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Academic Calendar 2012-13

Academic Calendar 2012-13

2-STUDENT SERVICES

2-STUDENT SERVICES Chapter 2 CHAPTER TWO: STUDENT SERVICES ACADEMIC SERVICES & RESOURCES Academic services are provided to support the student learning process and to assist student success in courses and programs. Such services include, but are not limited to, study skills workshops, academic advising, library research workshops, writing tutorials, mentoring programs, career profiling, and a peer-tutoring service. Some of these services are centralized in “The Learning Centre,” as noted below. THE LEARNING CENTRE (Disability Services/Writing Lab/Math Lab/Peer Tutoring /Learning Strategies/Assistive Technology ) Coordinator: Barb Muio, Ext. 4221 learning@algomau.ca Learning Strategist/Assistive Technologist: Raquel Lehto, B.A., B.Ed., Ext. 4225 DISABILITY SERVICES Algoma University places emphasis on meeting the needs of all of its students. The University strives to ensure that all future developments accommodate those with special needs, including physical and learning disabilities, aiming to ensure a rich and full participation in university life by all students. To discuss your needs confidentially, contact Barb Muio, Disability Services Coordinator, directly or by email barb.muio@algomau.ca. LEARNING STRATEGIES/ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY The Learning Strategist is available to all students to help improve their time management skills, reading, notetaking, study habit, etc. and will introduce students to assistive technology. To access this service, please email raquel.lehto@algomau.ca. WRITING AND MATH LABS The Writing and Math Labs are a free service available to all students. The Writing Lab Instructor will meet with you one-on-one in a friendly environment to assist you with essay planning, to review written work with you, and to provide assistance with specific writing problems. The Math Lab is open to all students who need help with calculations, theories and formulas. For more information contact the Learning Centre (learning@algomau.ca). PEER TUTORING Learning from someone who has been recommended by a faculty member for the position of “peer tutor” is one way of increasing your understanding of challenging course material. The tutoring program provides individual and small-group tutoring for many courses. Our peer tutors are full-time senior students who have received 75% or greater in the course(s) they are tutoring. Students can receive 6 hours of free tutoring per course per semester. TRANSITION TO POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM This program is a free three-day transition to post-secondary program for recent high school graduates attending university in the new academic year. The aim of this program is to introduce students to campus and university life and prepare students for the educational journey ahead. For more information contact Raquel Lehto Learning Strategist/Assistive Technologist. ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ESL@Algoma English for Academic Purposes Office: Dr. Hanna Lin, Ph.D. Ext. 1035 or hanna.lin@algomau.ca or esl@algomau.ca Algoma University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) is a university-preparatory, non-credit program available to students who have met academic admission requirements, but require proof of language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL) to begin degree program studies. It is also available to learners who do not have English as their first language, but wish to upgrade language skills or study ESL for a short study period. There are five levels of ESL; students are tested to determine entry level. Once a student successfully completes Level Five with an overall average of 70% or higher, he or she is eligible to commence degree program studies. ESL@Algoma integrates all key language skills including grammar, writing, reading, listening, speaking and pronunciation into the curriculum with a specific focus on authentic learning. ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES (non-credit) ENGL 0001*: Foundation: non-credit, pre-academic English as a Second Language This course is an introduction to the basic elements of the English language. Emphasis will be placed on functional vocabulary, grammar, and basic written and spoken language. Pronunciation and specialized attention to oral language will also be covered. This introductory level prepares for the upper levels of pre-academic English and/or the required English “survival” skills. No prerequisite; this is a beginner-level course intended for students with limited knowledge of English. (SEM) ENGL 0002*: Intermediate I: non-credit, pre-academic English as a Second Language In this class students learn English conversation in everyday situations. For each function, students learn the appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation to help them listen, speak, and write. Students will listen to audio and video tapes that will model dialogues for them. Students will write about the themes and read their compositions to their classmates. Students will participate in pairs and small group work to give them more time to practice speaking. The language lab offers students additional time to listen to taped materials and to make recordings of their speech for playback. Emphasis is placed on providing the basic skills to solving language challenges through resources, instruction, and exposure to diverse activities and language usage. Prerequisite: ENGL 0001 or permission of the Registrar. (SEM) ENGL 0003*: Intermediate II: non-credit, pre-academic English as a Second Language The 0003 integrated classes will focus on themes related to school, social life, work, and leisure. With these themes, students will acquire natural and useful language for everyday situations and purposes. Thorough review of grammar will be used in the context of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Speaking skills include pronunciation exercises in the classroom and both speaking and listening will be practiced in the lab. By reading the daily newspaper and listening to educational broadcasts, students will recognize the meaning of words in context and understand the main ideas. Through small group activities, students will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking. Prerequisite: ENGL 0002 or permission of the Registrar. (SEM) 12 ALGOMA UNIVERSITY www.algomau.ca

Chapter 2 ENGL 0004*: Advanced I: non-credit, pre-academic English as a Second Language At this level, students are starting to look at how material is organized into patterns such as listing, cause/effect, and comparison/contrast. Each unit explores a different topic and is based on one of these patterns. Students will read about a topic, look at the organizational pattern that is used, learn the vocabulary that is related to the topic and the grammar and transitional words related to the organizational pattern. Sentence combining activities will help the student write more complex sentences that clearly show the relationships of increasingly complex ideas. Authentic materials such as newspapers, newscasts, and documentaries are used in listening and reading activities. Finally, speaking includes discussions, surveys, interviews, and presentation. These skills lead to cultural presentations or interviews in a local school. Prerequisite: ENGL 0003 or permission of the Registrar. (SEM) ENGL 0005**: Academic: non-credit, pre-academic English as a Second Language Level 0005 integrates the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and study skills. The intent is to view the English language as a means of communication and a tool to be used by students in the furthering of their education. Emphasis will be placed on meeting the academic requirements for entering first-year college or university. The class will be organized around units, each with a central theme taken from academic disciplines; and each incorporating a variety of research skills required for a Canadian university classroom. Students will incorporate what they learn in all of those activities for class assignments. While the necessary techniques of each skill area will still be taught, the students are expected to apply the knowledge in all other aspects of their language acquisition. Students will participate in comprehensive, interdisciplinary projects and activities. Completion of ENGL 0005 with 70% or better satisfies the English Language proficiency requirement for admission to undergraduate programs at Algoma University. Prerequisite: ENGL 0004 or permission of the Registrar. (SEM) * 60% or better is considered a passing grade for ENGL 0001 - 0004. Scores lower than 60% for ENGL 0001 – 0004 are not eligible to move into the next ESL level. ** 70% or better is considered a passing grade for ENGL 0005. www.algomau.ca INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES International Student Advisor: Mark Allard, B.A. Ext. 4238 or email: intlservices@algomau.ca www.algomau.ca/international Homestay Coordinator: Ext. 1035 or homestay@algomau.ca Algoma University recognizes the need for services that address our international students. Our goal is to provide each student with the necessary support to succeed academically, as well as socially and culturally. Services include Homestay, assistance with immigration-related inquiries, cultural events and activities, workshops and information sessions, student advocacy, as well as an orientation for international students. International students also have a representative on the Algoma University Students’ Union to ensure that international students have a voice in student affairs. Algoma Multicultural Student Association (AMSA) plays an important role on campus assisting students and creating a cultural awareness on campus. ACADEMIC ADVISING A) First-year of studies at Algoma University: All students in the first year of studies at Algoma University are offered an Academic advising session prior to the start of fall classes. The goals of academic advising include but are not limited to the development of an educational plan, career goals, selection of appropriate courses, interpretation of academic regulations, availability of academic resources services, and the evaluation of student progress towards their degree program. For students commencing in the winter or spring session, there are orientation sessions and one-on-one advising available. B) Returning or continuing studies at Algoma University: On completion of first-year at Algoma University and upon the declaration of a 3-year or 4-year major, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor. The Office of the Registrar issues advising information to returning students in the Winter Advising Information Package which is circulated in early February. For more information on academic advising services, contact: Ext. 4729 or advising@algomau.ca For information on registration, contact the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@algomau.ca ANISHINAABE INITIATIVES DIVISION/STUDENT SERVICES Anishinaabe Student Advisor: Sarah Crowell, B.A., or Mariah Atatise-Jourdain, B.A., Ext. 4815 or indigenous@algomau.ca Anishinaabe Events Coordinator: Margaret Neveau, Ext. 4816 or margaret.neveau@algomau.ca Anishinaabe Outreach Officer: Joanne Robertson, B.A., Ext. 3151 or joanne.robertson@algomau.ca Anishinaabe Student Services offers academic, social and cultural support to all Anishinaabe (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) students enrolled at Algoma University. The Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Association (SASA) provides both cultural and social events and support to students, an Anishinaabe Student Life Centre for studying and socializing and a computer lab with printer. There are seasonal ceremonies, an Elder-in-Residence program, Annual Elder’s Gathering and Annual Pow Wow in March. Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Association: Ext. 4718 or Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Association@algomau.ca ALGOMA UNIVERSITY 13 2-STUDENT SERVICES

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