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Intensive English Program

Juniata College

Policies and Requirements

 

For All IEP Students

 

Policies and Requirements

 

The overall emphasis of the Intensive English Program is to prepare students for success in college in their fields of study through developing their academic English skills, including reading, writing, listening & speaking, grammar, content, and pronunciation. We also aim to improve their strengths in using English for social purposes.

 

The following are the policies and requirements of the Intensive English Program at Juniata College. If students have any questions about the policies, they should ask their IEP teachers, advisors, and/or the Director, Michael Beamer.

 

Full-time Status for F-1 visa students/Credit limit for first-year students

 

Students studying at Juniata under an F-1 visa must have full-time status, which is minimum of 12 credits per semester.

 

First-year international students are limited to a maximum of 15 credits/semester to help them adjust to their new environment.

 

Assessment exams and course placement

 

ESL students will take several assessment exams upon arrival. These scores are not a part of final course grades.

 

The assessment scores are used to give the IEP information on students’ general English language proficiency and their readiness for college-level work. Mainly, the assessment tests are used to place students in the proper classes at the beginning of the semester. Students may be placed in courses within the same level or in courses one level apart (e.g., Intermediate and High Intermediate), but not in courses two levels apart.

 

Attendance

 

Students must attend each class.  If they are ill or have an emergency, they must email the instructor(s) or classmates to ask for missed work/assignments. The only way an instructor can excuse absences is if an official email is sent from the Dean’s Office detailing the reason for the absence(s).

 

The attendance policy is in each course syllabus. 

 

Being on Time

 

Students are expected to be in the classroom ready to learn at the start of each class. This means coming to class a few minutes early. The late policy is in each course syllabus.

 

Class Assignments

 

Students should expect to have about two hours of homework for every hour of class time. Students must complete and turn in class assignments on time as indicated by the instructor. Students may be asked to submit assignments electronically or bring them to class.

 

Passing to Next Level & Academic Probation

 

The Intensive English Program follows Juniata College’s policy on passing/failing courses. This means a student may pass any ESL course with a 60% or higher.

 

It should be noted that grades below a C- will most likely NOT prepare a student well for the next level of courses, whether in the IEP or another academic department.

 

The IEP also follows Juniata’s policies regarding academic probation.  If a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is less than 1.66 your freshman year, s/he will be put on academic probation. If a student is placed on academic probation s/he may be required to have an ESL tutor for the semester(s) s/he is on academic probation. Continued academic probation can result in dismissal from Juniata College.

 

Please refer to the Juniata College Catalogue for more information (http://www.juniata.edu/services/catalog/section.html?s1=appr&s2=standards).

 

Admittance to Degree Programs for IEP-Only students

 

If a student is an IEP-Only student and wants to be considered as a degree-seeking student, s/he must apply through the Enrollment Office through Mr. Rylan Good (goodr@juniata.edu). The IEP instructors will provide written recommendations concerning a student’s readiness to move to full-time degree program courses.  Students must also make sufficient gains on the TOEFL exam and demonstrate the required score of 80 iBT/550 PBT to do degree program work. Exceptions for lower test scores can be made on an individual basis with approval from the IEP Director, the student’s instructors and the Admissions Officer.

 

Credit for English as a Second Language courses

 

A maximum of 15 credits for Intensive English courses may count toward degree requirements at Juniata College. Most US colleges and universities do not offer any credit for ESL classes, so this is a very beneficial policy for our IEP students, especially the degree-seeking students.

 

Program Withdrawal/Cancellation Policy

 

The Intensive English Program follows the Juniata College course withdrawal/cancellation policy. Students may add/drop classes in the first week of classes if their schedules allow. After that a cancellation fee will be charged.

 

Payment Policy

 

Students must pay their bills in full by the end of the first week of classes.  They must also show evidence of health insurance, either through Juniata or insurance has been purchased which will cover medical expenses while at Juniata.

 

Evaluation

 

At the end of the semester, you will receive a final evaluation of your work in each class and you will evaluate the instructors and the program. Juniata College uses the following grading scale:

 

Grading Scale:

 

A          93-100

C          73-76

A-        90-92

C-        70-72

B+       87-89

D+       67-69

B          83-87

D         63-66

B-        80-82

D-        60-62

C+       77-79

F          Below 59

 

Grievance Policy and Procedure

 

The Intensive English Program follows all the rules found in the Student Handbook (http://www.juniata.edu/services/pathfinder/index.html) regarding handling of student grievances (problems and complaints).

 

However, we also have the following guidelines for international students in the IEP to follow to make it easier for IEP students to solve problems with teachers, classes, etc.

 

If you have problems or questions in your ESL classes, about issues such as grades, policies, or personality conflicts, follow these steps:

 

 


 

Accelerated Promotion Policy

 

Purpose: To allow exceptional students to progress more quickly through the Intensive English Program’s sequence of ESL courses by demonstrating the proficiency needed to bypass one course level. Students can only skip one level for each skill (reading/writing/listening & speaking) per semester.

 

How to Become a Candidate for Accelerated Promotion

 

 

How to Qualify for Accelerated Promotion

 

There are two ways that you can qualify for accelerated promotion: Path A and Path B. You must meet the requirements of one of these two paths, but not both.

 

Path A

  • Earn a final grade of 83% to 92% (ask your professor for an estimated grade during registration) in your current ESL skill (reading/writing/listening & speaking) course(s) you wish to be tested in and
  • Get qualifying scores on both the appropriate IEP Skill Proficiency Test (SPT) and the Accuplacer ESL Test. Note, the Listening and Speaking Skill Proficiency Test includes an additional interview test as well.

The Qualification Process for Path A

  • You will take either the IEP Skill Proficiency Test or the Accuplacer approximately one week before final exams.
  • If you think your final grade in your current skill course will be between 83% and 92% and you do get a qualifying score on the first test, you will then take the second test before final exams.

 Path B

  • Earn a final grade of 93% or better (ask your professor for an estimated grade during registration) in your current ESL skill (reading/writing/listening & speaking) course(s) you wish to be tested in and
  • Get a qualifying score on either the IEP Skill Proficiency Test (SPT) or the Accuplacer ESL Test. Note, the Listening and Speaking Skill Proficiency Test includes an additional interview test as well.

The Qualification Process for Path B

  • You will take either the IEP Skill Proficiency Test or the Accuplacer approximately one week before final exams.
  • If you do not get a qualifying score on first test, you will take the second test.
  • If you do get a qualifying score on the first test, but are not confident that your final grade in your current skill course(s) will be 93% or above, you should take the second test before final exams.

 

Additional Information

 


 


 

Juniata College Accelerated Promotion

 

IEP Course Sequence:

 

Skill Area

Intermediate

High-Intermediate

Advanced

Writing

100

150

170

250

Listening/Speaking

101

151

211

Reading

102

152

212

 

 

Click here for an example: Megumi is enrolled in both ESL 101 and ESL 150 this semester.

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