ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES FOR WRITING ESSAYS IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE FOR BASIC LEVELS

Lady Diana Yusri, Idrus Idrus

Abstract

The purpose of writing this paper is to provide an assessment strategy in learning to write Japanese
essays for basic level. Writing lessons are usually considered quite difficult for students, this is due to
the lack of student ability to apply vocabulary to form sentences that are arranged into an essay. In
addition, the problem is also faced by lecturers, namely the limited ability of Japanese language to
evaluate essays written by students and the large number of student writings to be examined. The author in this paper describes the empirical experience in Sakubun Courses in the Japanese Literature
Department, Andalas University. There are several strategies that the author did to overcome the
problems in the assessment of the Sakubun course. First, is to make assessment rubrics that are made
together with students. This rubric contains things that must be considered in making essays such as by
paying attention to the main parts of the essay, the series of sentences in the essay, and the writing of
the sakubun with the letters kana and kanji. Second, the assessment is done by the peer review method. Third, the expression of motivation written by peer review and lecturers. The results of this study are that students can write essays well according to the rubric given and get good grades in writing.

Keywords: assessment, essay, Japanese, sakubun


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