Workshop: Good Writing in Japanese

Good writingとは何か:評価を通して考える

Workshop: February 24, 2018 | 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. | THO 317

NOTE: Workshop will be given in Japanese. There is no registration fee.

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Good writingとは何でしょうか。ライティングやスピーキングのようなパフォーマンス評価に、これが絶対という評価点はありません。しかし、私たちは学習者が書いたものを評価しなければならないときが往々にしてあります。そのようなときに評価基準が必要です。


本ワークショップでは、「比較・意見」のessayを例に、「マルチプルトレイト評価基準」を使って評価することによって、日本語のgood writingとは何か考えてみます。

他の人と一緒に評価することによって、評価観(good writing観)が人によっていかに違うのかも分かっていただけるでしょう。それぞれの評価観は大切にするべきですが、評価を一致させなければならないときもあります。そのようなときに使える評価のフローチャートも、最後にご紹介したいと思います。


What is good writing in Japanese?: Thinking through assessment practices

What is good writing? Performance tests (whether speaking or writing) do not have a definite grading system. Even so, we often have to rate learners’ writing. In order to do that, we need rating scales.

Rating scales differ depending on the purpose of writing, or on the genres and rhetorical modes of writing. Even so, if you know a versatile rating scale for academic writing (essays), you can utilize this for diverse contexts just by adjusting it slightly.

In the workshop, we will assess comparison & contrast and opinion essays with a multiple-trait scoring scale, reconsidering what might be considered good writing in Japanese. Through the workshop you will have an opportunity to share views on good writing with colleagues, and compare and contrast perspectives with that of other attendees. Keeping our various perspectives in mind, it is sometimes necessary to find a common metric when it comes to grading. For this purpose, I will present a new scoring system using flowcharts.


Mari Tanaka

Mari Tanaka graduated from Kobe University and received her Ph.D. from International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo. She taught Japanese to foreign students including at ICU, at University of Indonesia and at University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo. Since 2007 she is a professor in the Department of Japanese Studies of Foreign Languages and in the Graduate School of International Studies, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests are in writing assessments, including “Good Writing” studies in both L1 and L2 Japanese. She received the TOKUGAWA MUNEMASA award from the Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences for her recent article exploring L2 writing assessment. She is the author/co-author of several books, including “Good Writing eno Passport [Passport to Good Writing],” and has been involved in editing several journals.