Office of International Affairs

ESL Policies

Attendance 

Faculty members determine the class attendance policy for each course. Syllabus will be given at the beginning of the term. Attendance policies will also be announced and explained in class. General guidelines follow:

  • The only absences allowed are those in the case of a documented medical or family emergency.
  • If written documentation is provided proving an absence was due to a medical or family emergency, any work missed can be made up. It is the student's responsibility to provide documentation to his/her teachers and request a make-up test and/or missed assignments from each teacher upon return from an absence.
  • Any tests or assignments missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up, and students will receive a zero for this work.
  • Students must come to class on time. A student excessively tardy to the same class, may have the tardies counted as an absence.
  • Students who fail to comply with the policy are subject to being dismissed from the program. Dismissal from the program will result in the cancellation of the student's I-20.
  • It is the student's responsibility to keep track of his or her absences and tardies.

Promotion

At the end of the eight-week class session, students will be promoted or retained based on their grade in each class. Students with a final grade of A or B will be promoted to the next level. Students with a grade of C, D, or F will be retained in the same level.


Grading Scale 
  • A=90-100
  • B=80-89
  • C=70-79
  • D=60-69
  • F=0-59

Completion of ESL Program

Students seeking undergraduate admission to the University of North Alabama can meet the English proficiency requirement through one of the following:

  • Completion of all level 5 classes with an B average and a recommendation from each teacher
  • 500 on the Institutional TOEFL + 27 on Academic Speaking Test
  • 61 on the IBT TOEFL
  • 5.5 on IELTS

Students seeking graduate admission to the University of North Alabama can meet the English proficiency requirement through one of the following:

  • Completion of all level 5 classes with an A average and a recommendation from each teacher
  • 550 on the Institutional TOEFL + 32 on Academic Speaking Test
  • 79 on the IBT TOEFL
  • 6.0 on IELTS

Meeting the English proficiency requirement does not mean that the student will be admitted to an academic program. Students must meet all other admission requirements such as appropriate scores on admissions exams and transcripts of previous university work.

Using the Placement Test to waive or partially waive the English proficiency requirement

The Compass ACT ESL Placement Test will be given to all new students to determine level placements in each subject.

  • A student who scores level 6 in all areas may be eligible to waive ESL classes.
  • Students who score level 6 in a particular area may be eligible to waive that subject.
  • Determinations will be made based on an interview with the student and with the approval of the ESL Faculty and Vice Provost for International Affairs.
  • This option is only available for students enrolling January, June, or August.

Taking Academic classes while enrolled in ESL

ESL students who take and successfully complete a level 5 ESL course will be allowed with teacher recommendation to substitute the Bridge class (IEP 200) the following term. Students who complete more than one ESL course will be allowed with teacher recommendation to substitute the Bridge class and an academic class. Students who complete the Bridge class but still have not completed all ESL classes will be allowed with approval to take additional academic classes while they are still enrolled in ESL. Specific conditions are listed below.

  • Students must be in all level 4 or 5 classes.
  • Students must not have had excessive absences or tardies during previous semesters.
  • Students must have made adequate progress during previous semesters.
  • Successful completion of an ESL class is demonstrated by achieving an "A" for graduate students or a "B" for undergraduate students.
  • Students must meet all general admissions requirements for their chosen academic program.
  • The appropriate substitution will be determined based upon test scores (Accuplacer, ACT, GMAT, or GRE), planned program of study, and any transfer credits from a previously attended university.
  • Students who have attended another university must have a WES evaluation of their transcript from the previous college in order to determine the appropriate substitution.
  • This option is only available for students registering in January, June, or August.

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