Using Information and Communication Technology for the Assessment of Writing in Chinese Language

Using Information and Communication Technology for the Assessment of Writing in Chinese Language

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Using Information and Communication Technology for the Assessment of Writing in Chinese Language

Singapore schools have leveraged on the affordances of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to develop students into proficient users of their Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) who can communicate confidently and effectively in real-life situations. In particular, computer-based writing has been introduced in schools as part of theMTL curriculum to prepare students for the future where computer-based writing is fast becoming a norm in the workplace and in social communications. Where appropriate and for better alignment with the teaching and learning of the curriculum, computer-based writing would be planned and introduced in the assessment of written interaction skills.This paper shares some key findings on the use of a computer-based writing platform for high-school students taking Chinese Language B Syllabus to compose email responses and blog entries. The quality of students’, written responses from two separate studies: a) between computer- and paper-based writing, and b) between progressive stages of the computer-basedwriting, were analysed. Students’, and teachers’, feedback about computer-based versus paperbased writing tasks are also discussed in this paper. ,Keywords: language testing, information and communications technology, writing test

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