ESLI Trinity Western University

School Policies/Student Handbook

2016/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7600 Glover Road Langley BC V2Y 1Y1            

604.513.2082         

esli@twu.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMISSION POLICY

 

 

WITHDRAWAL POLICY

ESLI understands that during the semester a situation may arise in a student’s life requiring the student to interrupt his/her studies for a period of time. 

A student may withdraw following the following steps:

·         Meet with the Academic Administrator to discuss the situation and sign a withdrawal form.

·         Meet with Administrative Services to return the student card and mailbox key.

·         The student is informed about BC Medical Services Plan time limit, housing changes (as relevant: deadline for dorm stay, written one month notification to homestay).

·         Meet with the TWU Registrar Office – International Student Services.

·         Follow the Refund Policy (in this binder), which reflects the student’s length of time at ESLI.

 

DISMISSAL POLICY

Dismissal Due to Attendance

·         If a student has been absent 5 times for any one class, he/she will be required to meet with his/her teacher.  Please note, significant lateness will also be treated as an absent.

 

·         At 8 late arrivals/absences, the student will be required to meet with the academic administrator.

 

 

·         At 10 late arrivals/absences, the student will be asked to meet with the director and teacher and may be dismissed from ESLI for the remainder of the semester. 

Dismissal Due Behaviour

·         ESLI has zero tolerance for threats.  Any student who directly or indirectly threatens to harm him/herself, or intimidates another student or staff member will be required to meet with the director. The student may also be dismissed from ESLI permanently.

 

·         Students will be expected to speak English AT ALL TIMES in the classroom and the ESLI department. Students will be given three warnings; then they will have to see an Academic Administrator. If students continue to speak their native language in class or in the ESLI department, they will be sent to a director and will be put on probation and may be asked to leave the ESLI program.

 

·         ESLI and TWU condemn ALL forms of cheating.  If a student has been found to have cheated, the teacher will determine the consequences, such as receiving a reduced grade or a zero for the assignment.  If a student cheats multiple times, he or she may face more serious consequences which will be determined by the academic administrator.  In the advanced department, such consequences will include expulsion from the program after the third plagiarism offence. 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION POLICY

 

If a student has a dispute of any kind with an ESLi instructor/staff member/host family member, the student is first encouraged to talk to the instructor/staff member/ host family member about the problem.

 

If the student has already spoken to the instructor/staff member/host family member and still feels dissatisfied, there are several options available to the student:

·         Speak with one of our first language counselors so that they can advocate for the student

·         The Lead Instructor, the Assistant Director, and/ or the Director are available to meet with students individually by appointment

 

If none of the above people can assist the student in resolving the problem, then a formal written complaint may be submitted to the Director. Formal Complaint Forms are available from the ESLI Reception Desk.

 

GRADE APPEAL POLICY

 

·         In regards to daily/weekly marks, the students may question the instructor upon receiving a mark that appears unfair.

 

·         You are responsible for keeping track of your grades.  Students do not find out their pass/fail status until the progression/graduation lists are posted at the end of the semester.  Please do NOT call, email or try to meet with teachers during final exam week because it is a very busy time. Instructors will be available during posted office hours in the final week of the semester.  Final grades are non-negotiable. 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS & CAMPUS POLICIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ENGLISH ONLY POLICY

 

Students will be expected to speak English AT ALL TIMES in the classroom and the ESLi department. Teachers will speak to students when they break this rule in the classrooms and in the hallway.

 

Teachers will record offences that occur in the classroom.  Students will be given three warnings; then they will have to see a Director. If students continue to speak their native language in class or in the ESLi department, they will be put on probation and may be asked to leave the ESLi program.

 

If a student has a pre-Level 1 English ability, then a teacher may appoint a student to be a “study buddy” and help that student with instructions.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

 

·         Daily assignments and homework are due at the beginning of each class. 

 

·         Major assignments/projects are penalized 10% per day late for up to three class days, after which the assignment is not accepted and receives a 0% grade.

 

·         Quizzes/Tests that are missed may receive a 0% at the discretion of the teacher.

 

·         If you have been absent or late consistently in the semester, your teacher may deny you the right to take the final exam for that course.

 

·         Midterm and Final Exams are only rescheduled under extenuating circumstances, and missed exams receive a 0% grade.

 

·         Rescheduling of Midterm or Final Exams:  Students who must write mid-term or final exams at an earlier or later date must do the following: 

1) make such a request to the appropriate teacher(s) as soon as possible.  The student must prove to the teachers that rescheduling the exam is necessary, not merely convenient.

2) wait for approval from an academic administrator. 

3) at least one week before the exam date, pay $50.00 per rescheduled exam to cover the expenses for rewriting, supervising and evaluating the exam(s).  The student will be issued a receipt for this fee.

 

·         Oral Presentations receive a grade of 0% if they are missed without a valid reason.  If a student is ill (and brings a doctor’s note to class), that student MAY be allowed to give the presentation at the end of the schedule, if time allows. 

 

·         Homework Completion is the responsibility of each student.  Students who are absent from a class must find out what was discussed in class and do any homework assigned in the class.

 

·         Level 5 Students must complete all assignments, tests, quizzes, etc. for the University Sheltered Course.

 

 

IMPORTANT TEXTBOOK INFORMATION

 

All students must buy NEW textbooks from the bookstore every semester. Do NOT buy used textbooks from other students. Teachers will not accept used textbooks in the class.

 

TUTORS AND OTHER FORMS OF HELP

 

Students are encouraged to use private tutors.  However, the following rules must be followed:

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

 

Cheating, which includes plagiarism, occurs when a student or group of students uses assistance, materials or methods while completing assignments or exams.  Cheating is a serious educational offence that makes learning unfair for all students.  Also, cheating does not help you succeed. Plagiarism will be discussed in your classes at the beginning of the term. 

 

Cheating has many forms.  The following are some examples of cheating:

·         copying from a book, article, the Internet or anything that is not your own work

·         copying from a classmate

·         giving your notes or homework to another student

·         using secret notes written on a card or on your hand

·         using your own papers when your teacher says that no papers are allowed

·         using a dictionary during a test

·         using a cell phone during a test

·         looking at your classmate’s answers

·         handing in work that you did the previous term

 

ESLi and TWU condemn ALL forms of cheating.  If a student has been found to have cheated, the teacher will determine the consequences, such as receiving a reduced grade or a zero for the assignment.  If a student cheats multiple times, he or she may face more serious consequences which will be determined by the academic administrator.  In the advanced department, such consequences will include expulsion from the program after the third plagiarism offence. 

 

PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Requirements for students to progress:

 

Skipping a level:

 

Graduation requirements for level 5:

 

 

 

Letter Grade

Percentage

 A+

90-100

                A

85-89

                A-

80-84

 B+

77-79

                B

73-76

                B-

70-72

 C+

67-69

                C

63-66

                C-

60-62

 D+

57-59

                D

53-56

                D-

50-52

                F

Below 50

 

*Note:  Students who are repeating level 5 cannot use a USC passing grade from a past semester.  They must retake the USC course.

 

LATE-ARRIVING STUDENTS

 

            Students arriving after the “Close of Regular Academic Entrance” date will write an Equivalency Exam in place of the regular Final Exams and will receive a descriptive report card rather than final marks.

 

 

 

LENGTH OF TIME STUDENTS MAY SPEND IN ONE LEVEL

 

Most students with good study habits and average language learning ability can complete one level in one semester.  However, in some cases, students will have to repeat a level.  If a student cannot complete the same level in two semesters, he/she will have a special meeting with the director and will be placed in Academic Coaching at a cost to the student.  The Academic Coaching program has proven to be helpful to students who are struggling to succeed.  If the student does not successfully complete the level after the third semester, he/she will be asked to find a program that better meets his/her needs.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered as the students’ success is our ultimate goal. Students may be placed on probation for behavioural issues and be asked to leave ESLi if they do not meet the conditions of the probation.

 

LEVEL 4 MINI-LECTURES

 

·         Students in Level 4 participate in a series of mini-lectures provided by TWU professors.  These short lectures are designed for Level 4 students to practice listening to lectures, reading university level texts and applying acquired knowledge.  Each of the ESLi teachers may require students to complete assignments related to these lectures.  Your ESLi teachers will explain more about the mini-lectures. 

 

RETAKING PLACEMENT EXAMS

 

Students who leave ESLi and then return may be able to retake the Placement Exam IF:

  1. They have been away from ESLi for one (1) academic year.

OR

  1. They can show proof that they have studied English at another North American institution for at least one semester.

Students who return to ESLi and do not fulfill either of the above requirements will return to the level in which they were last placed.

 

LEVEL 5 UNIVERSITY SHELTERED COURSE

 

The USC helps students become familiar with a regular university course and teaches them to succeed in university-level study. 

·         The USC is for university credit.  The grade for the USC will go onto each student’s permanent university transcript.  Therefore, students must take the USC very seriously.  At the same time, students must pass the ESLi courses in order to enter the university as regular students.  Therefore, students must carefully manage their study time so that they pass both the USC and the ESLi courses.

 

 

 

STUDENT SUPPORT

 

ESLi has various forms of support available for students:

 

TEACHER ADVISORS

Each class gets one of the teachers as the class advisor for that semester.  The advisor will arrange a meeting with each student during the semester, and students are welcome to arrange further meetings if they wish.

 

FIRST-LANGUAGE SUPPORT

ESLi has staff to help students with personal, cultural or other situations in their own language.  There are currently Chinese language, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese support staff available.  If a student is from another language group, ESLi will do its best to find someone to be available for support in that language.

 

Chinese language:                   Amy Bao                                                          amybao@telus.net

 

Korean:                                    Young Kim                                     foreveryoung604@yahoo.com

 

Vietnamese:                            Kristen Khanh                                   kristenkhanhdo@yahoo.com

 

Japanese:                                    Rena Iwasaki                                                     rena.iwasaki@twu.ca

 

PERSONAL/EMOTIONAL/CULTURAL SUPPORT

If you feel overwhelmed in other areas of your life and wish to talk to someone on a deeper level, ESLi provides a professional who can help you deal with personal, emotional or cultural difficulties.  There is a small fee as this is a professional service.

 

                                                Hermia Wang                    hermia@brookswoodcounselling.com

 

 

VISAS/IMMIGRATION ISSUES

If a student needs help with Canada Immigration papers for study visa renewals etc., ESLi has a Canadian Immigration Consultant on staff.

 

Canadian Immigration Consultant                  Meghan Oakley              meghan.oakley@twu.ca

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS

TWU and ESLi work together to help students feel connected on the TWU campus.  If students need help with housing issues, finding social activities on campus and meeting new friends, Matt and Mandy can help.

 

Associate Director of Community Life            Matthew Keller                                   isp@twu.ca

International Student Programs Assistant      Mandy Wang                                       isp@twu.ca

 

 

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL OVERSEAS

If you are traveling home or visiting another country, there are some important things you should know.

 

 

 

 

DISRUPTION OF CLASSES DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS

If TWU cancels classes due to extreme weather conditions (such as heavy snow) or other emergency situations (such as extended power outages), ESLi will also cancel classes.  If this situation occurs, please do one of the following:

 

  1. Check Schoology to see if there is a message about cancellation of classes.

 

  1. Check the university website for an announcement at: http://www.twu.ca/conditions/

 

  1. Call 604-513-2147 to see if there is a message about the cancellation of classes.

 

HELPFUL HINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEMESTER:

 

·         Attitude: Students must demonstrate the ability to participate in class and work respectfully and well with instructors and other students. They must show a mature, cooperative attitude indicating a readiness for the reality of Canadian university life. 

 

·       Study discipline: Students must organize their own time and discipline themselves to complete assignments on time.

 

·         Wellness:  Your wellness is a very important part of your success at ESLi.  Please make sure you get enough sleep.  Also, allow yourself time for fun, exercise and nutrition.