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English Language Program Student Handbook 803 North Bank Center Phone 810 4245395 Fax 810 4245398 httpwww.umflint.eduinternationalelp

Welcome to the English Language Program On behalf of the English Language Program ELP, I would like to welcome you to the University of MichiganFlint. The goal of the ELP is to provide highly effective English language instruction and academic preparation for students seeking admission to the University of Michigan Flint degree programs and those who wish to improve their English proficiency for professional or personal reasons. A great deal of your success at the University of Michigan Flint de

ADMISSIONS The English Language Program ELP is for students with no English proficiency score or a proficiency score below admission requirements. Conditional admission to the University of MichiganFlint degree programs is possible for qualified students. Undergraduate Admissions Undergraduate admission decisions take into account all available academic data, including the students grades, test scores, and high school programs. The University may also consider nonacademic factors in the admissio

Graduate Conditional Admissions An applicant who holds a degree that is not the equivalent of a U.S. bachelors degree may be granted conditional admission to a degree program based on the recommendation of the program director of the graduate program in agreement with the Dean of Graduate Programs. Such an admission decision will be based on a careful evaluation of the applicants qualifications, acceptable evidence of the institutions competence in the students principal areas of preparation, an

Placement Students who do not meet the University of MichiganFlints language proficiency requirement are enrolled in the ELP and take the English Placement Test EPT during orientation or on specified testing dates. The EPT measures students levels of reading and listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. Incoming students are placed into the appropriate level class based on the results of the placement test. Level Promotion Students advance in levels by successfully completing th

Proficiency The University of MichiganFlints English language proficiency requirements differ for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate Proof of English Undergraduate students must submit one of the following TOEFL 61 internetbased 500 paperbased 173 computerbased IELTS MELAB ECPE ELS 5.5 overall band 5.0 minimum in each band 69 Certificate of Proficiency Certificate of Completion Graduate Proof of English Proficiency Graduate students must submit one of the following TOEFL 84 inte

OR An official transcript showing one of the following a degree earned at an accredited U.S. College or University OR Successful completion C or higher of ENG 111 or ENG 112 or its equivalent Registration and Fees Student registration forms are filled out in advance and ready for teacher and student signatures on the first day of the term. The academic coordinator submits the registration forms to the Office of the Registrar on the 8th day of classes. Once registered, all course related informat

Health Insurance Health insurance in the U.S. is very different from other countries since there is no national health care program. This means that it is the responsibility of each individual to purchase health Insurance in case of an emergency. Without health insurance, there can be very high costs for medical care, so it is very important to always have this coverage. Health insurance is required for all F1 and J1 Visa students and their dependents and is billed automatically to the student a

IMMIGRATION INFORMATION U.S. Laws and Regulations for F1 and J1 Visa Students The most common types of student visas are F1 and J1 Visas. The visa, along with the I20 ABDS2019, which is issued by the academic institution, is proof that the individual has been accepted into a College or University with the intention of pursuing a degree. All international students studying in the U.S. must follow the laws that U.S. citizens follow, as well as additional immigration laws for individuals that are i

bassy or consulate of the country from which the passport was originally issued. If leaving the U.S., international students must have an I20 DS2019 that is valid for reentry. Before traveling, students must have their I20DS2019 signed by an International Advisor. Obey all other municipal, state and federal laws . Do not hesitate to visit the International Center with any questions or concerns. 10

CURRICULUM AND PROGRAMS Course Descriptions ELP 011 Listening Speaking I The purpose of this course is to prepare students to interact with classmates and teachers. Students will develop foundational listening and speaking skills necessary for further study in English including the ability to express themselves in daily life situations and comprehend short spoken passages. An emphasis on pronunciation will assist students in delivering short presentations on familiar topics. This level will foc

concepts studied in class and improve students overall communication ability. ELP 041 Listening Speaking IV The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be active listeners and effective speakers in academic classes. This includes developing listening skills to comprehend longer spoken passages, make inferences, organize and synthesize information, and learn effective notetaking skills to be successful in an academic lecture course. This course also develops speaking skills to incorpora

ELP 012 Reading Writing I The purpose of this course is to begin using fundamental reading skills and strategies necessary to improve students reading comprehension and reading fluency. Vocabulary development is focused on language that is necessary for daily communication as well as thematic vocabulary in the reading text. Students are also introduced to different aspects of American culture. In addition, they will learn writing readiness skills and conventions. Students will become familiar w

vocabulary and then progress to constructing welldeveloped compound and complex sentences. In addition, the form, meaning, and use of grammar are integrated into the context of reading and writing. ELP 042 Reading Writing IV The purpose of this course is to help students further develop their reading skills and strategies as well as increase their level of academic vocabulary. Vocabulary development is focused on the Academic Word List and vocabulary from the reading textbook. Students also lea

sources and focus on the crucial skills of paraphrase and summary. Data commentary, annotated bibliography, process, cause and effect, argumentative and email writing will also be covered. In addition, this course will strengthen students critical thinking as well as knowledge and usage of higherlevel grammatical structures found in academic writing. Finally, the course covers the different aspects and expectations of university courses and American culture. Extensive Reading The extensive readi

pants meet for 12 hours per week on campus for informal conversation for the entire term. MELAB All ELP students are eligible to take the MELAB exam near the end of each term. Students must register for the exam by the designated deadline. Registration information can be found on the ELP website. Academic Credit The ELP is designed to improve students English proficiency level to satisfy the University proficiency requirement. The ELP courses do not have credit value that can transfer to institu

ACADEMICS Educational systems vary from country to country. Here are some things you need to know about academic life at The University of MichiganFlint. Instructor Expectations In many cultures, there is a great difference in status between students and teachers. In the United States, it is acceptable and encouraged for students to ask questions and discuss topics with the teacher. During the first class meeting, teachers hand out a syllabus, which lists when and how the teacher can be contacte

in writing of the action taken. The ELP uses three types of actions Warning, UporOut, and Dismissal. Warning Warnings are issued to students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 for the first time, but does not drop severely enough to warrant dismissal. There is no automatic term of a warning. A significant gradepoint deficiency can result in dismissal from the University without a previous warning. Students are informed in writing of their academic warning status. UporOut When

Grading Criteria ELP courses will be graded based on the following criteria Listening Speaking Listening Tasks Speaking Tasks TestsQuizzes Inclass Activities Homework Midterm Exam Final Exam Reading Writing Reading Tasks Writing Tasks 20 20 20 20 20 10 10 10 10 TestsQuizzes Inclass Activities Homework Midterm Exam Final Exam Grading Appeals Process 20 10 10 10 10 If a student disagrees with a grade heshe has received, the following appeals process must be followed Student must first comple

academic coordinator within one week of the discussion with the teacher. The academic coordinator will meet with the studentteacher as necessary to resolve the dispute. Homework Doing homework is necessary to improve ones English and make progress in the course. Students must turn in homework completed and ontime. If the student does not understand the homework heshe must tell the teacher as soon as possible. Missing assignments will result in a lowered final grade. If absent from class, it is

the dispute within one week. If the dispute is not resolved, the student may refer the problem to the ELP academic coordinator within one week of speaking to the teacher involved. If a resolution is not reached through discussion with the ELP academic coordinator, a written meeting request outlining the grievance should be submitted within 5 school days to the ELP assistant director, who shall, within 5 school days, return to the student a written confirmation of receipt of the grievance. Wi

The following outlines the sequence of communication regarding absences After reaching a 10 absenteeism level, the ELP Office sends the student an email notification and copies the ELP academic coordinator. After reaching a 20 absenteeism level, the ELP Office sends the student an email instructing them to schedule an appointment with the ELP academic coordinator within one week to discuss the attendance issues. 22

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Americans value originality and individual achievement. These values are reflected in the rules of academic honesty and students are evaluated academically based on their original work. Academic integrity varies from culture to culture and it is important to understand the rules of academic conduct at the University of MichiganFlint. For questions about this, ask your teacher. For a guide to the different citation styles, visit the library. There are examples of different form

httpwww.umflint.educasdocumentsAcademicIntegrity.pdf Ask the teacher about how heshe wants sources cited When using the ideas of another person, give that persons name and the publication in which the ideas were published and use quotation marks if the idea is wordforword Consequences Academic integrity is expected of all students. Academic misconduct is a serious offense and may result in a failing grade for the particular assignment or dismissal from the University. Failure to follow the Co

CLASSROOM CONDUCT All students are subject to the University of MichiganFlint regulations, codes of conduct, and English Language Program guidelines in addition to the laws of the host country. See the U.S. Department of States website page containing tips for Students httptravel.state.govvisatemptypestypes1270.html Students Responsibilities All students are expected to follow the University of MichiganFlint code of conduct. Students are expected to be responsible for their actions and to respec

Regrettably, some conduct is so harmful to members of the University community or to the educational process that more severe sanctions may be required. The range of potential sanctions is as follows httpcatalog.umflint.educontent.phpcatoid2navoid80 Cell Phone Courtesy Ringing or buzzing phones are distracting to the teacher and students therefore, all cell phones must be turned off during class time. In addition, sending or receiving text messages during class is prohibited. Computer Use Compu

Smoking Smoking is not permitted in classrooms or in university offices. As of July 1, 2011 smoking is not permitted on campus. Students who wish to smoke must leave campus. DISENROLLMENTWITHDRAWAL Policy If you wish to canceldrop all of your classes before the term begins, you MUST come to the ELP Office to sign a Drop form no later than 400 pm the night before a term begins or you will be assessed appropriate tuition and fees. Beginning the first day of the term, registered students who decid

CEA ACCREDITATION The English Language Program, University of MichiganFlint is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2013 through April 2014 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 801

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Nondiscrimination Policy Statement The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunityaffirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight,

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