Composition Correction Key

Symbol

Error

Incorrect

Correct

AC

Accent

lapiz

lápiz

LX

Lexicon

Aprendió la noticia

Se enteró de la noticia (aprender means learn but is not used in Spanish in the context where you have tried to use it)

MD

Mood (modo verbal)

Te pido que vienes (indicative)

Te pido que vengas (subjunctive)

MW

Missing Word

(often an article: el, la, los, las, etc.)

Biología es fácil.

LA biología es fácil.

NA

Noun/ Adj. Agreement

la problema
el biblioteca
el libro hermosa

el problema
la biblioteca
el libro hermosO

PR

Pronoun (often, you used the wrong pronoun: lo instead of él, for example)

Me madre es francesa.

MI madre es francesa.

RV

Reflexive Verb

Yo lavo el pelo.

YO ME lavo el pelo.

SP

Spelling

la baca

la vaca

SY

Syntax (often you've directly translated an English structure that does not quite match the Spanish)

Juan gusta la química

A Juan le gusta la química.

TE

Verb Tense (often imperfect where you should use preterite and vice versa)

Ayer compraba un libro.

Ayer compré un libro.

VA

Verb Agreement

Ella bebemos.

Nosotros bebemos.

WW

Wrong Word (often ser when it should be estar and vice versa)

Mario es cansado

Mi sujeto favorito es el arte. (sujeto = person in Spanish)

Mario está cansado.

Mi materia favorita es el arte.

????

Incomprehensible

Su profesor no comprende.


Composition Grid for Grading Purposes

Comprehensibility (20%)

Very little is comprehensible 1 2 3

Generally comprehensible with interpretation 4 5 6 7

Almost 100% comprehensible 8 9

100% comprehensible 10

Content (20%)

Little information conveyed 1 2 3

Basic information conveyed 4 5 6 7

All information conveyed 8 9

All information conveyed(beautifully, creatively, with flair) 10

Vocabulary (30%)

Inadequate 4 5 6

Sometimes word choice is wrong 7 8 9 10

Generally appropriate but not impressive 11 12 13

Broad, precise, and impressive 14 15

Spelling (10%)

Frequent spelling errors 1 2

Sporadic spelling & mechanics problems 3 4

Near perfect spelling & mechanics 5

Grammar (20%)

Very little control of basic structures; problems with agreement, word order, prepositions, and determiners 3 4

Control of basic structures; still problems with agreement, word order, prepositions 5 6 7

Excellent controll of sentence patterns and structures 8 9 10

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