Watch the Orientation - General Information Video. Then take the General Orientation Quiz to prove you watched it. Use the script below and the "Need to translate this page?" option if you cannot understand the video.

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English Island Student Orientation

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  • Billy Satterwhite – Director
  • Eric Jan – Assistant School Director
  • Melina Mello – Office Manager
  • Student Support Specialists
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • PDSO / DSO
  • Student Services Coordinator
  • Registrar

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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)

Based on the The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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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.
  • Your classes will follow 1 of 2 schedules:
    • 1 general class (12 hours)
    • 1 general class (9 hours) + 1 specialty class (3 hours each)
  • Your class schedule depends on your level.

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Academic Calendar

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  • The grade for this course consists of the following elements:  
    • General Class
      • 30% Weekly quizzes
      • 35% Midterm
      • 35% Final
    • Specialty Classes
      • 40% Midterm
      • 60% Final
  • To move to the next level, you must have an overall average of 75 each term.  
  • 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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  • Non F-1 Visa Students
    • 12-hour program
    • Complete level 8
    • Certificate of completion

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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.
  • During online classes, students must have their camera turned on to receive attendance

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  • Classes are made up of periods.
  • 1 period = 90 minutes or 1.5 hours
  • You must arrive on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late to a period, your teacher will mark you “late” for that period.
  • Tardy + Tardy + Tardy = Absent for 1 period 
  • If you miss more than 0.5 a period, you will be marked absent for that period.
  • 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.

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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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Book Policy

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. 
  • You can buy your books from the school!
  • Teachers and students are not allowed to share photocopies or scans of the book.

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Island Time

“Island Time” = study and tutoring sessions.

Offered 1-2 times a week. 

Sometimes we do not have class because of a national holiday.

Students must attend 3 Island Time sessions per term to make up for a holiday.

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  • The English Island is a diverse international community.
  • We want all people to feel included and comfortable.
  • We support everyone, regardless of race, sex, gender, orientation, identity, religion, education level, nationality, ethnicity, and ability.
  • We expect students to be polite and considerate of others.

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Dress Code


  • Eye glasses
  • Religious headscarves
  • T-shirts, polo shirts, tunics
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dress shoes
  • Jeans, pants, slacks, skirts, dresses

Not OK

  • Clothing with offensive language and images
  • Bare feet
  • Very short shorts
  • Bathing suit tops
  • Completely visible underwear

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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.
  • If you are going to be here a long time, consider buying health insurance for international students. For information about insurance, see the PDSO, DSO, or Student Services Coordinator, or visit
  • COVID-19 Policy - 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 complaint,
    • Speak with administration 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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Thank you!