1. Is attendance compulsory? How many class hours do I have for absenteeism?
Yes, regular attendance is required in School of Foreign Languages. The upper limit for absenteeism is 40 (forty) class hours for each 10-week module. Each student has to attend %85 of the classes.
2. Is attendance taken even if any students do not attend the class or few students attend the class?
Yes, it is. It is compulsory to attend the classes. Moreover, students themselves are responsible for the classes they have missed.
3. Is attendance taken at the beginning or end of the module?
Yes, it is.
4. Is there any tolerance to absenteeism? For example, I am a successful student, but I have exceeded the upper limit for absenteeism, 40 (forty) class hours. Is there any chance to complete the module successfully?
No, there is not. It is significant to attend the classes because of the fact that all studies during the year mostly affect success.
5. For example, my absenteeism is 42(forty-two) class hours and because of the exceeded two hours, do I have to repeat the module?
Yes, you do.
6. Are medical reports valid for absenteeism?
No, they are not. If the students get a medical report for their health problems for more than 20 days, these reports are not accepted by an instructor. Students need to deliver the report to Student Affairs Desk of SFL. If the report is accepted, the hours of absenteeism related to the report days are deleted by Data Analysis Office. Course hours students have to attend for each level are declared by the administration. Students are responsible for monitoring and recording their own absenteeism.
7. Are medical reports valid for make-up exams? What exams are they valid for?
Yes, they are. You have to submit your medical report(s) to School of Foreign Languages Student Affairs within 5 (five) work days following the final date of the report. After that, you have to wait for the announcement of make-up exam on our website.
8. Do I have any chance of taking EYE if I exceed absenteeism limit?
No, you do not. Students who exceed absenteeism limit (40 class hours) are deemed to have failed that module. They have to repeat that course. Students of B1 can take EYE; students who complete A2 but do not complete B1 (B1+ for students of English Language and Literature) cannot take this exam. B1 students who fail due to absenteeism cannot take this exam.
9. Can a friend or a student from other classes attend our lesson as a guest student?
No, he/she cannot.
10. Can I bring any food or drink to classroom but for water?
No, you cannot.
11. Can I change my class if I do not like it or if I have a problem about my level?
No, you cannot change your class if you do not like it. However, if you have a problem about your level, you should talk to your lecturer or the respective coordinator.
12. What are the criteria for students with vertical or lateral transfer?
Attendance limit is less than 40 class hours. There will not be any make-up exams for the quiz or portfolio assignments given so far, as required by the official SFL Instructions.
13. Can I use any classrooms to study lesson, read a book, and use the internet when they are empty?
No, you cannot.
14. Can I attend the class if I am late?
No, you cannot.
15. Can I attend the class if I forget to bring my books?
No, you cannot.
16. What do I have to do if my absenteeism is higher than I have expected?
You have to submit your petition to School of Foreign Languages Student Affairs on the same day.
17. What is ‘Voluntary Preparatory Year’?
Students of academic units of which education language is either completely Turkish or including classes in foreign language as well as being a Turkish department enrols preparatory class voluntarily. These students have to give their petitions to SFL Students Affairs Office at least 7 days before Proficiency Exam and take the placement exam. Duration of education for voluntary students is one academic year, and it cannot be counted as a part of duration of these students’ academic program.
Voluntary students who either completes preparatory year successfully or fails continues their education in their own academic units. But those who fail cannot take elective courses in foreign language; they can take only Turkish ones.
Those who have completed voluntary preparatory year successfully are exempted from foreign language lessons in their own academic programs.
18. What is ‘Compulsory Preparatory Year’?
Duration of education is one academic year. Preparatory year cannot be counted as a part of duration of these students’ academic unit. Students who completes compulsory preparatory year successfully continue their education in their academic units. But the conditions for those who fails are mentioned below:
(a) Students who completes the second mid-term with A2 level but don’t have the right to take the EYE and as a result fails can attend summer school upon their own request. If they are successful at the end of summer school exam, they complete the compulsory preparatory summer school.
(b) Students who fail the EYE can take the placement test and Proficiency Exam at the beginning of the following academic year. If they fail the exam, they have the right to choose to begin the education of their own academic program upon their request. These students have to give a petition of their decision whether they continue preparatory year or not, to SFL Administration in the first five days following the declaration of Proficiency Exam scores.
(c) Students have a right to improve their foreign language abilities and take the Proficiency Exam at the beginning and at the end of the autumn term.
(d) Students who fail but complete compulsory school attendance can change their academic program in another university or at Karabük University on their request, on condition that education language of the academic program is Turkish and both program are equivalent. If there is not an equivalent department, students enroll in similar department. But student’s point of university entrance exam cannot be below the base point of the chosen department.
Students who fail at the end of the second preparatory year lose their right to begin the education of their academic program; they enroll in other academic programs in another university or at Karabük University by "Measuring, Selection and Placement Center” on condition that education language of the academic program is Turkish and both programs are equivalent. If there is not an equivalent department, students enroll in a similar department. But student’s point of university entrance exam cannot be below the base point of the chosen department.
19. What does Language Level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 mean?
The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:
• Basic Speaker
o A1 Breakthrough or beginner
o A2 Waystage or elementary
• Independent Speaker
o B1 Threshold or intermediate
o B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
• Proficient Speaker
o C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
o C2 Mastery or proficiency
The Common European Framework describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level:
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
20. What about exams and evaluation?
Students’ foreign language abilities are tested classified with this exam. These students are mentioned below:
* Students who enrolled in compulsory preparatory program for the first time or with lateral/vertical transfer.
* Students who have one compulsory preparatory year education but failed due to the academic inefficiency or absence in the courses during the year and have to repeat preparatory year.
* Volunteer students to have preparatory education whose academic program does not have compulsory preparatory education.
ATTENTION: Placement test is not the Proficiency Exam. Each student has to take placement test.
*Proficiency Exam is given at the beginning of the academic year and at the end of the autumn term.
*The passing grade of Proficiency Exam for students of English Language and Literature is 70, and 65 for other academic program with education language in partly or completely Turkish.
*Students of A1 and A2 level cannot take Proficiency Exam at the end of the autumn term.
*Students who have minimum points of the exams such as TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL with international validity or exams arranged are exempt from compulsory preparatory year and compulsory foreign language of their academic programs without Proficiency Exam. Minimum points students are required to get are in table below.
*For students of English Language and Literature
*Each level consists of different evaluation methods and processes.
*At the end of the evaluation process, it is identified whether the students pass the next level.
*The points that students get at each level comprise their total success average.
If student’s performance during the level % 60 = ≤ 30 ; this level is repeated.
performance during the level + exam at the end of the term %60 + %40 = ≤ 64 ; this level is repeated.
performance during the level + exam at the end of the term 60 + %40 = ≥ 65 , student can pass the next level.
End of Year Exam (EYE)
* It is given at the end of the academic year.
* It evaluates listening, speaking, reading writing skills, language usage and vocabulary.
* Its share in grade-point average of preparatory year is %40.
* If the students get 50 points or more, this point and their points of the level exams are estimated and the result shows whether they completed preparatory year successfully or not.
* Students of B1 (B1+ or students of English Language and Literature) can take this exam; students who complete A2 but don’t complete B1 (B1+ or students of English Language and Literature) cannot take this exam.
*B1 (B1+ or students of English Language and Literature) students who fail due to absenteeism cannot take this exam.
End of Year Make-up Exam
* Students who don’t take or fail the EYE can take End of Year Make-up Exam.
Excuse Examinations (for mid-term exams)
* Students who haven’t taken mid-term exams and whose excuse is accepted by the related administrative unit have a right to take excuse examination.
* Students who want to take this exam are required to hand in the document defining their excuse to the related administration office in five days following the end of the condition of this excuse.
*Students who have represented the university and Turkey in internationally, and missed the end of year exam or end of year make-up exam may be given a right to take excuse exam during these organizations or preparatory camp process.
ATTENTION: There is no excuse examination for quizzes and end of level exams.