“If you could have a conversation with any person in human history, who would you choose? Why? What would you discuss?”

Presenter: Paul Tanner

Abstract:

This was a university entrance exam essay question for a section of the English language component. In this presentation, the participants will briefly discuss their own answer ideas, predict the test taker’s choices, and guess the percentage of non-Japanese answers. The presenter will then give the results and offer some analysis and commentary.

Time permitting, the presenter will explain the benefits and challenges of using an essay test for evaluating English competence. Evaluation criteria and advice for consistency will also be offered.

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