Writing workshop

Assessing, correcting and
marking students’ written work

3. 2.Identify and understand key areas of writing performance. . Provide adequate feedback and develop error correction strategies.Workshop objectives At the end of this three-session workshop you will be able to: 1. Assess and correct students’ written production according to specific marking criteria.

Before we get started… Let’s discuss some questions in small groups. Ready? .

Discussion  What do you find easy/enjoyable about correcting and marking writing?  What do you find challenging and/or difficult?  Which steps do you follow when correcting and marking your students’ written work?  How do you provide feedback on errors? .

Marking and feedback The purpose of marking is to provide students with feedback on their written performance. How should feedback be provided through the marking process? .

mark or code.Feedback Direct feedback: teachers locate and correct errors for students. and/or identified by a symbol. Errors are underlined or circled. Indirect feedback: teachers indicate errors without correcting them. .

p. 2002. 5) .” (Ferris.Feedback “It is unrealistic to expect that L2 writers’ production will be error free.

Punctuation.  Paragraphing: – Ideas clearly organized into paragraphs. – Use of appropriate linking devices. Appropriate length. . External and internal cohesion.Writing marking criteria  Language / range: vocabulary and structures appropriate to the task and level.

– be informed (letter – review – report). – follow the storyline (short story). to give the written work a passmark. – be engaged / interested (article – essay). .Writing marking criteria  Target reader: The target reader should be able to: – understand the message.

.Writing marking criteria  Task: all points should be included.  Style: consistency of formal / informal style.

. Target Reader and Style.Writing marking criteria For students to get top marks. Paragraphing. they should:  Include all the points in the Task.  Demonstrate very good performance in Language/Range.

Important • Comprehensive error feedback or selective error feedback? • Direct error feedback or indirect error feedback? .

verb pattern.o.w. w.Writing marking criteria Written work correction code / // voc / w. 3rd person singular) Grammar Word missing / omission Spelling Punctuation Irrelevant / inappropriate N/A Don’t understand / unclear Not quite right / re-write Good Wrong style / register . vb gr ^ sp punct ( ) ?  style Word too many / paragraphing New paragraph Wrong word / phrase Word order Verb form (tense.

assess and mark samples of students’ written work.Let’s get down to work! Work in small groups. . Read.

Let’s get down to work!  Read each piece through first to get a general impression.  When marking exams:  Correct the whole lot (one group) within a relatively short time. . look at all the exams to able to establish a standard (= the best tests – average – the worst tests) so you can mark them more fairly. then correct it. and before giving the marks.  Once you’ve corrected them.

Let’s get down to work! Ready Steady Go! .