Japanese Online Senior Marker Task

The Online Senior Marker Task is a key aspect of the senior marker application process and must be completed. It should take about 30 – 40 minutes.

Course materials

Personal statement 1

Senior markers are required to mark to the highest level of accuracy, ensure marker reliability and provide feedback to markers. Some senior markers will be required to deliver training.

Explain how your relevant experience adds value to the role of senior marker. (300 words)

Personal statement 2

Describe what you believe are the critical aspects of External assessment marking and how senior markers play a part in this system. (100 words)

Background

This task will focus on the sample instrument which is in the Supplementary materials from the 2017 External Assessment Trial for Japanese. You will be asked to make judgments based on evidence in responses.

There are three sections in the sample instrument.

  • Section 1 — Listening
  • Section 2 — Reading
  • Section 3 — Writing

This task will focus on the Writing task in Section 3. 

Activity 1

Task

The task below is taken from page 19 in the Supplementary materials.

 

Instructions: 

  • Respond to the task in approximately 400 kanamajiri — this length is a guide only. 
  • Allow approximately 55 minutes to complete this section. 
  • Respond in Japanese. 

 

Context: 

Your friend Yusuke is about to come to Australia on a school trip and has some questions for you to help him with his planning. 

 

Task: 

Respond to Yusuke’s email. 

 

Purpose: 

To respond to Yusuke’s enquiries by addressing the questions below: 

  • 八月の天気はどう? (How is the weather in August?)
  • 毎日お金はどのぐらいいるか? (About how much money will I need everyday?)
  • どんなけいけんが出来ると思う?(What experiences do you think I can have?)

 

Audience: 

Your friend Yusuke 

 

Text type: 

Personal email

Response

Activity

Select the statement that best describes how the response demonstrates evidence that the three questions have been addressed. Justify your decision. (50 words)

  • Statement 1: All three of the questions have been addressed.
  • Statement 2: Two of the questions have been addressed.
  • Statement 3: One of the questions have been addressed.
  • Statement 4: None of the questions have been addressed.

Activity 2

Task

The task below is taken from page 19 in the Supplementary materials.

 

Instructions: 

  • Respond to the task in approximately 400 kanamajiri — this length is a guide only. 
  • Allow approximately 55 minutes to complete this section. 
  • Respond in Japanese. 

 

Context: 

Your friend Yusuke is about to come to Australia on a school trip and has some questions for you to help him with his planning. 

 

Task: 

Respond to Yusuke’s email. 

 

Purpose: 

To respond to Yusuke’s enquiries by addressing the questions below: 

  • 八月の天気はどう? (How is the weather in August?)
  • 毎日お金はどのぐらいいるか? (About how much money will I need everyday?)
  • どんなけいけんが出来ると思う?(What experiences do you think I can have?)

 

Audience: 

Your friend Yusuke 

 

Text type: 

Personal email

 

Response

Activity

Select the statement that best describes whether the conventions of an email have been demonstrated. Justify your decision. (50 words)

  • Statement 1: Conventions of an email have been demonstrated.
  • Statement 2: Conventions of an email have not been consistently demonstrated.
  • Statement 3: Conventions of an email have not been demonstrated.

Activity 3

Task

The task below is taken from page 19 in the Supplementary materials.

 

Instructions: 

  • Respond to the task in approximately 400 kanamajiri — this length is a guide only. 
  • Allow approximately 55 minutes to complete this section. 
  • Respond in Japanese. 

 

Context: 

Your friend Yusuke is about to come to Australia on a school trip and has some questions for you to help him with his planning. 

 

Task: 

Respond to Yusuke’s email. 

 

Purpose: 

To respond to Yusuke’s enquiries by addressing the questions below: 

  • 八月の天気はどう? (How is the weather in August?)
  • 毎日お金はどのぐらいいるか? (About how much money will I need everyday?)
  • どんなけいけんが出来ると思う?(What experiences do you think I can have?)

 

Audience: 

Your friend Yusuke 

 

Text type: 

Personal email

Response

Activity

Select the statement that best describes how the response demonstrates evidence that a range of grammar and vocabulary have been covered. Justify your decision. (50 words)

  • Statement 1: A range of grammar and vocabulary that is appropriate to the context and the purpose has been demonstrated.
  • Statement 2: The range of grammar and vocabulary that has been demonstrated is not appropriate to the context or the purpose.
  • Statement 3: A range of grammar and vocabulary appropriate has not been demonstrated.
  • Statement 4: There is no evidence of a coverage of a range of grammar and vocabulary.

Activity 4

The question below relates to Texts 4, 5 and 6, which can be found on page 18 in the Supplementary materials.

 

Question

Which of the written texts offer the most encouragement for Akiko in terms of her plans? Compare by giving examples from the texts.

 

Students must make a decision about who offers Akiko the most encouragement and use relevant details from the text to support this decision.

 

Text 4

 

Text 5

Text 6

Conclusion from texts 

Akiko's homeroom teacher, Ms Kajimoto offers the most encouragement.

 

Relevant details from texts

Ms Kajimoto mentioned:

  • educational benefits
  • being in Australia will be more beneficial than learning from a book
  • opportunities to learn new skills, such as cooking, marine studies etc. 

 

Response

Marker task

Markers were required to consider the response above and select the most appropriate option to complete the stem below.

The response:

(A) draws a conclusion justified by 3 relevant details.

(B) draws a conclusion justified by 2 relevant details.

(C) draws a conclusion justified by 1 relevant detail.

(D) does not meet requirements above.

 

Senior marker activity

A marker has incorrectly selected (C) as the most appropriate option.  

As a senior marker, you will be required to provide feedback to markers.

In your feedback, identify the most appropriate option and explain to the marker why this is the case. (100 words)

Activity 5

The question below relates to Texts 4, 5 and 6, which can be found on page 18 in the Supplementary materials.

 

Question

Which of the written texts offer the most encouragement for Akiko in terms of her plans? Compare by giving examples from the texts.

 

Students must make a decision about who offers Akiko the most encouragement and use relevant details from the text to support this decision.

 

Text 4

 

Text 5

Text 6

Conclusion from texts 

Akiko's homeroom teacher, Ms Kajimoto offers the most encouragement.

 

Relevant details from texts

Ms Kajimoto mentioned:

  • educational benefits
  • being in Australia will be more beneficial than learning from a book
  • opportunities to learn new skills, such as cooking, marine studies etc. 

 

Response

Marker task

Markers were required to consider the response above and select the most appropriate option to complete the stem below.

The response:

(A) draws a conclusion justified by 3 relevant details.

(B) draws a conclusion justified by 2 relevant details.

(C) draws a conclusion justified by 1 relevant detail.

(D) does not meet requirements above.

 

Senior marker activity

A marker has incorrectly selected (C) as the most appropriate option.  

As a senior marker, you will be required to provide feedback to markers.

In your feedback, identify the most appropriate option and explain to the marker why this is the case. (100 words)

Thank you

Thank you for completing the Online Senior Marker Task.

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