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Marking Criteria: Free or Guided Composition in Foreign Languages

I (70 +)

II.i (60-69%)

Excellent level of
grammatical
accuracy.

Very good to good


level of
grammatical
accuracy.

Reasonable level
of grammatical
accuracy.

Fair grasp of basic


grammar, though
with frequent
errors.

Very competent
and accurate use
of vocabulary and
idioms.

Competent use of
vocabulary and
idioms.

Satisfactory use of
vocabulary and
idioms.

Patchy to highly
restricted use of
vocabulary and
idioms.

Frequent errors in
use of vocabulary
and idioms inhibit
communication.

Excellent choice
of register.

Appropriate
choice of register.

Choice of register
not always
appropriate.

Choice of register
is questionable or
inappropriate.

No idea of
appropriate
register.

Virtually no
evidence of
interference from
other languages.

Very occasional to
occasional
evidence of
interference from
other languages.

Interference from
other languages is
noticeable but not
a barrier to
communication.

Excessive
interference form
other languages
largely prevents
communication.

Spelling and
punctuation

Virtually error
free. Very
competent use of
punctuation in the
target language.

Minor and
relatively
infrequent errors;
competent use of
punctuation.

A number of
errors; use of
punctuation not
always appropriate
in the target
language.

Substantial
interference from
other languages
which may be a
barrier to
communication.
A frequent to
marked number of
errors. Lack of
familiarity with
target language
punctuation.

Quality of
content

Shows some
originality and
many excellent
and appropriate
ideas.

Shows a range of
good ideas.

Shows some good


ideas, mostly
appropriate.

A limited to very
limited number of
ideas, which may
be off the mark.

Balanced and
objective use of
relevant facts and
concepts.

Balanced but not


always objective
use of appropriate
facts and concepts.

Facts used are


mainly correct, but
opportunities are
missed to draw on
other facts and
concepts.

Facts and concepts


used are limited,
inappropriate,
and/or incorrect.

Facts are mainly


incorrect.

Very wide range


of sources.

Good range of
sources.

Reasonable range
of sources.

Limited to very
limited range of
sources.

Insufficient range
of sources.

Strong critical
ability is evident
in a predominantly
analytical
approach to the
subject.

Shows critical
ability and
reasonable
analysis of the
subject matter.

The composition
is more descriptive
than analytical;
critical ability is
marred by
subjectivity.

The composition
is overwhelmingly
descriptive at a
fairly basic and/or
subjective level.

All ideas are


consistently
linked; coherent
and commanding
argumentation;
effective at an
intellectually
complex level.

Most ideas are


linked; coherent
and reasonably
demanding
argumentation;
achieves a very
good to good
intellectual level.

Some ideas are


linked;
argumentation is
simple and not
always effective;
achieves a
reasonable
intellectual level.

Little attempt to
link a limited
number of ideas;
weak to deficient
argumentation;
lacks real
intellectual rigour.

No attempt at a
suitable analysis
of the topic.
Evident signs of
misunderstanding
of the subject
matter.
Ideas are not
linked or are
absent altogether;
lack of coherent
argumentation;
random structure;
no intellectual
dimension.

Quality of
language

Organisation and
cohesion

II.ii (50-59%)

III (40-49%)

FAIL (39% and


below)
Inadequate level
of accuracy even
in basic grammar.

Communication is
severely
compromised by
an excessive
number of spelling
and punctuation
errors.
Lacking in ideas.