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Rules and Policies and Other Important Information

Attendance

All students are expected to attend class every time the class meets. Regular attendance is necessary to avoid falling behind academically.

Instructors take daily attendance by calling students’ names aloud and recording attendance in the E-Ling system.

Students are expected to be in class on time and return from the break on time. Arriving late is disruptive to the instructor and classmates. Instructors will not repeat material missed by late students. Students who arrive late to class will be marked Late. Students who leave before dismissal will be marked.

Students are required to attend at least 80% percent of class hours per session. When a student attends class, he or she gains the full advantage of tuition. When classes are missed, students are unable to benefit from learning opportunities.

Level Placement

New students and students returning from Vacation are given a placement test, which includes grammar, reading comprehension, and an oral interview. Based on the results of the Webcape placement test, writing and oral interview, the student will be assigned to a level. If a student feels that the assigned level is too difficult or too easy within the first week of class, a level change request can be made. The instructor can make the same request after careful observation of the student’s performance during his/her first week of attendance.

Change of Morning to Evening Program Procedure

Students may wish to transfer between morning and evening programs schedules. Our programs may have different teachers or different goals at different times, and programs and classes can differ in teaching style, chapters in the book, etc. For this reason, students requesting a change of session must meet with the ESL Academic Advisor and may need to take a new placement test. The Academic Advisor will meet with the teachers to figure out if placement is possible. The level the student is placed in can be different from the level or course he or she is currently in.

Change of Level Procedure

Students are not permitted to choose their own level. Students requesting a level change will be re-evaluated by the academic staff and/or teacher of the assigned level. Written and/or oral evaluations may be administered to determine whether a level change request will be granted or denied.

If the instructor believes that a student is in the wrong level, he/she is advised to consult the Academic Advisor and DSO regarding the options for that student. Written and/or oral evaluations may be administered to determine whether a level change is appropriate.

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Quality

Methodology

We believe that communication is key to learning! Our classes are taught using The Communicative and Integrated Approach to language acquisition. Students are given ample opportunities to use their target language in a variety of contextualized, student centered activities. The integrated approach to skill building allows for the development of all skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing- simultaneously, so that learners have an opportunity to express themselves through constant interaction and exposure to English.

Better Teachers. Better Results.

Our teachers are experts in the field of ESL. All instructors are highly experienced educators and have post-graduate degrees from various American and international universities. Instructors regularly attend professional development seminars, conferences, and workshops in order to stay up to date with the ever-changing world of education, thus enabling them to implement innovative and effective teaching techniques in the classroom. Integrity, Value, Professionalism and Success- are the guiding principles of our faculty.

TOEFL Test Preparation

Our TOEFL Preparation Program focuses on the comprehensive and hands-on practice of skills and application of test-taking strategies necessary for successful achievement of desired TOEFL scores. Students will learn techniques and strategies to maximize their chances of scoring well and continuing their studied in American colleges and universities.

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