Basic Language Program Course Policies:


Grades are assigned based upon the ten-point grading scale:   

    B+ 87-89.99 C+ 77-79.99 D+ 67-69.99    
A 93-100 B 83-86.99 C 73-76.99 D 63-66.99 F 0-59.99
A- 90-92.99 B- 80-82.99 C- 70-72.99 D- 60-62.99    


In order to effectively and efficiently learn any language, it is necessary to hear, read, speak and write in that language as often as possible. Students should expect to speak and be spoken to in the target language from the moment they arrive in the classroom. Students should also attempt to speak in the target language with their instructor and each other as much as possible outside of the classroom.

Mistakes are an expected part of the process; therefore, students are encouraged to use class time to practice what they are studying. Your instructor will assist you in developing alternative techniques for communication, including effective use of circumlocution, pantomime, and visual aids. 


"The presence of a student's name on any work submitted in completion of an academic assignment is considered to be an assurance that the work and ideas are the result of the student's own intellectual effort, stated in his or her own words, and produced independently, unless clear and explicit acknowledgment of the sources for the work and ideas is included (with the use of quotation marks when quoting someone else’s words). This principle applies to papers, tests, homework assignments, ... and other assignments." (Code of Academic Conduct of Tulane University).

Note that "unless explicitly allowed by the instructor, electronic devices (such as cell phones, notebooks, calculators, etc.) are not allowed to be out of backpacks or purses during quizzes and exams. These electronic devices must be packed away and turned off. Any student who is caught with one of these devices out will have his/her test taken and will be charged with the Honor Code violation of cheating."

Any violations of this code of academic honesty and integrity will be dealt with strictly. Some examples of violations of the Code of Academic Conduct in language courses include:

  • The use of translation software (such as (cheating via unauthorized study guide)
  • Having another student edit your work without the explicit permission of the instructor (cheating)
  • Using the Internet or a book to prepare an assignment without citing the source, both within the written assignment and through an accompanying bibliography (plagiarism)
  • Not using quotation marks and parenthetical citation for any direct use of three or more words strung together by another source (plagiarism)
  • Translation from one language into another without citing the original source (plagiarism)

See for a complete copy of the Code of Academic Conduct.


The department is committed to providing equal access and a friendly environment for students in need of accommodations for learning differences or disabilities. However, it is the responsibility of the student to register with the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility and to submit all required documentation to the instructor so that they can be accommodated. A student who has NOT registered with the Goldman Center does not have the right to demand accommodations nor are accommodations retroactive. The Goldman Center can be contacted by telephoning 504-862-8433 or by stopping by their offices in the Science and Engineering Lab Complex. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Tulane’s Academic Success Center (TASC), which offers free tutoring, are located in this building as well.

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Active and regular participation by all students is essential, and students should take advantage of class time to develop their interpretive and interpersonal skills via active engagement in class. This includes engaging one’s peers in group activities, asking relevant and insightful questions, and taking an active role in practice activities.


Good preparation will make an enormous difference in how comfortable the student will feel in class, how well he or she will be able to follow the class and how much he or she will take from this course in the long run. Just showing up to class is not enough; students need to review, study and practice before and after class. Students are expected to come prepared to each class having completed any written homework tasks, worked with the on-line materials as relevant, and carefully read the pages in the textbook which are assigned for that day.


It is Tulane University policy that "students are expected to attend all classes unless they are ill or prevented from attending by exceptional circumstances." Regular attendance is essential to successful completion of language courses.

Regular absenteeism will negatively affect a student’s grade, in large part because class work and discussion are substantial components of student learning at this level. Under reasonable circumstances (see exceptions below), students may miss no more than the equivalent of one week of class sessions (i.e. 4 class meetings in a lower level language class). Any additional absences will substantially reduce the student's class participation grade and will negatively affect a student's final grade. 

Excessive Absenteeism: Any student who misses more than one week of class time may be administratively withdrawn from the class, possibly with a grade of Withdraw Failing. After two weeks total of missed classes and two absence reports to the student's Dean's office, the student will be withdrawn.


  • University representation: A student who is representing the University in an official capacity must present his or her instructor with relevant documentation from the program he or she is representing in advance of his or her absence.
  • Religious observations: Absences due to the observance of a religious celebration will not be counted against a student. However, days of travel prior to or after the recognized religious holiday will not be considered part of that religious celebration.
  • Personal circumstances: For absences due to hospitalization, communicable and/or extreme illness or matters of a familial or personal nature, consult directly and promptly with your professor. In the event that a personal circumstance is affecting a student's ability to perform in his or her classes, the student should consult with his or her dean's office on how to proceed. Due to federal privacy regulations, students are not required to provide written documentation of their illnesses; however, they are expected to act in a responsible manner and attend class when they are well enough to do so.


No late work will be accepted—missed assignments (including quizzes, exams, and essays) will be calculated as zeroes. Students should consult the course calendar for due dates & plan accordingly.

In the event of an excused absence, the affected student is responsible for making arrangements to complete any missed work in a timely manner. It is not the instructor's responsibility to follow up with the student.


The use of electronic devices during class time is permitted ONLY when integrated into a lesson and should be limited to only those resources that enhance language study, facilitate note taking or relate directly to classroom activities. Non course-related technology use (such as texting, sending e-mails, updating social media websites and engaging in other non-relevant activities) is prohibited. The use of technology is prohibited during the mid-term and final exams and may be integrated into assessments only if indicated by the instructor. Please note that instructors reserve the right to implement their own policies regarding electronic devices according to their classroom needs.


ALL students who wish to enroll in a language course must complete and submit the online placement form in order to register for a language course. The online placement form is available for all continuing and incoming students who have a valid Tulane User ID and password.  The log-in page for the form can be accessed at the following secure site:


The Basic Language Program actively support's Tulane's One Wave policy and discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in our classrooms. Please see the onewave website for more details: “Tulane University recognizes the inherent dignity of all individuals and promotes respect for all people. As such, Tulane is committed to providing an environment free of all forms of discrimination including sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence like sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. If you (or someone you know) has experienced or is experiencing these types of behaviors, know that you are not alone. Resources and support are available: you can learn more at  Any and all of your communications on these matters will be treated as either “Confidential” or “Private” as explained in the chart below. Please know that if you choose to confide in me I am mandated by the university to report to the Title IX Coordinator, as Tulane and I want to be sure you are connected with all the support the university can offer. You do not need to respond to outreach from the university if you do not want."

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