Common Writing Assessment in World Language Classes
The Common Writing Assessment is a writing task similar to the 6-trait Writing activity, which evaluates the SIS students’ writing skills as well as provides data for our students on their strength and areas of improvement in their writing.
Before the assessment, students analyzed a writing sample by using a Writing Continuum, which would be used to evaluate their written work.
On the 1st day of the writing activity, students were introduced to the writing prompts. On the 2nd day, they brainstormed for their writing by creating a graphic organizer and began to compose their rough draft. On the 3rd day, students completed their rough draft. On the 4th day, students revised and edited their work and finished their final draft.
To accurately demonstrate the students’ actual writing abilities, no prepared notes outside the class were allowed during the writing process.
World language teachers are working to decide the students’ writing levels using the Writing Continuum. The assessment results and feedback will be given to students in order to inform them about their future development of writing skills.
We believe that such an assessment will help teachers know more about the students’ writing across all the proficiency levels from CSOL1 to CLD4. The data collected from the writing assessment will not only give feedback to teachers on their teaching, but also guide them when they plan the curricula and teaching activities to improve the students’ writing.
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