What theories explain the difficulties international students face when they attempt to form intercultural friendships? What factors would enable both local and international students to form better intercultural friendships?

What theories explain the difficulties international students face when they attempt to form intercultural friendships? What factors would enable both local and international students to form better intercultural friendships?

1. Major Writing Assignment – the essay itself [30%]

Task

Write aresearch essay 1500 words. The essay must demonstrate awareness of the topics discussed in class and in the readings. It also needs to address the assessment criteria.

Questions for the essay

What theories explain the difficulties international students face when they attempt to form intercultural friendships? What factors would enable both local and international students to form better intercultural friendships?

Criteria for assessment
See Assessment Feedback Sheet next page.

Major Essay Feedback Sheet
Grade out of 30: _____

Student’s name: ______________________________________________ Date:

Examiner:
Comments:

 

 

The following criteria must all be met. If not, your essay will not be graded.
Achieved?
Yes = a No = r

Included your corrected plan with your hardcopy submission

Submission of essay

Electronic copy to Turnitin

Hard copy (typed and with plan and completed coversheet) to your teacher

Assessment criteria

Section
Criteria
Achieved?
Yes = aa
Partially =a
No = r

1
[3 marks]
Demonstrates understanding of what is required by the essay topic

A
The writer indicates which question is being answered

B
The essay addresses question directly and completely, emphasising key elements

C
The answer remains relevant to topic throughout essay

2
[8 marks]
Follows conventional academic English structure using direct expression and defining key terms

A
There is a clear thesis statement in the introduction that directly addresses the question.

B
The essay has supporting arguments that address the thesis statement.

C
Each paragraph has a main sentence that addresses the thesis statement.

D
The writer provides sufficient evidence to support the arguments. (There is enough evidence, it is clearly relevant and it is effectively linked to arguments or clearly signposted (“for example”, “Evidence of this includes…” etc.) )

E
The essay has a conclusion that restates the thesis and briefly summarises the arguments.

F
The writer defines key terms where necessary and indicates their relevance to the question and thesis.

3
[8 marks]
Content demonstrates appropriate depth of understanding and independent thinking

A
The ideas are relevant and clearly related to the topic

B
Ideas are dealt with at an appropriate level of complexity / at sufficient depth

C
An understanding of the topics covered in this unit is demonstrated

D
Others’ ideas have been understood and skilfully paraphrased / quoted.

E
Others’ ideas have been discussed

F
The writer has the ability to express ideas using his/her own point of view and voice.

4
[6 marks]
Use of references.
A
At least 6 different resources are cited in the text of the essay. Most of these will come from class or the LMS reference list. At least 2 of these references will come from your own research.

B
The system of referencing, in-text or footnoting, is always used appropriately and accurately. This refers to accurate use of date, page numbers, punctuation, and includes formatting of long direct quotes.

C
The reference list is appropriately and accurately done, following an accepted style guide.

D
Direct quotes are used appropriately. They are not too long, not too numerous, are relevant to thesis and are copied accurately.

E
Indirect quotes are appropriately and accurately done. Paraphrases are grammatical, preserve the original meaning and the writing clearly indicates that they are someone else’s ideas.

F
All quotes have been blended into the text with skill.

5
[5 marks]
Use of language and cohesion in sentence, paragraph and whole essay contexts

A
Sentences are complete, reasonably accurate and clear.

B
Sentences within paragraphs are well ordered and linked.

C
The use of paragraphs breaks is appropriate – paragraphs clearly contain one main idea

D
Paragraphs are well-connected and the order of paragraphs and ideas throughout essay is logical

E
Meaning is always clear

F
Control of language is demonstrated in grammatical accuracy and use of complex language.

Total =
30 Marks

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