If you want to learn English, you must use English. The more you use it, the more you learn it.
CultureWorks strives to create an inclusive environment. English is the language that all students share. Using English includes everyone. Using other languages can exclude some people.
- You are expected to use only English in class and on extracurricular activities (except in cases of emergency).
- English usage counts toward your participation marks for all classes. If you use only English, your participation will improve. If you do not use only English, your participation mark will go down.
- If you use a language other than English in class or on an activity, a teacher can require you to write a paragraph to explain why you chose to use that language. This will be followed up with a meeting between you and the teacher.
- If a problem with English usage persists, a meeting will be set up with the Principal to determine necessary corrective measures.
- Lateness is counted as an absence.
- You are expected to attend all classes. At every 15 absences, you will be notified by the Principal, and the Registrar will inform your sponsor of the attendance issue (if applicable).
- CultureWorks strongly discourages used textbooks in our classes. We believe that the best learning experience comes from doing exercises in the books yourself; learning from your own mistakes is a faster way to learn than having books with answers written in them.
- Teachers will not teach from old editions of textbooks, so you must have the newest edition to follow the lessons and maximize your learning. Please make sure to follow the current booklists carefully.
Academic Honesty is important at both CultureWorks and any Canadian post-secondary institution. We want you to have the best possible learning experience and gain a deep understanding of the norms and values of Canadian academic culture.
What is Academic Honesty?
Academic Honesty is when the work that you do at CultureWorks is your own and you have referenced all of the sources you have used.
Academic honesty does not mean that students cannot work with classmates or look for information on the internet or in a book. Group work is a part of Canadian academic culture, and questions are important to your learning. If you need help, it is important to find the information. However, make sure you understand that what you are giving your teachers needs to be your own work.
What is Academic Dishonesty?
- Presenting someone else’s work as your own (for example, friends helping you with assignments, copying an assignment from a classmate or another person, and copying from the internet or from a textbook)
- Using other’s ideas as your own and not referencing the sources (for example, copying from the internet with no reference, copying from a textbook/newspaper/magazine with no reference, and translating an article from one language into English)
- Using other’s structures (sentences, paragraph or essay) as your own (for example, using a translator to only change a few words in a sentence/paragraph and submitting it as your own)
- Memorizing work and submitting it as your own (for example, memorizing an article and coming to class and writing a test, and memorizing information from the Internet or a book for a class presentation)