Welcome to my Class!
Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA ♦ www.EFLsuccess.com
You are taking this class because you know how important English is for China’s development, as well as your own future. Successful language progress requires a good memory, plenty of hard work, and a willingness to use what you learn. Your oral, listening and written abilities are important, but so are study habits and attitude. To make the most of our time together you must work hard, do your homework, prepare for class (and tests), be bold enough to speak (and thus make mistakes), and surround yourself with English as much as possible. Your teachers, friends and parents can help, but your success or failure is YOUR responsibility!
Here are some of my expectations:
–COME TO CLASS on time and be prepared to work. Please call me “Mr. Krigline” during class. Outside of class “Michael” is OK. If you can’t remember my name, you can call me “Sir.”
— HELP IS AVAILABLE: If you want extra help, ask for an appointment (before/after class or by special arrangement). However, do not rely on email to contact me (use a phone: 15159662460)!
–QUIZZES, TESTS AND GRADES: You will probably have a few vocabulary quizzes as well as a written final exam, and your SPEAKING ability will be measured several times this term. Your syllabus will show how these affect your grade, along with attendance, homework, class participation, and more.
–ATTENDANCE: If you miss several classes (excused or not), it will affect your grade (I cannot teach students who do not come to class). If your classmates turned in homework, you must also deliver the same homework to me (by special appointment or at my home) before the next class.
–HOMEWORK: ASK if you do not understand an assignment. Late homework (unless you missed class) automatically gets a 50% penalty, if I choose to grade it at all. Do homework on loose paper (not in a notebook), and be sure to follow guidelines concerning length, spacing, etc. Avoid contractions when you write. Use ink and write neatly (or type if possible)—if I can’t read it, I mark it wrong. ALWAYS double space sentences and paragraphs (to give me room to make corrections). By giving me your assignment, you also give me permission to use it (probably edited) to help other English-learners (via book, handout, webpage, etc.); I’ll include your “English name” unless you ask me not to. I assign homework to prepare you for class, help you review, or give you extra practice. Even if I don’t collect it, homework IS NOT OPTIONAL! If you come to class without doing it, I may ask you to leave. In addition to what I assign, you should REVIEW what we talk about in class, review vocabulary, and if possible listen to additional related resources (on the Internet, recordings, DVDs, etc.). You should think of homework as a way to improve your English, not as a “minimum requirement” to pass a class.
–ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Studying with a friend and checking each other’s homework AFTER you do it is wise scholarship, but do NOT copy someone else’s work (this is cheating) or copy from printed works or the Internet without documentation (this is plagiarism). The same wrong answer on two “neighboring” tests may result in BOTH students getting a zero for that whole test (so cheating hurts you and the person you cheat from—and you should also protect your exam paper from the eyes of others!). Plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty will earn a zero on that assignment/quiz AND may have 30 points taken from your final exam score. If I think you have cheated in any way, I may also report it to the Dean.
–ENGLISH ONLY: From the moment you step into my classroom, I expect you to speak ONLY ENGLISH to me and to your classmates. If you need help, try to ask using English before using Chinese. Also note that oral ability is VERY important, so doing well on written homework/tests is not enough. Make the most of every opportunity to work with a partner or a small group—classmates make great conversation partners, both in and out of class! Try to interact in class and SPEAK IN ENGLISH as much as possible!
–DICTIONARY & ELECTRONICS: I encourage you to bring a dictionary to class (electronic or paper). Cell phones can be used during class only for classroom purposes (not listening to music, texting, etc.) If I see undergraduates using such devices during class, I may take them away.
–LIFE: Students often experience pressure from grades and many other areas. Your teachers (like me!) were students once, and we can help you keep things in perspective when you feel sad. Come talk to us!
I try to make class interesting and helpful, but language-learning is hard work! Together we can reach our goals and develop the ability to USE ENGLISH WELL!