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English Island Student Orientation

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  • Billy Satterwhite – Director
  • Eric Jan – Assistant School Director
  • Melina Mello – Office Manager
  • Jennifer Hickman-Ronquillo – Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ricky Prior – PDSO
  • Gloria Chan – DSO
  • Meg Otto Altman – Student Services Coordinator
  • Greg Wallace - Registrar

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  • Why are you studying English?
  • What is most important for you to learn?
  • Have you studied English before? Where? When?
  • What about studying English is most difficult for you?
  • What do you like about English?

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Teaching Method

  • Integrated skills classes
    • Speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • Communicative
    • Focused on student speaking
  • Task-based
    • Using English to do things like purchase food at a restaurant or return an item to the store

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  • TEI Speaking Test and Ventures/Keynote Written Test
  • Basic Literacy (1A-1B)
  • Low Beginning (2A-2B)
  • High Beginning (3A-3B)
  • Low Intermediate (4A-4B)
  • High Intermediate (5A-5B)
  • Advanced B2 (6A-6B)
  • Advanced C1 (7A-7B)
  • Advanced C2 (8A-8B)

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Class Schedule

  • Terms are 6 weeks long. Every 6 weeks, you take a test to move up to the next level.
  • 1 general class (12 hours)
  • 2 specialty classes (3 hours each)
    • Grammar
    • Conversation
    • Pronunciation
    • Business English
    • Vocabulary (Phrasal Verbs, Academic Vocabulary)
    • Reading

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Academic Calendar

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  • Class grades come from weekly quizzes (30%), a midterm (35%), and your final exam (35%). 
  • American grading scale
    • A 90-100
    • B 89-80
    • C 75-79
    • D 74-70
    • F 69 and below
  • Must have a 75 or higher weighted overall average to pass each level and move up.  If you make lower than 75, you have failed the level and must take it again. If you continue to fail classes, you can be dismissed from our program.   
  • You will get a grade report every 3 weeks to see your progress.
  • You will meet with your teacher every 6 weeks to discuss your academic progress.

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  • 12-hour program
  • Complete level 8
  • Certificate of completion


  • 18-hour program (F-1 visa students)
  • Complete level 8
  • Program diploma

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  • Attendance=how often you come to class
  • Procedures
    • When you come to class each day, you must sign in with your name and the time you arrive.
    • You must come to class on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, your teacher will mark you “late.”
    • 3 times late equals 1 absence.
    • If you miss more than half a class, you will be marked absent.
  • During online classes, students must have their camera turned on to receive attendance

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  • Attend all classes.
    • If you know in advance you will be absent, tell your teacher. You will be responsible for the work covered in class and the homework.
    • If you are absent due to illness or emergency, contact the school. You are still responsible for the work covered in class and the homework.
    • You must have 80 percent overall attendance each term.  If you have 3 terms with less than 80 percent attendance, you will be dismissed from school and can lose your visa.  

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Everyone must participate in class. If some students are distracting, then it makes it hard for everyone to learn. Your teacher may mark you absent if:

  • you regularly speak a language other than English
  • you use a cell phone for things other than class activities
  • you leave class often or for long amounts of time
  • you don’t pay attention to teacher instructions and it interrupts class
  • online: if you’re in a car, cooking, shopping, watching TV, talking to other people, or keep your camera off/muted
  • anything else that makes class difficult for everyone

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All students must buy the books for their classes. (General class= student book and workbook. Specialty classes= student book)

  • Your first term, we will be a little flexible, but you still need to order books as soon as possible. 
  • It is illegal to have or use photocopies or scans of the book.

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All current classes are in-person.

If the administration decides it is necessary for public health, we will return to online classes.

Online classes will use the program Zoom.

We recommend you use a computer, but you may also use a tablet or phone if you must.

Your teacher will send you a Zoom link to access your class video call.

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American Classrooms

  • Talk about school in your country.
    • How many students were in classes?
    • Was it strict or relaxed?
    • Did you have uniforms?
    • Did you like school? Why or why not?
    • How do you think our school will be different? The same?
  • Group work is encouraged except on tests.
  • Teachers sometimes use their first names.
  • There is lots of discussion between teachers and students.

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Dress code


  • Eye glasses
  • Religious headscarves
  • T-shirts, polo shirts
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dress shoes
  • Finger-tip-length or longer shorts
  • Tank tops with wide straps
  • Jeans or pants worn at waist height


  • Sunglasses
  • Baseball hats
  • Shirts with offensive language and images
  • Bare feet
  • Very short shorts (Daisy dukes)
  • Bathing suit tops or tank tops with bra straps showing
  • Sagging jeans/pants that show underwear

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  • Payment – Verbally in person or by phone
  • Attendance – Verbally in person
  • Activities and Surveys – by email
  • Inclement weather - by phone or text message

Please check your voicemail and email every few days

If you do not have text capabilities, let us know

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Health Insurance and US Healthcare

  • Visiting the doctor in the US is expensive ($120-150 per visit before labs and tests.)
  • Health insurance is not required, but strongly suggested.
  • To save money, visit urgent care clinics before visiting the hospital emergency room.

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TEI COVID-19 Policies

  • COVID-19 vaccination is not required, but it is strongly encouraged.
  • Respect social distancing at the school.
  • Clean classroom before leaving.
  • If you are exposed to COVID-19:
    • Isolate and get tested.
    • If you test positive, stay home until you test negative.
    • You can come to class if you test negative and have no symptoms, but you must wear a KN95 mask for 5 days.

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Student Activities

  • Run by the Student Services Coordinator
  • Monthly activities 
  • At the school and off-campus
  • Updated activities calendar posted in the school and on our website
  • Past activities 
    • Visits to local festivals
    • Picnics in the park
    • Potluck lunches/dinners
    • Conversation club

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  • If you have a visa or immigration question, 
    • Contact Ricky and Gloria at
  • If you have a personal or emotional problem or have a question about a student activity
    • Contact the Student Services Coordinator, Meg, at
  • If you have a technology problem during online classes,
    • Contact the Registrar, Greg, at
  • If you have a complaint,
    • Speak with your teacher or the School Director if the complaint is less serious.
    • For formal complaints, fill out a form in the Complaint Binder at the front desk.
  • For a list of useful information for current students,
    • visit Student Resources –

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Rules for Success

  • Respect your investment
  • English at all times
  • Study at least 1 hour a day and do all homework
  • Patience
  • Everyone matters
  • Come to all classes and arrive on time
  • Teamwork and tolerance

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