NATTAWUT NAKKAEW (RATTANA BUNDIT UNIVERSITY)

USING WRITING ASSESSMENTS TO FACILITATE RHETORICAL SITUATIONS AND IDENTITIES IN THE WRITING OF EFL COLLEGE STUDENTS : LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT

Writing is a means for expressing ideas and identities of a writer. In writing in English, EFL students should understand, be aware of and orchestrate rhetorical situations (e.g., role of a writer, audience and purpose) in order to reflect voice and foster their communicative competence and autonomy in writing. To use assessments to promote positive washback in writing classrooms, rubrics should include the rhetorical situations and provide learners with constructive guidance about their writing. This paper aims to develop a rubric for assessing the rhetorical situations in paragraph and essay writing of EFL students. This rubric is constructed through theoretical lens, e.g., autonomous learning, process writing, intercultural rhetoric, critical thinking and critical writing pedagogy. This paper suggests how teachers can implement this rubric to promote rhetorical flexibility in writing (Warner, 2019) and cultivate the seed of creativity and passion of writing in the minds of the students.

Nattawut Nakkaew earned a M.A. in English Language Studies (ELS) from Thammasat University. Currently, he is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Business English, College of International Business, Rattana Bundit University, Thailand. His research interests include L2 writing, critical thinking and language assessment. He can be contacted at Basnarakmak@gmail.com.