Year 8

Languages Support Materials


The central purpose of assessment is to understand where students are in their learning. Assessment refers to the broad range of strategies teachers employ to obtain information about their students’ skills and understandings, and ranges from asking students questions during a lesson to giving students a formal standardised assessment.

The assessments need to provide information about the depth of students’ conceptual understandings as well as their accumulation of knowledge. They should support teachers in identifying students’ strengths and weaknesses, and provide detailed diagnostic information about how students are thinking, so that the teacher is well placed to know what students have mastered and what they need to learn next.

Year 8 Languages

Assessment Principle 3 Assessment should be fair

Japanese: Second Language Barentaindei ga daisuki! バレンタインデーがだいすき!(I love Valentine’s Day!)

Languages/Japanese: Second Language/Communicating/ Informing/Understanding/Systems of language

Content Description

Access, summarise and share key ideas from a range of texts related to aspects of their personal and social worlds and present them in different formats for the intended audience

Organise and present information and ideas to raise awareness of and inform others about texts related to aspects of their personal and social worlds, using descriptive and expressive language to compare perspectives and experiences

Increase control of context-related vocabulary and elements of the Japanese grammatical system to express a range of ideas and experiences in written and spoken forms, including:

  • using い and な adjectives in present and past tenses in negative forms such as くなかったです; しずかじゃなかったです
  • using both affirmative and negative forms of particular grammatical elements in different tenses
  • creating cohesion and flow by using conjunctions, for example, だから、それで、それに

Nature of the assessment

Written responses in English to information provided in two spoken texts.

Written text in Japanese and English in a bilingual poster.

Purposes of the assessment

To evaluate students’ ability to comprehend spoken texts by accessing, summarising and sharing key ideas in the texts related to Japanese celebrations. It also establishes their ability to interact in written form to present information about Japanese celebrations.

Stage in the Teaching sequence

At the end of the learning sequence as a summative assessment.

Background learning

Students have been:

  • exposed to context-related vocabulary
  • taught grammatical items, including:
    • dates, for example, しちがつ みっか
    • vocabulary related to Valentine’s Day and White Day celebrations in Japan for example, もらいます、あげます、おとこ、おんなのこ、チョコレート
    • using masu verbs in the present and past tense for example, チョコレートをたべます。/チョコレートをたべました。
  • provided with opportunities to read, listen to and write short texts related to special events which are celebrated in Japan
  • taught the textual conventions of a poster, and provided with opportunities to practise them.

Assessment task

The teacher provided the students with the task and explained it was in two parts. In Part A, students were to listen to two texts and convey information in the text by responding in English to questions related to the texts. Through the task the students were able to demonstrate their comprehension of information in spoken texts.

In Part B, students were able to demonstrate their ability to write in Japanese by creating a bilingual poster explaining how Valentine’s Day and White Day are celebrated in Japan. As well as providing time for students to research the special events, the teacher provided students with some sentences and structures they could use on their poster. Students were allowed 60 minutes to complete their poster.

Assessment process

Students had previously engaged with texts and classroom discussion based special events in Japanese. They were also provided with time to research how both Valentine’s Day and White Day were celebrated in Japan. The teacher explained that the purpose of the assessment task was to show their understanding of the information in spoken texts and then to use the texts and their research as a stimulus to develop the bilingual poster.

Using the information

The teacher used the information to determine the students’ ability to comprehend information in two spoken texts and to write in the Japanese language. As the writing activity with illustrations/graphics was open-ended there was the opportunity for all students to demonstrate their Japanese language learning. Some students presented a poster with words and a few simple phrases, others used informative language and detailed information to describe the two events in their design.

The teacher’s observations were used to guide further lesson planning and to inform end-of-semester reporting.