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Hello. My name is Christian A. Dumais. The key to passing my course is to participate in classroom discussions, completing all homework correctly and on time, being prepared for all tests and presentations, and having fun. I’ve outlined the general rules/guidelines for this course below. Please read this carefully.
I will be available for consultation in room 105 in the SJO Building on Thursdays at 17:30-19:00 and Fridays at 10:00-11:30. Please come and see me regarding any issue during this time. I’m in my office to help you, so please take advantage of it. I can also be reached at: cadumais (at) gmail.com.
I have created and updated all of the material for you. My goal is not to provide you with material that will prepare you for the examination or final test, but provide you with the confidence and tools you will need for English outside of the classroom. All I ask is that you go to your page (above) and print out the material that you will need for the relevant class.
ATTENDANCE AND LATENESS
If you know you will be missing classes and/or attending classes late, it is your responsibility to inform me.
If you have 3 or more unexcused absences in the semester, this will seriously jeopardize your grade and could impact your ability to pass the course. An unexcused absence is any absence without documentation excusing you from class because of A) a medical emergency or B) an academic scheduling conflict. If you have either documentation, it is your responsibility to show it to me the next time you attend class. All homework, tests, quizzes, and presentations given during your absence are your responsibility. Find out what you missed from someone else in the class, see me during my consultation hours, or send me an e-mail. If you miss a test or quiz, you will be allowed to take it the next time you attend class only with an excused absence.
If you are significantly late for classes this will count as half-absences, meaning that two marks of tardiness equals one absence. If you know being on time is going to be an issue for you, please talk to me so that we can make other arrangements.
TESTS AND QUIZZES
I give two tests each semester; one in the middle of the semester and one at the end. Also, I typically give several quizzes every semester. In most cases you will not know that a quiz will be given in class. Please attend every class with the understanding that you could be quizzed on the previous week’s subject.
Two students will be responsible for doing presentations for each class based on the theme and/or topic of my choosing. Presentations are graded on the following categories (50 points total): 1) Eye Contact, 2) Voice, 3) Organization, 4) Accuracy and Structure, and 5) Questions & Answers. Another grade is given for the written part of your presentation (50 points).
Your final grade is determined through the formula of Knowledge (40%), Skills (40%) and Attitude (20%).
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM
Cheating is not tolerated in my classroom. If you are caught cheating, your paper will be taken and you will automatically receive a fail grade for that assignment. There will be no chance to retake that particular assignment and you will be given no extra assignment to make up the grade.
Plagiarism the practice of claiming, or implying, original authorship of (or incorporating material from) someone else’s written or creative work, in whole or in part, into one’s own without adequate acknowledgement. If you are caught plagiarizing, you automatically receive a fail grade for the assignment and serious consideration will be taken to dismiss you from the entire course.
Do not surprise me.
I will not tolerate poor penmanship. If I cannot read your writing, I will not grade you work.
All cell phones must be turned off in my classroom. If you either send an SMS or answer a phone in the classroom, you will be asked to leave.