200-300 WORDS! NO LESS & NO MORE Candidates who fail to write the minimum number of words or who exceed the maximum will be deducted 2 marks from criterion E: language. If the word limit is exceeded, the assessment will be based on the first 300 words.
Topics The following is a list of some of the language ab initio topics, with suggestions for a possible written assignment title. This list is not exhaustive. Other titles are possible within a given topic, and topics not listed below are also suitable for the written assignment. It is up to the teacher to judge the suitability of a title within a topic. Personal details, appearance and character Japanese ab initio: Why do Japanese students wear a school uniform whereas Italian students do not? Daily routines Italian ab initio: Why is la passeggiata an important part of daily life in Italy? Physical health Mandarin ab initio: Why are early morning exercises considered essential in China? Relationships French ab initio: The role of women—a French family and an American family Food and drink German ab initio: Food and drink festivals in Germany and New Zealand Shopping Malay ab initio: Shopping at the market in Malaysia and Canada
Employment Indonesian ab initio: Young people and part-time employment in Indonesia and Scotland Entertainment Russian ab initio: Young people’s attitudes towards alcohol and smoking in Russia and Egypt Holidays Spanish ab initio: How is Easter celebrated in Barcelona compared to my community in Melbourne? Education Swahili ab initio: The ideal school day—the secondary school education systems of Kenya and Switzerland Transport Arabic ab initio: Finding sustainable methods of transport in Jordan and Greece Town and services English ab initio: The greenest way of getting around a capital city—London versus Paris
At least 2 questions about your written assignment will be asked. Some examples of questions are: ¿DE QUE TRATA TU TRABAJO ESCRITO? ¿POR Qué ELEGISTE (HAS ELEGIDO) ESTE TEMA PARA TU TRABAJO ESCRITO? ¿QUE APRENDISTE CON EL TRABAJO ESCRITO? During your INDIVIDUAL ORAL EXAM… DON’T FORGET!
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS Written assignment Ab Initio 2013
Preparation and completion Teachers should follow these steps to prepare students for the production of the written assignment. Present the nature of the written assignment to students. Distribute: list of themes and topics assessment criteria model coversheet. Discuss the above in the target language or language of instruction. Ask students to choose a topic related to the target culture. Discuss students’ choices and provide guidance. Is the topic related to the target culture? Is the title appropriate to the task? Is it clearly worded? Is it clearly focused? At this stage, the teacher may encourage students to work in small groups—students share information and ideas on each other’s topic.
Written assignment Ab Initio 2013 Ask students to identify at least 2–4 possible sources in the target languages for their written assignment. Remember that sources in another language may also be used. Explain the formal requirements. Verify that students have selected appropriate sources. Remind students that the written assignment must be their own work. Remind students that no draft of the written assignment is permitted. Provide adequate notice of the date on which the written assignment will take place. Remind students to bring non-annotated source material, reference material (including a dictionary) and a pen. The written assignment must be handwritten(for Japanese and Mandarin only, a pencil may be used). On the day of the production of the written assignment, supervise the formal writing session. Ensure that: students’ sources are not annotated students complete and sign the coversheet students are supervised at all times during the production of the written assignment all written assignments are collected and attached to the coversheet all coversheets are signed by both teacher and students.