Language Center

General Academic Expectations

 

Language Center English courses, while preacademic and non-credit, are essential to improving a student’s English level and lay the foundation for a successful academic career. The following are general expectations and guidelines for Language Center students.

Attendance

Being in class is a requirement for all Language Center students due to the assumption that language development happens best through daily, communicative practice.  Thus, the Language Center’s attendance policy requires all students to be in class whenever possible.  In addition, each Language Center class allows seven (7) absences to the student.  At the eighth absence, the student will receive a Withdraw Fail (WF) for the course.  No “excused” absences are allowed except in very rare circumstances to be granted by the Director of the Language Center. 

Homework

Students can expect to spend a minimum of one hour each day preparing for each course, on average about four hours of homework a night. In the Al Akhawayn system, instructors expect language students to submit homework regularly, to be prepared every day, and to volunteer and participate actively in class. Students placed in the Super Intensive English Program will have to double the effort to meet the Language Center requirement in one semester. Thus, they are expected to work on their own a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Assessment and Evaluation

Instructors may give announced and unannounced tests on material for the day to see whether or not students have prepared for class. It is also commonplace for instructors to deliver a variety of quizzes and other assessments throughout the semester to promote and assist student learning.  Finally, each course has a midterm and final examination. 

Academic Honesty

Honesty in all work is taken very seriously at Al Akhawayn University.

Cheating on Exams

All attempts at cheating on tests of any kind will result in disciplinary action being taken against the individual(s) concerned. Students caught cheating will be called before the university’s Disciplinary Committee who will decide on the action to be taken. Students may have their examination scores canceled or, in serious cases, be suspended or expelled from the university.  Cheating in examinations adversely affects the credibility of the university’s degrees and the reputation of the institution nationally and internationally.

Plagiarism:  Cheating on Written Work

A student’s written work must be his/her own.  Thus, the Language Center takes great care to ensure that students do not take work from the Internet, published sources, or other students and present that work as their own.  The Language Center uses Turnitin.com (www.turnitin.com), an Internet-based website that searches student work for plagiarism.  In addition, teachers who suspect that the written work is not the student’s may call that work into question.  Finally, if a student is caught and proven to have plagiarized, they will face sanctions ranging from a reduced grade on the individual assignment to a WF for the course or even expulsion from the university.