Remote classes at English Studies in winter term 2020/21
- When and how the classes will be held
1.1. The classes are scheduled on particular days and times. Teachers have the right to expect students to be present for the classes on the platform where their classes are held.
1.2. Teachers organise their classes in the following forms:
- a) direct contact (videoconference);
- b) individual work with each student (regular assignment of tasks, feedback with individual remarks and recommendations sent to students);
- c) assigning tasks to groups of students (e.g. watching a pre-recorded presentation, reading and analysis of a text, online test);
1.3. Classes such as practical classes, conversation classes and proseminars are held in at least two of these forms, thanks to which teachers can monitor students’ attendance and also track their progress through the course curriculum on a regular basis.
1.4. Lectures can be held as videoconferences or pre-recorded (audio and/or video) presentations sent to students.
1.5. During videoconferences, students are obliged to use their microphones and actively participate in the classes. Using video cameras is recommended, at least when answering teacher’s questions or taking part in a discussion.
1.6. Our recommendation for students is: complete your assignments on a regular basis. It is best to do your tasks during the classes, as this will make your remote work during this term easier.
2.1. Regardless of the form of the classes, teachers will record students’ attendance in the classes or completion of the task assigned in a given week. Such records allow students to get a credit for attendance.
2.2. Absence from classes is understood as lack of contact with the student during a given week (absence from an online meeting or failure to send an assignment set for that week).
2.3. Teachers keep a record of the attendance of individual students in classes on an ongoing basis.
2.4. In the case of absence from more than two classes in a term, a student is obliged to submit a medical certificate.
2.5. If a student has missed more than two classes in a term, the teacher may, regardless of the reason for student’s absence, assign additional tasks to the student as a way to complete the entire course curriculum.
2.6. In the case of prolonged inability to attend classes due to technical reasons, the student is obliged to immediately notify the Head of the Institute of English Studies, who will devise an individual procedure to enable the student to complete and get a credit for all courses.
2.7. Teachers are not obliged to record the attendance at lectures. However, regular attendance at lectures is strongly recommended, and absence cannot be an excuse for difficulties in completing the curriculum and obtaining a credit.
3.1. A credit for each course shall be given according to the rules established by the teacher and communicated to students.
3.2 A credit is obtained on the basis of regular attendance at classes, individually assessed and timely completed tasks, and/or a final check (test).
- E-mail contact and online platforms for classes
4.1. Students are obliged to use the e-mail accounts set up by the University of Lodz.
4.2. Students can contact their teachers using e-mail addresses that are published on the website of the Institute of English Studies (these are usually firstname.lastname@example.org).
4.3. The University of Lodz recommends using Microsoft Teams or Moodle for online classes, but teachers can decide to hold their classes on other platforms. Depending on the content of study, classes can be held using more than one platform.
4.4. Each teacher should inform students at the beginning of the term which platforms will be used for the classes. However, in case of technical problems, this choice may change during the semester.
4.5. If it is necessary for a student to set up a free account in order to participate in the classes on the platform chosen by the teacher, the student is obliged to set up such an account. Due to personal data protection, the student may set up such an account by providing fictitious data, but s/he must inform the teacher about such fake data. In order to create such an account, the student can use a different e-mail address.
- Teachers’ office hours
5.1. An e-mail or a videoconference is a recommended form of meeting teachers for consultation, subject to prior appointment.
5.2. In exceptional situations, an appointment with a teacher can be made in the Faculty of Philology building, in line with the applicable OHS guidelines.
Basic language errors influencing the assessment of written assignments
in the Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódź
Considering the need to improve the language skills of English Philology students, we have decided to introduce a system encouraging all of you to monitor your linguistic performance. The system will be applicable only to written assignments (i.e. essays, theses, written tests and exams). The Institute’s Teaching Issues Team has produced a catalogue of low-level errors which we observe in written works prepared by our students, who are expected to represent a much higher level of English. We strongly believe that you are fully able to avoid such errors and the fact that we observe them in written assignments proves that we need a system which will encourage you to pay more attention to your English. The system applies to all classes except the practical ones (PNJA, Writing), where language mistakes have always influenced the grade.
- Lack of the verbal –s ending for the third person singular (*when he sleep) or its presence in the plural (*brothers goes)
- Incorrect structure of a complex verb phrase (*it didn’t occurred, *did you started, *you should understood, *he began built, *that ever been, *I will asked you)
- No article whatsoever before a countable singular noun (*language has tendency to change, *Idea of standarised language is too complex)
- Incorrect form of a demonstrative pronoun (*that times, *this brothers)
- Incorrect form of an irregular verb (*he sleeped/sleept, *he has went)
- Incorrect plural form of an irregular noun (*womans, *womens)
- Incorrect form of the verb to be (*brothers was)
- No –s ending in the plural (*three part)
- The –s ending in an uncountable noun (*offsprings)
- Replacing English words with their Polish equivalents (*Abraham and his potomstwo)
MA level: all of the above and
- Word order other than SVO (*Then went he to meet them)
- Incorrect sequence of tenses in indirect speech (*He said he is from Poland)
- Incorrect structure of conditional sentences (*When it will happen, …)
- Two errors from the list decrease the result by 5%, i.e. when there are 2 errors of any kind in a given assignment (2 errors, not 2 categories of errors, the errors may all belong to the same category), the result is lowered by 5% (proportionally to the grading system that the teacher follows). The first error has no consequences (we assume it may be a slip of the tongue), 4 errors lower the grade by 10%, etc.
- In the case of in-class assignments (test, final test, exam), the grade may be lowered by the maximum of 20%; there are no limitations for assignments prepared at home (which means that you can fail an assignment because of cardinal language errors, even if the contents of the paper are acceptable).
- The winter semester 2020/2021 is “a warning semester” for all the students, i.e. the teachers start to mark the basic errors in written assignments but there are no consequences (the grade is not lowered but you will be informed what grade you would get for such performance if the system was operative).
- Starting with the summer semester 2020/2021, the basic mistakes start to decrease grades.
- For 1st-year BA students the winter semester will always be “a warning semester”