22Candidates 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.WORDS!NO LESS & NO MORE
25TopicsThe 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 characterJapanese ab initio: Why do Japanese students wear a school uniform whereas Italian students do not?Daily routinesItalian ab initio: Why is la passeggiata an important part of daily life in Italy?Physical healthMandarin ab initio: Why are early morning exercises considered essential in China?RelationshipsFrench ab initio: The role of women—a French family and an American familyFood and drinkGerman ab initio: Food and drink festivals in Germany and New ZealandShoppingMalay ab initio: Shopping at the market in Malaysia and Canada
26EmploymentIndonesian ab initio: Young people and part-time employment in Indonesia and ScotlandEntertainmentRussian ab initio: Young people’s attitudes towards alcohol and smoking in Russia and EgyptHolidaysSpanish ab initio: How is Easter celebrated in Barcelona compared to my community in Melbourne?EducationSwahili ab initio: The ideal school day—the secondary school education systems of Kenya and SwitzerlandTransportArabic ab initio: Finding sustainable methods of transport in Jordan and GreeceTown and servicesEnglish ab initio: The greenest way of getting around a capital city—London versus Paris
27DON’T FORGET! During your INDIVIDUAL ORAL EXAM… 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?
35INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS Written assignment Ab Initio 2013
36Preparation 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 topicsassessment criteriamodel 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.
37Written 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 annotatedstudents complete and sign the coversheetstudents are supervised at all times during the production of the written assignmentall written assignments are collected and attached to the coversheetall coversheets are signed by both teacher and students.