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Below are the program policies for ESL / ELA. For additional information, please consult the ELA Student Orientation packet or contact ELA.

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A student will be required to attend both Summer sessions if he or she arrives in Spring semester before he/she become eligible to take Summer sessions as a vacation/break in the following year.


In order to make satisfactory progress, it is important to attend class regularly. The ability to be successful in the ESL program and move from one level to the next, as well as complete the program, depends on your attending classes every day. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be withdrawn from class and/or dismissed from the ESL program.

If you miss:

  • 2 days (8 hrs) - Verbal Warning
  • 4 days (16 hrs) - Written Warning by ELA Director
  • 5 days (20 hrs) - Overall Grade Dropped One Letter Score
  • 7 days (28 hrs) - Suspension from ESL/ELA


Also, you must arrive to class on time. This includes the beginning of class and after breaks when class resumes. If you are late 5-10 minutes for class, you will be marked tardy. Being tardy three times equals one hour of absence.


Not attending class or arriving to class more than 10 minutes late counts as an absence.

ELA has a strict policy on attendance and provides severe penalties to students who do not adhere to the rules of attendance. Students who do not adhere to the attendance policy will be dismissed from the program and the University which will result in the termination of their I-20.

View the complete attendance policy >> 

Academic Honesty

The ESL/ELA Program strictly adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy of the University. Cheating and plagiarism or assisting another student to commit these acts will not be tolerated. Any student found to be guilty of these acts will be punished to the full extent of the University’s policy regarding this offense.

Below are the definitions of what the University defines as acts of cheating and plagiarism:

  • Cheating is an act of dishonesty with the intention of obtaining and/or using information in a fraudulent manner.
  • Plagiarism is the act of taking and/or using the ideas, work, and/or writings of another person as one's own.

Students found guilty of either cheating or plagiarizing will be given an “F” on the assignment for the first offense and may not re-do the assignment. A second offense will result in failure of the course and/or the level and will be reported to the Director of ELA. Further infractions will be dealt with according to University policy. Consult the University Student Handbook for a full description of the Academic Integrity Policy.

Classroom Behavior

Students in the ESL/ELA Program come from all over the world and represent diverse and different cultures and societies. It is expected and required that all students interact and communicate with each other in a manner that reflects tolerance and respect toward each others background and experiences. Classroom discussions, activities, and interactions encourage free exchange of ideas and opinion but they must be stated with respect for other cultures, ethnicities, religions, races, and sexual orientation. Use of cellular phones in the classroom is strictly prohibited. Please turn off your phone before entering the classroom. Electronic devices such as translators and/or dictionaries are allowed with permission of the instructor. However, they must be set to function without any noises that may otherwise disturb the class or disrupt instruction, e.g., no beeping, loud volume for word pronunciation, etc.

Comments, Suggestions, and Testimonials

The faculty and staff of the ESL/ELA program are committed to providing you, the student, with the best possible instruction and experience available during your time with us at ASU. We welcome any comments, suggestions, or questions you may have that may lead to the improvement of ESL/ELA program. We would also like to read your positive remarks (testimonials) about the Center and the ESL/ELA program.

If you would like to make a comment or suggestion or give a testimonial, you may do so by completing the Comment/Suggestion/Testimonial form. To submit your thoughts, email the ESL/ELA director or download the form and drop it in the suggestion box next to the bulletin board on the 2nd floor of the International Student Center.

Download the Comments, Suggestions, and Testimonial form >>  

Communications and Announcements

Important announcements and general communication to students of Arkansas State University are sent via student e-mail. Therefore, all students must activate their student e-mail accounts and check e-mail periodically. Student services provided by the University, such as the library, Student Accounts, etc., only communicate to students via student e-mail. Students are ultimately responsible for keeping themselves informed.


Providing quality instruction for the betterment of students’ academic and social achievement at Arkansas State University is one of the primary goals of English Learning Academy (ELA). The Center’s director, faculty, and staff want you, the student, to be comfortable and confident that you are being provided the best experience in a nurturing and caring environment. In order to assure that your needs rae being met, students are asked to submit official complaints if they feel there is room for improvement in the program.

View the official complaint policy >>               Download the official complaint form >>  

IEP/ESL Program Grading

Students must complete all coursework and maintain an average course grade of 80% or higher on all assignments, quizzes, and exams given. You will be given reports and feedback from your instructors on your progress on a regular basis. Additionally, you will receive a mid-session and end of session grade report from your instructor. Review your grades and if there is a problem, consult with your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, you make contact the Director of ELA.

Advancement in the IEP/ESL Program

Advancement to the next level of the IEP/ESL Program or graduation from the program depends on the following:

  • Successful completion of all four (4) classes taken – Listening/Speaking (Oral Communication), Reading, Writing, and Grammar. Students must pass each course with a minimum of 80% or higher on all coursework, attendance, exams, and quizzes.
  • Upon completion of Level 5 of the IEP/ESL program, students may apply for admissions to undergraduate or graduate programs with no further English proficiency examination (i.e. TOEFL or IELTS scores) provided the meet the following requirement:
  • Completion of Level 5 of the IEP/ESL Program with 80% or higher proficiency – for undergraduate admissions
  • Completion of Level 5 of the IEP/ESL Program with 90% or higher proficiency – for graduate admissions and receive a passing grade in the International Graduate Bridge course – for graduate admission (grading for this course is pass/fail).

Students must also meet any additional admissions requirements required by the program of study in which they desire to matriculate.

English Use Policy

Speak English as much as possible! It’s important that you get the most out of your studies and time here in the IEP/ESL Program and your stay in the U.S. Don’t waste it all by not practicing your English skills. You have a great opportunity being here in the United States to meet people from all over the world and locally. However, if you only speak your native language it will be as if you never left your country. Take advantage of this opportunity and speak English whenever you can. Also, only English is allowed in IEP/ESL classes.