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The Rights and Wrongs of Assessing Writing . Nermin S. Eltorie ([email protected]) American University School of Continuing Education English Studies Division. Introduction . Writing as a Skill within the Communicative based curricula

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The Rights and Wrongs of Assessing Writing

Nermin S. Eltorie ([email protected])

American University

School of Continuing Education

English Studies Division


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Introduction

  • Writing as a Skill within the Communicative based curricula

  • Program Objectives for the teaching of writing in a Continuing Education Setting

  • Instructors’ knowledge and experience in teaching and assessing Writing

  • Rubrics for Writing based on specific tasks


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English Studies Division (ESD) Curricula

  • Communicatively based instruction

  • Culturally based orientation

  • Function based language

  • Workplace oriented topics

  • General English courses (13 Levels)

  • Novice - Elementary - Intermediate - Advanced


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Language Skills

  • A communicative based curricula stressing on the oral/aural learning, placing more stress on listening and speaking and less on writing.

  • Listening

  • Speaking

  • Reading

  • Writing


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Writing

  • Function Based Writing:

  • Describing qualities

  • Comparing jobs

  • Making requests

  • Writing about the past

  • Writing about culture and customs

  • Describing and solving problems


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Paragraph Writing

  • Function: Describing Qualities:

  • What kind of boss would you like to have?

  • Your company needs a computer programmer. What qualities do you think they should have?


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Informal Letter Writing

  • Function: Comparing Jobs

  • You recently changed your profession from an engineer to a hotel manager. Write a letter to a friend telling him/her your reasons for the change.

  • Your sister wants to study the Arts, you think it would be better for her to study psychology. Write a letter and explain why.


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Formal Letter Writing

  • Function: Explaining customs and habits.

  • Your business associate is paying a working visit to your country for the first time. Write a letter explaining your country’s business and social culture.

  • A foreigner is visiting your country for the first time. Write to him/her about the do’s and don’ts of your culture.


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Three-Paragraph Essay

  • Function: Expressing past regrets.

  • You failed a job interview, write regretting the mistakes you made.

  • What past events have negatively affected your country’s progress? How things would be different if these events hadn’t taken place?


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Three-Paragraph Essay

  • Function: Giving belated advice and suggestions:

  • How could the present economic crisis facing the world have been avoided?

  • Function: Describing problems and giving recommendations:

  • What is the most serious problem facing your country these days? Give practical solutions for this problem.


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Paragraph Writing Rubric

  • Four Point Scale

  • Content

  • Organization

  • Mechanics

  • Grammar & Vocabulary


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Formal/Informal Letter Rubric

  • Four Point Scale

  • Format for formal/informal letter

  • Information

  • Grammar, punctuation, and word choice

  • Style, tone and audience


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Three-Paragraph Essay Rubric

  • Four Point Scale

  • Content

  • Organization and style

  • Grammar and vocabulary

  • Mechanics


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Short Report Rubric

  • Four Point Scale

  • Topic & Organization

  • Grammar & Spelling

  • Content & Information

  • Vocabulary


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Rubric for Writing Resumes

  • Four Point Scale

  • Format & layout

  • Style

  • Content


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Upper Intermediate Learners

  • Practice paragraph writing.

  • Write formal letters for the workplace.

  • Write informal letters for friends/family.

  • Practice three-paragraph essays on a variety of social, cultural and workplace oriented topics.


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Advanced Level Learners

  • Practice three-paragraph essays on a variety of social, cultural and workplace oriented topics.

  • Practice writing resumes, CVs, and job descriptions.

  • Practice writing short reports related to the workplace.


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