Common Writing Assessment in World Language Classes

Common Writing Assessment in World Language ClassesBayside students have just taken a Common Writing Assessment in their world language classes during the past two weeks.

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.

Common Writing Assessment in World Language ClassesOn 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.

Common Writing Assessment in World Language ClassesWe 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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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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