Your academic administrators are:
- Sanae (Assistant Director)
- Lynn (Student Advisor)
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) or call (306-966-4351) to make an appointment.
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., 7 hours or more in the term), or other serious problems, we might not allow him or her to to register for future terms.
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Good Manners for WebEx Learning
To make sure that you and your classmates can learn English well, you need to use good manners during all your WebEx lessons. These are the rules for good manners while your class is using WebEx:
- You must attend all WebEx sessions. Email your teacher if you have a problem.
- Login on time every day.
- Do not leave the session until it is over.
- Before the session starts, bring your notebook, pen, and materials to your desk or table.
(Remember: THIS IS A CLASS. Be ready to learn.)
- Turn on your camera when your teacher tells you to turn it on. We want to see you.
- Turn off your camera if your teacher tells you to turn it off. Sometimes WebEx can't handle video for everyone so only sound is OK.
- Turn off your microphone when it is not your turn to talk so other people aren't bothered by sounds in your room.
- If you need to ask a question or give an example while the teacher or another student is talking, use the Chat Box on the side.
- You can use your microphone and the Chat Box to greet your classmates at the beginning of the WebEx lesson, but don't do that once the teacher starts the lesson.
- During the lesson, pay attention, be polite, and wait your turn.
- When the teacher asks you a question directly, answer using your microphone.
- Use only English during the online class when speaking or in the Chat Box.
- When the teacher asks the whole group a question or tells the whole group to type something in the Chat Box, always type in the Chat Box. The Chat Box is how your teacher will know that you understand.
- Always be polite when using the microphone and the Chat Box during lessons.
- Always stay on topic when using the microphone and the Chat Box during lessons.
- Don't do anything during the WebEx session that you would not do in the classroom. Both the video and Chat Box are recorded during each session so there will be a record if a student does not behave respectfully.
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.
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.
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 wish to take a leave of absence from your program or you with to leave your program at the Language Centre, you must talk with the USLC Student Advisor.
If you leave your program during the term, please tell the main office staff immediately and they will inform you about our Refund policy at that time. Also, you must return all library books and your student card. Your computer account will be deactivated. 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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 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:
- If you have a valid Study Permit, you must be a full-time student.
- The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre is required to provide accurate information about your situation if Citizenship and Immigration Canada contacts us.
- If you miss more than one term, you will have 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.
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.