GENERAL SYLLABUS FOR CRITICAL LANGUAGE CLASSES
*After reading the syllabus, please proceed to the contract form to fill out, and bring it to the first class.
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of studying language in The CRITICAL LANGUAGES CENTER (CLC) is to obtain practical communicative ability. The main focus of CLC classes is developing spoken language and listening comprehension. Languages involving learning a different script from English (such as Farsi, Korean, Hindi, Turkish, and others) will involve reading and writing, and some languages will have both an ORAL and WRITTEN FINAL EXAMINATION. Final oral examination will be recorded for checking the accuracy and university research purpose.
Native speakers or near-native speakers of the language are NOT allowed to enroll in courses of critical languages. Any students with background knowledge of this language must see the CLC director BEFORE registering and shall be assigned an appropriate class level by CLC staff.
FORMAT: This is a supervised-self-study class. Students must study by themselves using a textbook and assigned AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS (CDs, DVDs, or online files) outside the class. The in-class language “trainer” who is a native/near native/ (or equivalent level) speaker of the target language will help students to develop their communicative ability in each class meeting. During the sessions, students must actively participate using spoken language to practice better pronunciation and conversation skills. English use will be kept to a minimum in class. Language trainers will provide some measure of assessment throughout the semester by the use of the weekly STUDENT PERFORMANCE SHEET report sent to the director of the CLC.
ATTENDANCE: Students must meet with the language trainer three (3) hours per week. Students are required to attend all the sessions. Your grade will be affected by the number of absences, as indicated in the Grading Policy. No cellphone/iPhone watch or similar electronic devices are allowed to use during the class.
GRADE: The final course grade for most languages will be determined with the threshold-concept, according to the performance of those skills, as measured by a qualified EXAMINER in the language as indicated in the NASILP guideline AND class performance including homework, quiz, video projects.
- Attendance: Only 2 absences or fewer during the semester allowed (due to sickness, and a doctor’s note from a US doctor must be provided within a week from the day of your absence). No tardiness.
- Active performance: The average of Daily Active Class Performance determined by your LT must be 5 (out of 8.0) or higher (absent days count as 0).
- Homework: The average of homework points is 85 out of 100 or higher.
- Small quiz: The average of all the quiz points is 85 out of 100 or higher.
- Video performance: objective self-evaluation using your video performance are to be submitted, and the result discussed with your LT for improvements.
- The final examiner’s evaluation must be A or higher.
*Note: If only one of #2-5 is slightly lower, OR the final examiner gives an A- (even though other criteria are met), your grade will be A-. If all the criteria are met, AND the final examiner’s evaluation is A+, then the final grade will be A+.
- Attendance: Only 3 absences or fewer during the semester allowed (due to sickness, and a doctor’s note from a US doctor must be provided within a week from the day of your absence). Only a few times being late to class.
- Active performance: The average of Daily Active Class Performance determined by your LT must be 4.5 (out of 8.0) or higher (absent days count as 0).
- Homework: The average of homework points is 75 out of 100 or higher.
- Small quiz: The average of small quiz points is 75 out of 100 or higher.
- Video performance: objective self-evaluation using your video performance are to be submitted and the result discussed with your LT for improvements.
- The final examiner’s evaluation must be B or higher.
*Note: If only one of #2-5 is slightly lower, OR the final examiner gives a B- (even though other criteria are met), your grade will be B-. If all the criteria are met, AND the final examiner’s evaluation is B+, then the final grade will be B+.
- Attendance: Only 3 absences or fewer during the semester allowed (due to sickness, and a doctor’s note from a US doctor must be provided within a week from the day of your absence). Several times late to class.
- Active performance: The average of Daily Active Class Performance determined by your LT must be 4.0 (out of 8.0) or higher (absent days count as 0).
- Homework: The average of homework points is 70 out of 100 or higher.
- Small quiz: The average of small quiz points is 70 out of 100 or higher.
- Video performance: objective video performance with self-evaluation is submitted and the result is discussed with your LT for a learning plan of action.
- The final examiner’s evaluation must be C or higher.
*Note: If only one of #2-5 is slightly lower, OR the final examiner gives a C- (even though other criteria are met), your grade will be C-. If all the criteria are met, AND the final examiner’s evaluation is C+, then the final grade will be C+.
One of the above criteria #2-5 is not met regardless of the final examiner’s evaluation, or there are too many absences.
Absent more than 3 times.
Average performance points are lower than 4.0
Average of homework points is lower than 70
Average of small quiz points is lower than 70
Objective self-evaluation video+form is not submitted.
Final examiner gives a D.
*Note: If only one of #2-5 is slightly lower, OR the final examiner gives a D- (even though other criteria are met), your grade will be D-. If all the criteria are met, AND the final examiner’s evaluation is D+, then the final grade will be D+.
Final examiner gives an F, even though other criteria are met.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES: There are no extra credit opportunities.
DISABILITY STATEMENT: If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary. If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 348-4285 or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.
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Religious Observances Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to a provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.
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