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The Rights and Wrongs of Assessing Writing . Nermin S. Eltorie (nersaleh@aucegypt.edu) 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

The Rights and Wrongs of Assessing Writing

Nermin S. Eltorie (nersaleh@aucegypt.edu)

American University

School of Continuing Education

English Studies Division

introduction
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
english studies division esd curricula
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
language skills
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
writing
Writing
  • Function Based Writing:
  • Describing qualities
  • Comparing jobs
  • Making requests
  • Writing about the past
  • Writing about culture and customs
  • Describing and solving problems
paragraph writing
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?
informal letter writing
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.
formal letter writing
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.
three paragraph essay
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?
three paragraph essay10
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.
paragraph writing rubric
Paragraph Writing Rubric
  • Four Point Scale
  • Content
  • Organization
  • Mechanics
  • Grammar & Vocabulary
formal informal letter rubric
Formal/Informal Letter Rubric
  • Four Point Scale
  • Format for formal/informal letter
  • Information
  • Grammar, punctuation, and word choice
  • Style, tone and audience
three paragraph essay rubric
Three-Paragraph Essay Rubric
  • Four Point Scale
  • Content
  • Organization and style
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Mechanics
short report rubric
Short Report Rubric
  • Four Point Scale
  • Topic & Organization
  • Grammar & Spelling
  • Content & Information
  • Vocabulary
rubric for writing resumes
Rubric for Writing Resumes
  • Four Point Scale
  • Format & layout
  • Style
  • Content
upper intermediate learners
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.
advanced level learners
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.