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Contents of this blog:

● Objective of the TEF Canada Listening module
● Skills required for the TEF Canada Listening test
● Exam Pattern of the TEF Canada Listening test
● Evaluation of the TEF Canada Listening Test
● Tips for performing better in the TEF Canada Listening exam
● Section-wise presentation and tips for the TEF Canada Listening test
● Preparation resources for the TEF Canada Listening Test

The listening test (compréhension orale) is a compulsory module in the TEF Canada exam.

OBJECTIVE OF THE TEF CANADA LISTENING MODULE:

● To understand spoken French in daily-life situations, formal as well as informal, in radio broadcasts, public announcements, on a variety of concrete or abstract subjects
● Differentiating between similar sounds/ pronunciations in French

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE TEF CANADA LISTENING MODULE:

● Recognizing common formal and informal expressions (in telephone discussions, dialogues, interviews, announcements, etc.)
● Understanding general or detailed information
● Understanding dialogues and speeches on concrete or abstract subjects
● Understanding speech and dialogue at a fluent rate
● Recognizing and differentiating similar sounds

EXAM PATTERN OF THE TEF CANADA LISTENING MODULE

(La structure de la compréhension orale du TEF Canada)

Duration: 40 minutes
● 4 sections- Increasing difficulty level from A1 to C2
Question type: 60 MCQ-type questions to answer
● 4 options in each question, each question has only one correct response.
● 10- 15 seconds are given to read the questions and options. Then the audio is played.
● 10- 15 seconds are given to mark your answer.
● Shorter audios are played once.
● Shorter audios have 1 or 2 questions.
● Longer audios are usually played twice.
● Longer audios have 3 or 4 questions.

● The candidate cannot go back and forth in the question/ audio.
● There is no negative marking.
● A panel on the top of the screen indicates the candidate’s progress.
● Headphones are provided
● Pen and paper for writing keywords may or may not be provided in some exam centers.

EVALUATION OF THE TEF CANADA LISTENING TEST

(L’évaluation de la compréhension orale du TEF Canada)

A correct answer is awarded one point, and a wrong or no answer is awarded 0 points. There is no negative marking throughout the test. The score ranges from 0 to 699.

TIPS TO PERFORM BETTER IN THE TEF CANADA LISTENING TEST

(Des astuces pour mieux performer dans la compréhension orale du TEF Canada)

● Regularly practice listening to a variety of audio, music, podcasts, and news in French to increase your comfort with different French accents and to increase your knowledge about a variety of topics.

● Get acquainted with the listening test format in detail. Practice solving several sample papers available in books and online.
● During the 10- 15-second pause, mark your answers as quickly as possible, and do not wait till 10 or 12 seconds, or else you might miss the question altogether.
● If you aren’t sure of the answer, make sure to mark at least something for each question, because there is no negative marking.
● Stay mentally strong. If you happen to miss the answer to a question or are not sure about what you have marked, do not think or obsess about it and just move ahead with
focus because you have no time to regret or celebrate while the listening test is ongoing.
● Stay very focused despite all kinds of distractions that may be present around you. Tell yourself that it is now or never.
● Use the elimination technique for options if you aren’t sure of the answer.
● In case of technical issues during the test, inform the invigilator.

SECTION- WISE TIPS FOR THE TEF CANADA LISTENING TEST

(Des astuces pour chaque section de la compréhension orale du TEF Canada)

Section- A: Presentation and Tips

● Each audio is played only once.
Objective: To link the pictures to audio.
● Type of audio documents: Dialogues/ Monologues giving a description
● Levels: 1, 3
Tips: Ask yourself the following questions:
1. What does the image represent?
2. Who are the characters?- Age, Profession, Facial expressions
3. What are the objects in the image? Of what type?- Furniture, Clothing, Stationery, Professional
4. Are there any animals? Which ones?
5. Where is it located? Indoors? Outdoors?
6. Is it a formal or informal situation? Is there the use of the pronoun “Tu” or “Vous”
7. What kind of intonation is there in the voice of the speaker(s)?
8. Who is/ are speaking- Men, Women, Children, a couple, family members, a seller, etc.
Please pay attention to the fact that most of the time there is one extra image than the number of audios attached, and this image has no answer.

Section- B: Presentation and Tips

● Each audio is played only once.
Objective: To identify the speaker’s intention in a small-length audio.

● Type of audio documents: Voicemail messages, Public announcements, Short extracts from radio
● Levels: 0+, 1, 2, 3, 4
Tips: Ask yourself the following questions:

1. For Voicemail Messages-
● Is it a formal or informal situation? Is there the use of the pronoun “Tu” or “Vous”
● What type of greetings are used?
● Who is speaking?- Man, Woman, Child, professional, etc.
● Who is the message for?
● Why is the person calling?- To ask/ give information, a service, an agreement, a date, an appointment, an outing, etc.
2. For Public Announcements-

● To whom is it addressed?
● What is the theme of the announcement?
3. Radio Extracts-
● What is the theme of the extract?- Weather report,
Sports/ Film release etc.
● Under what headline does it fall?- Fait divers, Culture,
Weather Reports, Horoscope, Politics, Economy, Society, etc.
● Are there any clues about the location and time?

Section- C: Presentation & Tips

● Some audios are played twice, and others are played only once. This is mentioned in each question.
Objective: To identify the expressed sentiments/ feelings/ opinions of the speaker(s) in audio; To recognize the ideas of principal as well as secondary importance in long messages.
● Type of audio documents: Surveys, Radio Interviews
● Levels: 4, 5, 6
Tips: Ask yourself the following questions:
1. For Surveys-
● What category does this fall under?- Education, Money, Work, Vacation, etc.
● What are the very first words when the person starts to answer a question?
● What is the tone of the person’s voice?- Hesitant, Categorical, etc.
2. For Radio Interviews-
● After listening to the audio the first time, can I answer the following questions?: Who is speaking? About what? To whom?
● Have I been able to spot the questions asked and the answers given in the audio?
● After listening to the audio the second time, could I note down the keywords and lines from the answers of the interview?

● Can I identify the sentiments and opinions of the interviewee?

Section- D: Presentation & Tips

● Each audio is played only once.
Objective: To recognize and identify the sounds.
● Type of audio documents: Small extracted sentences from random conversations.
● Levels: 1, 2, 3
Tips:
1. For this section, the candidate must be good at French pronunciation and understanding natives.
2. The candidate must notice the tone of the speaker’s voice.

TEF CANADA LISTENING MODULE PREPARATION RESOURCES (BOOKS AND ONLINE MATERIAL)

(Des ressources pour mieux se préparer à la compréhension orale du TEF Canada)

Books for Practice Papers:

● TEF- Test d’Évaluation de français- 250 activités (Sylvie PONS, Gaële KARCHER)- CLE INTERNATIONAL

● Objectif Réussite- TEF – Test d’Évaluation de français- Hachette

These are 2 Official Guides for Sample Papers that come with audio CDs:

Online Mock Tests for TEF Canada Listening Practice

Website for Mock Tests:

● 1-year subscription to TEF PrepMyFuture– Contains mini tests and mock tests for listening
TEF Académie– Contains paid mock tests for listening

If you found this article informative, do check out our other articles that you can find here: BLOG.

You could also consult our other blogs for TEF Canada Preparation:

– Self- prep routine for TEF Canada
– Prepare for TEF Canada Beginner to B2
– Essentials for TEF Canada exam prep
– How to Ace the TEF Canada Speaking Test
– Prepare for the TEF Canada Speaking test
– French Newbie’s Toolkit

– 5 simple tips to practice French at home

– Why Learn French for Canada?

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