TESOL Certificate Course Policies
Students in the course often research course topics using other resources, such as the Internet, articles, textbooks, etc. If a student uses information contained from such resources in the Online Discussion Forum, it is crucial that this student give proper credit to that source. As always, it is also crucial to include your own thoughts, ideas, examples, and/or experiences in the Online Discussion Forum in order to demonstrate your understanding of the topic at hand. All work submitted must represent your original work.
Failing to give proper credit to resources is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s ideas or words and offering them as one's own words or ideas Plagiarism and/or falsification are serious matters, and may result in complete resubmission of the assignment, a grade of F for the assignment, or failure of the course. To avoid plagiarism, we must give proper credit to the resources that we use.
Giving proper credit to a book and/or article:
- The authors name(s) and the copyright date:
- Example: "(Nunan, 1999)." or "According to Nunan (1999)..."
- If you do not know the author, you can add the name of the book/article and the copyright date.
- Example: (Second Language Teaching and Learning, 1999)
- If you do not know the date, you can add the author and the name of the book/article.
- Example: (Nunan, Second Language Teaching and Learning)
Giving proper credit to an Internet source:
- Please include a link or web address as well as any of the information listed above.
All work submitted must represent your original work. Outside sources used as references must be documented to reveal the source and the extent to which that source has been used. Plagiarism and/or falsification are serious matters, and may result in complete resubmission of the assignment, a grade of F for the assignment or failure of the course.
- Since this is an Internet-based course, there are several "rules" that are necessary to discuss in order to keep the focus on the topic and the course moving toward its desired objectives.
- There will be NO personal attacks, sarcasm, or other activities that might affect the conduct of the class. Any such action will mean immediate dismissal from the course.
- Students will be expected to participate in all class discussions.
- Use of Names. Since this is an e-learning class environment, experience has taught us that a degree of formality is necessary to keep the class moving in the desired direction. One way to keep classroom decorum is the use of names in the e-class environment. Please specify how you wish to be addressed during the e-class environment.
Effective Communication in the Classroom
Please review the guidelines for successful communication in the Online Classroom and the Discussion Forum in the interests of improving communication in our virtual community. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow these guidelines at all times.