simply, you either project two pictures onto a screen or put them on a piece of paper - these pictures are labeled A and B. You read a target sentence aloud, and you ask students to determine if the sentence is describing picture A or picture B. As a teacher, however, it requires a bit of prep work.


  1. Taking a story which you have been going over in class, select 7-10 sentences. If it is from a movie talk, you could use screen shots.
  2. Illustrate those sentences. 
  3. Scan them (or use a web app drawing tool) or illustrate them onto the assessment paper.
  4. Place the scanned pictures in pairs onto Google Slides for projection or onto a document. 
  5. Label one picture "A" and the other picture "B"
  6. For each pair, determine which sentence you read will read in order to match up with the correct picture.

  1. Explain to students that you are going to read aloud a sentence from the story, and their job is to determine if the sentence being read is Picture A or Picture B. I project the pictures on Google Slides and have students on a sheet of paper number 1-10ish, and they simply answer A or B.
  2. Read the sentence a couple times slowly and then move onto the next set of pictures.
  1. Oh my gosh, why did I not learn about this assessment earlier?? It is so easy and quick to administer (although it takes some type to prepare it) - it took less then five minutes to administer. Students simply had to write down either A or B on their paper. If the pictures are on a sheet of paper for them, they simply have to mark the picture being described.
  2. I used this as a formative assessment and not as a summative assessment. 
  3. These were incredibly easy to grade too, because I was simply looking for either the letters A or B as the answer.
  4. Students liked this assessment, because it was fast and easy for them to complete.
  5. When picking pairs of pictures, select pairs which require a close listening and inspection of the pictures. In the example above, each of the pictures involved the phrase "duo comites (two comrades)" so students had to listen carefully to the rest of the sentence to determine what distinguished the two pictures. In other words, I could not have one picture have two people in them and the other picture being of a dog, because when students heard the phrase "duo comites," immediately they would know which picture it was and would not listen to the rest of the sentence. 
  6. The picture being described needs to be OBVIOUS for students.

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