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Jiading foreign language school changes exam approach

By Lin Hong ( chinadaily.com.cn ) 2014-02-17

Jiading foreign language school changes exam approach
Students are divided into groups to answer questions.

Jiading foreign language school changes exam approach
Students are answering questions in the "Gallery of Art" part.

Jiading foreign language school changes exam approach
Students get one seal when they are right.

Jiading foreign language school changes exam approach
Students show their seals of approval.

Shanghai International Studies University’s Jiading Foreign Language School says it will be using a variety of evaluation methods, this year, including games, for a more scientific, overall evaluation of its students, instead of the old “paper marks decide the student” approach.

For the final exam day, the exam room was about as big as a basketball court, separated into 10 areas, with four students in a group to make challenge to 10 different fields of questions.

Exam questions varied and involved common sense answers, with the correct answers getting a seal of approval, and 10 seals resulting in a pass. The purpose of the games is to fully gauge a student’s academic performance and motivate them to improve the teachers' work. And getting the parents involved in teaching activities provides a form of supervision and extended family education.

In one experiment, a student surnamed Shi, in the first grade, did not get the 10 seals after two hours of work, but his artwork got him a Van Gogh seal of excellence, which made him happy.

The process was recorded so teachers and parents both got feedback for analysis, which helped teach students better in accordance with their individual needs.

Edited by Lin Hong and Roger Bradshaw

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