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Table 4 A “can do” questionnaire (stage 3)

From: Exploring the adaptability of the CEFR in the construction of a writing ability scale for test for English majors

Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. can express oneself with clarity and precision in writing      
2. can express news and views effectively in writing      
3. can express one’s ideas, emotions effectively in writing      
4. can convey information and ideas on abstract as well as concrete topics      
5. can check information through writing (e.g. examining general patterns of information across text types)      
6. can ask about or explain problems by writing      
7. can write short, simple formulaic notes relating to matters in areas of immediate need      
8. can write personal letters and notes asking for or conveying information      
9. can write personal letters/compositions describing experiences, feelings and events      
10. can ask for or pass on personal details in written form      
11. can write very simple personal letters expressing thanks and apology      
12. can write personal letters/compositions giving news      
13. can write letters/compositions conveying degrees of emotion      
14. can write letters/compositions highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences      
15. can write letters/compositions commenting on the correspondent’s news and views      
16. can write invitation letters appropriately      
17. can express thoughts about cultural topics such as music, films in writing      
18. can take messages communicating enquiries      
19. can take messages explaining problems      
20. can provide information needed for registrations of all kinds (e.g. hotel and website registration)      
21. can write to communicate with overseas friends through letters or E-mails      
22. can write notices      
23. can paraphrase the content of passages      
24. can write a short passage based on a given topic or outline      
25. can write summaries based on narrative and descriptive texts      
26. can write summaries based on augmentative texts      
27. can carry out the continuation task of writing after reading      
28. can describe a graph, chart or table in detail      
29. can write book reviews as required      
30. can write term papers      
31. can write a graduation thesis      
32. can write research proposals applying for further education abroad      
33. can do some academic writing (e.g. abstract, introduction, literature review, methodology, data findings and analysis, conclusion)      
34. can proofread and give a feedback to the academic writing of students of other majors      
35. can write speech scripts for presentations      
36. can write reports of different genres (e.g. business report)      
37. can write self-introductions      
38. can write resumes      
  1. (Please read the script and then judge to what extent the student writer is competent in performing what the descriptor says: 1 = not competent at all; 2 = less competent; 3 = competent; 4 = more competent; 5 = very competent)
  2. Thanks for your contribution!