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Activity 10.1

Activity 10.1

Discussing and using the assessment criteria

In this activity, students will:

  • explore the assessment criteria in relation to the achievement objectives
  • deepen their understanding of what they need to do to achieve success.

Getting started
THUMBS UP! We hope that you and your students are enjoying learning NZSL so far. You’re at the halfway mark, and this is the celebration! Let’s have fun!

In this unit, have your students use the language and cultural knowledge that they have learnt in Units 1–9 in situations where they can show their communication skills. There is a summary overview of Units 1–9 in the introduction.

Language learning is successful when your students are able to use the language they have learned automatically and spontaneously in situations that are familiar to them. At this point, they should be able to communicate effectively in NZSL in a range of situations and respond to others promptly and with reasonable accuracy.

Reviewing objectives and criteria
Students can look over the achievement objectives and the assessment criteria, which are provided in Worksheet 10.1 (Unit 10 Assessment criteria). Give the students a copy for their reference. Tell them that they will be using these criteria to assess their own performance and each other’s performances.

Play a recording of the students’ performances in a previous unit. Suggest that they apply the criteria by looking for one or two examples of each descriptor.

Afterwards, discuss this process with them. Some questions you could ask:

  • Was this an easy task? 
  • Does it make them more perceptive in relation to what they need to do to perform well?

Help them to combine their assessments to contribute to a holistic assessment of each presenter’s knowledge and skills. As well, encourage them to give feedback on specific areas that have been well achieved or are in need of improvement. As the performances are reviewed, get the students to write down the particular skills that need improvement.

How to use the assessment criteria
Please use these assessment criteria carefully. Remind your students that they are in the beginning stages of their learning.

These criteria will help them to deepen their understanding of what is required for the proficiency level they are working towards and to measure their progress towards achieving it. However, make it clear to them that it may be too soon for them to achieve levels 1 and 2 proficiency. They will need a wide range of examples across each behaviour in a broad range of situations to achieve this.

Place an enlarged copy of the assessment criteria on the classroom wall. Students often need time to absorb and reflect on assessment criteria and what they mean for their individual performances.

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