Academic Administrators

Your academic administrators are:

  • Sanae (Assistant Director) -- (306) 966-4354
  • Lynn (Student Advisor) -- (306) 966-4351

They are available to talk to you about any problem you might have in your studies or in your personal life. Please go to the main office (Room 232) to make an appointment.

Placement

We place students in classes very carefully. Our placement tests give very accurate information about each student’s level. In your first two days of class, your teacher will give you more tests of your skills, so you must go to your class with a positive attitude and participate in all the activities.

After that time, your teacher might decide that you should be placed in a higher or a lower level. We will base the decision on the teacher’s judgement of your abilities, not on your opinion or requests. We have placed you in the level where we think you will be most successful.

Attendance and Punctuality

We expect students to attend all the classes, participate, and be on time. We count all absences, including absences for medical reasons. We do not excuse any absences. Absences and lateness affect students’ performance on tests and assignments.

Students who arrive after the term has started will be marked absent for the days they miss.

Do not miss class unless you are sick or have a very good reason!

If you know that you will miss a quiz, talk to your teacher. If you miss class and find out later that there was a quiz, ask your teacher what you should do.

We expect that our students are here to study English and participate in our programs. If a student has a high number of absences (e.g., 20 hours or more in one term), or other serious problems, we might not allow him or her to to register for future terms.

CLASS HOURS MISSED RESULT
10
  • Warning letter from office
20
  • Not allowed to write final exam
  • May be asked to leave program

Homework and Assignments

Homework is a very important part of learning English. We expect you to do homework regularly. You must give all assignments to your teacher when the assignments are due.

Private Tutoring

Our teachers are not allowed to tutor their own students privately for money. If you would like to get private tutoring, please talk to the Student Advisor.

Textbooks

You must buy all required textbooks for your course. You can buy them at the University Bookstore. If you buy a book from another student, you must erase or white out any answers that are written in the book. If you do not erase the answers, your teacher will ask you to buy a new book. Please note: Photocopying textbooks is illegal in Canada. Please do not bring a photocopied text to your class.

Cheating and Plagiarism

We have strict rules about cheating and plagiarizing. If you cheat or plagiarize one time, you will get a warning. You might also get a mark of “0” on your test or assignment. If you do it again, you might have to leave the program. Examples of cheating include using notes or an electronic dictionary, copying answers or having someone else do your homework. Plagiarism is a serious offense in Canadian universities. NEVER submit someone else’s work as your own. You are plagiarizing if you copy from books or other people’s work, or use their ideas without naming them.

Student Evaluation and Certificates

During the term, your teacher(s) will give you suggestions about how you can improve your English. Halfway through the term, you will get a midterm evaluation from your teacher(s). After completing your class, you will receive a final written evaluation.

Your final grades are based on work that you do throughout the term and a final exam. Students who complete their classes successfully get certificates. One week after classes end, you can pick up evaluations and certificates at the main office. If you want someone else to pick up your documents, you must give written permission to the office staff. If you want us to mail your documents to you, you must give the office your address.

Before we can give you your certificate, you must return any materials that you borrowed from the library and you must pay any library fines that you might have.

Withdrawal From a Program

Leaving the program early

If you leave our program during the term, please tell the main office staff immediately. Also, you must return all library books and your student card. Your computer account will be cancelled. The U of S Language Centre’s refund policy is explained in our brochure. If you have any questions please ask the office. If you withdraw from the ESL Program, this might affect your visa status. If you have questions about this, please contact Canada Citizenship and Immigration directly.

Skipping or Missing a Term

We recommend that students study continuously because they usually make better progress in their language learning. Also, there are some consequences of missing a term:

  1. If you have a study permit, you must be a full-time student. 
    - The U of S Language Centre is required to provide accurate information about your situation if Citizenship and Immigration Canada contacts us.

  2. If you miss more than one term, you will to take the placement test again.
    - You may be placed in a lower level than you expected.

How Many Terms Can a Student Study at the Same Level?

Most students complete one level in one term. Sometimes a student must repeat a level. This student might have worked hard but still needs more practice at the same level.

Our policy:
A student may study at the same level for only three terms. After the third term at the same level, if the student does not pass, he or she can not register for any more terms.

Student Support

Visit our Extra-Help page for information on how you can get extra academic help.