Institute Of English

The goal of the Institute of English is to help students improve their English language skills so they can achieve their academic and life goals. Upon graduation from the Institute of English College Bridge/Advanced English Program, students will be able to:

- Identify / use a variety of written styles in order to be successful in college writing assignments
- Recognize / use strategies enhancing vocabulary and college-level reading comprehension skills
- Use effective academic listening, note-taking, and study skills
- Participate fully and effectively in class discussions and presentations
- Use appropriate and accurate grammatical forms and structures in written and oral communication
- Interpret, analyze, and communicate ideas and information for academic purposes

Advising Issues Related to Current SCIE students


Current SCIE students will register differently, depending on their level. Specific registration dates and times will be included in the weekly E-News, and provided to students in class.

All students must bring photo ID (for example, a student card, driver license, Washington State ID, etc.) in order to register. Remember that the tuition and fee payment is due within 7 business days of registration (if you are a third-party sponsored student, the payment is handled differently. Please see information on third-party sponsored students).

In Spring Quarter, SCIE will offer registration for Summer Quarter and early registration for Fall Quarter. Level 4, 5 and 6 students will have the opportunity to register online for Summer and/or Fall Quarters. Levels 1 – 3 students can register for Summer Quarter, or for Fall Quarter if they have an approved Vacation or Leave of Absence request on file for Summer.

ESL Only & College Programs

Although most students studying in the Institute of English plan to complete a degree at Seattle Central, there are students here primarily to study English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL-only students will finish their program once they complete both Advanced College Bridge (CB6) and Advanced Academic Writing (AW6), as well as Lecture Comprehension & Discussion (for students who tested into the program at the College Bridge 5 (CB5) level or lower).

Students studying ESL only who would like to continue in college classes must submit a Change of Program form and meet with their primary advisor. During the meeting, the advisor will discuss various options at Seattle Central and make arrangements to update the student’s SEVIS record to reflect the new program of study.

Changing Classes (Add/Drop)

Here are the SCIE policies regarding changing classes (Add/Drop):

Returning students: Once returning students have registered for the upcoming quarter, they can make changes to their schedules up until the final registration deadline (registration deadlines are posted on-line and in the International Student Center each quarter), if space is available and the class is not a repeat class with the same instructor.

New students: New students may not make changes to their classes in their first quarter.

Level changes for new students: Level changes are for new students in levels 1-5 only, and are done ONLY by teacher recommendation based on the results of an in-class diagnostic test or essay given on the first day or two of the quarter. Because placement in ESL levels is based on test results and instructors’ assessments of English language proficiency, student requests to change levels cannot be considered.

Other class changes: Once the quarter begins, student-requested class changes are not permitted, except in cases where a student is repeating a class with the same instructor and space is available in another section.


You must buy the required textbooks for your classes during the first few days of the quarter and bring them to class each day. Be sure to keep your bookstore receipts and write in your textbooks only in pencil for the first week of class in case you need to change your class and want to exchange your books. If your books are clean and still in good condition, you may be able to re-sell your textbooks back to the bookstore or to another student at the end of the quarter.


SCIE Policies

Student Responsibilities and Behavioral Expectations in SCIE

You are responsible for your own learning and academic success at SCIE. To be successful, you will need to do the following:

1. Make sure you have provided the IP office a valid email address. This is the primary way IP advisors and SCIE staff communicate with you. If our attempt at providing you a written warning or notice fails because you have not provided a correct email address, your address is no longer valid, your mailbox is full, or you do not regularly check your email, the program will not be held responsible for your not receiving our communications.

2. Follow the SCIE Attendance Policy: Attend all your classes every day, and come to class on time.
a. If you are experiencing an illness or emergency that will cause you to be absent from class, miss a test or due date for an important assignment, always be sure to communicate with your teacher! E-mail is the fastest and most secure way to contact your instructors.
b. Students with excessive absences will fail their classes and will not be allowed to repeat. Students not allowed to repeat a course are suspended from SCIE. For more details, see the “Attendance in SCIE Classes” section below.

3. Bring your book and required materials to class each day. You are expected to purchase all the required textbooks and materials for each of your SCIE classes during the first few days of the quarter, and bring them to class each day. Not buying or bringing your books to class will hurt your grades and limit your ability to fully participate, learn, and make academic progress in your classes. If you repeatedly come to class without your required text, your teacher may ask you to leave the class and not return until you have a textbook. If you choose to buy your textbooks online, you must still have them by the first few days of the quarter. Please do NOT bring a photocopy of any textbook to class. Photocopying books is illegal and a violation of international copyright laws.

4. Make an effort to learn and pass your classes. To do this, you need to:
a. Do all your homework assignments and submit them on time.
b. Participate in class discussions and activities.
c. Study for your quizzes and tests; attend and arrive to class on time on test days.

5. ALWAYS do your own work. Do not copy from your friend, relative, classmate or from a book or the internet.
Copying (including memorizing) someone else’s work and pretending it is your own is cheating and a serious academic crime. You will get a zero (0.0) grade for your work and may face disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from SCIE.

6. TURN OFF your cell phone and other electronic devices and put them away before class starts. Texting, listening to music, surfing, shopping, and talking on the phone during class is disruptive and considered extremely rude. Your instructor has the right to take your cell phone away from you if you are caught using it in class when it is not allowed. Other electronic devices such as iPads, electronic dictionaries and translators may be used in class ONLY with instructor permission. If you are caught using an electronic device during a test and your teacher has not given you permission to do so, you will get a zero (0.0) on that test with no chance to take it again.

7. Always participate appropriately in class and show respect to all faculty, staff and fellow classmates.
- Do not sleep in class.
- Do not talk when the teacher or another student is talking. In the U.S., talking while someone else is talking is considered rude and disrespectful.
- Do not laugh at or criticize other students when they make mistakes.
- Speak only English in class.
- Treat people of other genders, backgrounds, countries, races and religions with the same respect you expect them to show you.

8. NO food or drink allowed in class unless your instructor approves it. If food and/or drink is allowed in your class, always clean up after yourself before leaving the room at the end of class.

9. NO SMOKING inside any Seattle Central buildings (including bathrooms), or near the entrances to buildings; this includes sidewalks and outside staircases. DO NOT smoke less than 50 feet (15.5 meters) from any SCC entrance. Please use the smoking shelters located on the South Plaza and between the BE and SAM buildings.

10. NO drugs (including marijuana) or alcohol on campus. Using marijuana may now be legal in Washington State, but it is not allowed on the SCC campus. DO NOT come to class under the influence of alcohol or drugs! If you do, your teacher can ask you to leave the class and you will be marked absent. You can also face disciplinary action.

11. NO pets or other animals allowed in classes or on campus. Only service animals specially trained to assist students with disabilities are permitted on campus (for example, trained seeing-eye dog to assist students who are visually impaired).

12. Do not drop trash on the floors. Use the trash and recycle bins.

13. Behave politely and respectfully on campus outside of class. Do not shout or talk loudly on your cell phone in the halls. Be quiet in the library. Do not make noise and disturb other classes.

If you do not follow the above rules...

Please remember that you are at a college and therefore in an adult environment and are expected to behave like an adult.  Students who do not follow the program’s behavioral expectations will get only one or two warnings. Therefore, if your teacher asks you to stop talking, speak only English and/or put away your phone, please do it. If you argue, refuse or must be told repeatedly to do something, your teacher can ask you to leave the class and can initiate disciplinary action against you. In addition, you could receive a zero (0.0) grade and/or could be marked absent for that day.

SCIE Attendance Policy

Students must come to class punctually every day. Attendance will be a big part of a student's grade in every class.

If an illness or emergency causes you to miss class, contact your teachers by email to let them know. If you are sick or have an accident and a doctor tells you that you are too ill or injured to attend classes for a few days, contact your teachers and/or your IP advisor and then bring in a doctor’s note when you return to school.

Important Note: Submission of a doctor’s note does not guarantee an absence will be excused! All doctor’s notes will be carefully examined by your teacher(s) and/or SCIE Administration to determine its authenticity before deciding whether it will be accepted and the absence(s) in question excused. Routine non-emergency doctor and dentist appointments can be scheduled outside of class time and are generally considered unexcused. A doctor’s note that says only that you had an appointment in the office may be insufficient to excuse an absence. The note should provide verification that you were too ill or injured to attend class and/or make normal academic progress.

Attendance Policy

Missing days of class will result in the following:

- 5 absences*: Warning notice
- 15 absences**: 0.0 grade and suspension

Note: For 4-day M-Th classes, this is equal to 4 and 12 absences.***

- 3 absences*: Warning notice
- 9 absences**: 0.0 grade and suspension

* If you are absent 5 times (3 in summer) in any ONE core class, you will receive a WARNING via email.

If you are already on probation and are absent 10 times (6 in summer), you will be SUSPENDED.

If you are absent from ALL your classes for 10 consecutive days (6 in summer), you will be immediately SUSPENDED from the program.

** If you are absent 15 times (9 in summer) from any ONE core class, you will receive a 0.0 grade, will not be allowed to repeat the course, and will be SUSPENDED from the program, even if it is your first quarter in SCIE and/or you are passing your other classes.

*** Please note that maximum absences allowed in core classes that meet 4 days per week, Monday-Thursday, during fall, winter and spring quarters, the absences policy is as follows:
- 4 absences = warning notice;
- 12  absences = 0.0 grade and suspension.

Although SCIE will attempt to provide written warnings and notices, you are responsible for tracking your own absences and grades. During the last two or three (2-3) weeks of classes, attendance notices may NOT be sent. However, students are still expected to follow the SCIE attendance policy throughout the quarter and can still be suspended for excessive absences, regardless of whether or not they received a warning notice. Students who have exceeded the maximum allowable number of absences and/or who are not recommended to repeat a class will be reviewed for suspension after the end of the quarter during the first week of the quarter break. Suspension notices are sent via e-mail within five (5) working days after the suspension review meeting is held. Students have five (5) working days to submit a suspension appeal to SCIE Dean.

Students who are suspended from SCIE may not return to study in SCIE again until after three (3) complete quarters have passed from the date of the suspension. As a result, your student visa status may be affected. Furthermore, to continue study in the United States, you will need to find another school.

Important notes

Suspension and student health insurance: If you are suspended from SCIE and have student health insurance purchased through Seattle Central College, your health insurance policy will no longer be effective.

Early withdrawal and suspension: Early withdrawal from classes will not prevent you from being suspended from SCIE. If you have a record of poor attendance and low grades and drop your classes and go home before a quarter is over, you can still not be allowed to repeat a class and be suspended from the program, especially if you are already repeating the class.

Illness and Absences: Students are expected to attend all their classes every day. However, we do understand that sometimes students get sick or have emergencies that can cause them to miss school. If this happens to you, be sure to contact your teachers by email to let them know you need to miss class and how long you expect to be absent. If you are ill for more than two or three days, see a doctor.

When you miss class, you cannot participate in class activities or practice your English. If you miss too many classes, it will affect your learning and hurt your grade. If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact one of your classmates to see what you have missed. Missing class is not an excuse for not doing assignments.

Being late (tardy) to class: Arriving to class late (tardy), is disruptive and considered disrespectful to the teacher and other students. In many classes, tardies (or leaving early) can add up to absences. For example, some teachers may tell you that being 15 minutes late 3 times is equivalent to missing 45 minutes of class, which equals to 1 absence. Therefore, it’s very important that you arrive to each of your classes on time!

Making academic progress

Students are required to make satisfactory academic progress in the Institute of English, which means they must attend school and be successful in their courses each quarter. Students who have poor attendance, do not pass a class for the third time, or receive very low grades in all of their classes are, according to U.S. F-1 visa rules, “failing to make satisfactory progress”.

Consequences of Failure to Make Satisfactory Progress and Suspension from SCIE:
Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress will be suspended from the Institute of English, and will need to transfer to a different school or leave the U.S. They will be considered out of status by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Requirements for passing SCIE core courses

Core SCIE courses are the required classes, such as Reading/Writing/Grammar (RWG), Speaking/Listening/Grammar (SLG), College Bridge (CB), Academic Writing (AW), Academic Listening & Discussion (ALD), and Lecture Comprehension & Discussion (LCD). To graduate from the Institute of English and College Bridge Program, students must pass ALD or LCD*, and both CB6 and AW6 (*LCD is not required for new students who place directly into CB6).

If you wish to truly learn English and make academic progress in SCIE, you will need to be responsible for your own learning. This means you should demonstrate your effort to learn the course material and pass your classes by doing the following:

- Attend all your classes every day, and come to class on time.
- Bring your book and required materials to class each day.
- Do all your homework assignments and submit them on time.
- Participate in class discussions and activities.
- Speak only English in class.
- Study for your quizzes and tests.
- Do all your OWN work!

Moving Up to the Next Level of ESL

In SCIE, your academic success and final course grades are based on your English proficiency.

- Proficiency is your level of English. Proficiency is how well you understand and communicate in English without any preparation beforehand and without outside help from a book, the internet, tutor, friend, etc.
- Your English proficiency will be assessed in class through the use of quizzes, proficiency tests, and/or essays.
- You must achieve a minimum English proficiency grade of 70% (2.0) to demonstrate sufficient mastery of the course material to be successful at the next level.
- If your final proficiency grade is below 70% at the end of this quarter, you will earn a grade of 69% (1.9) or lower and will need to repeat the course (core courses only).
- Even if you try really hard and come to class and participate every day, you still might not pass if your English proficiency is not high enough for the next level.

To improve your English proficiency, it’s important that you use English whenever and wherever you can, even when you speak with classmates from your home country. This will not only help you learn English more quickly, but it will also improve your confidence and independence in using the language.

Repeating Courses in SCIE

Students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress while studying in SCIE. We understand that learning English is an individual and personal process, and may take some students more time to learn than others. If you attend school every day, participate in your classes, do your own work, complete homework and projects on time and to the best of your ability, and study for and take all tests and quizzes, but still fail a course because your English proficiency is not yet high enough to move up to the next level, you will be allowed to repeat the course TWO (2) times. However, if you did not attend regularly, made little or no effort to learn, or earned a zero (0.0) grade in the class, you may not be allowed to repeat even once, even if it is your first quarter in SCIE and/or you are passing your other classes.

Students not allowed to repeat a class will be SUSPENDED from the program, even if they are passing their other classes. Students who are suspended from SCIE will need to find another school or return to their home country.

Skipping a Level in SCIE

Occasionally, when students do exceptionally well in an ESL class, their instructor may recommend that they skip a level (for example skip from level 4 reading to level 6 reading, without taking level 5). However, such recommendations to skip a level are rare and given only to a very small number of students each quarter. Students are permitted to skip a level ONLY if they demonstrate a significant increase in English proficiency that is far beyond that of the other students in the class, and ONLY if they are able to demonstrate mastery of the material at the next level. Only your teacher can decide whether your proficiency is high enough to skip a level. Students are advised to make an appointment with their instructor if they wish to discuss issues related to their English proficiency.

Exams, Quizzes, Presentations, Projects, and Essays

Do not miss exams, quizzes, presentations, projects or major essay assignments! Your instructor is not required to allow you to take exams or quizzes, or turn in essays, projects or presentations late, even if you are absent due to illness or emergency. You may receive a zero (0.0) grade if you do not show up to take the test or do not complete or turn in an assignment on time. If you are absent because of illness on the day of a quiz or test or when a big project or paper is due, your instructor has the right to ask you for a doctor’s note to prove you were too sick to go to class before allowing you to make up the work.


Repeaters, Probation and Attendance in SCIE

Students who receive an ACADEMIC PROBATION letter from the SCIE office must attend all their classes regularly and pass the second time, or they will be suspended. Probationers who have 10 absences (6 in summer) in any one class can be suspended immediately, before the end of the quarter, even if they are attending and passing all their other classes. Students who fail the same class three (3) times will NOT be allowed to take the class a fourth (4th) time and will be suspended.

Students who receive a warning letter from the SCIE office for academic dishonesty or other disciplinary reasons are on DISCIPLINARY PROBATION. Students on disciplinary probation will be immediately suspended if they are involved in a second incidence of academic dishonesty or other serious breach of the SCC student conduct code.


Mid-term and Final Exams

Your teachers will tell you the dates of your mid-term and final exams. You may NOT take any mid-term or final exam early or late, NO EXCEPTIONS, even if you are ill on the day of the exam. If you are not present on the day of your final exam, you will get a zero (0.0) grade for that exam. Missing a mid-term and/or final exam can cause you to fail a class!

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing an illness or emergency that will cause you to be absent from class, miss a test or due date for an important assignment, always be sure to communicate with your teacher! E-mail is the fastest and most secure way to contact your instructors.

Test Scores and College-Level English Proficiency

The following policies relate to current students enrolled in the Institute of English who obtain proof of proficiency high enough to take the college English placement test, or high enough for direct placement in college classes.

English Proficiency to Sit for the College English Placement Test:
Students enrolled in levels 1 – 3 of the Intensive English Program who obtain proof of English proficiency high enough for College Bridge or Advanced English (please refer to our webpage for details) will be given a referral to take the placement test. They will be placed in a specific level based on their results, in the next available quarter.

Students whose English placement scores indicate a Reading, Writing or Listening proficiency two levels below College Bridge or Advanced ESL level 4 will remain placed in our Intensive ESL program and will not be guaranteed College Bridge or Advanced ESL.

Students already in College Bridge or Advanced ESL who obtain proof of English proficiency for any specific level of College Bridge or Advanced English will not be eligible to test based on submission of these scores.

English Proficiency for Direct Placement in College Classes:
Students enrolled in the Institute of English who obtain an IELTS, TOEFL, ACT, or SAT score high enough for direct placement in college classes will be allowed to register for full-time college classes once the scores are verified. In certain cases, more extensive review and investigation of scores may be required before the test provider will verify scores. Students will not be allowed to register for full-time classes until scores are validated by the test provider.

Use of Tutoring Services at the SCC Learning Support Center

You are responsible for following these procedures any time you use the free tutoring services available to SCIE students at the Learning Support Center, in room BE 2102. In order to take advantage of SCIE’s tutoring services, you need to:

a. Be currently enrolled in SCIE.

b. Sign in and sign out of your appointment at the front desk of the Center. Sign in within 10 minutes of your appointment start time. When your tutoring session is finished, sign out before leaving the Center.

c. If you do not sign in for your appointment within 10 minutes of the start time, you are automatically counted as a no-show and another student can have your appointment.

d. You may sign up for no more than two (2) tutoring appointments per week, no matter how many classes you are taking.

e. IMPORTANT: If you cannot come to your tutoring appointment, call the Center at 206-934-0972 at least 30 minutes before your appointment time in order to cancel your appointment. Don’t keep your tutor waiting for you! It is considered very rude to not show up to an appointment without calling the Center to let them know you will not be coming.

f. If you miss four (4) appointments that you have not cancelled at least 30 minutes before you appointment begins, you will not be able to make any more appointments that quarter.

g. Be courteous and respectful of the tutors at all times.

h. Additional information about using SCIE tutoring services at the Learning Support Center will be provided to students at the beginning of each quarter.

Homework & Life Outside the English Classroom

Students should generally expect to do one hour of homework outside of class for each hour in class. Does this mean you do not need to use English the rest of the day? No! Any time you use English you are improving your proficiency, so try to spend time talking with others in English: join other SCIE students for weekly conversations, ask for directions, order food in a restaurant, or talk to someone when you go shopping. Try reading English: menus, newspapers or magazines. Try listening to English: watch television or movies in English or listen to people talking on the bus. Try writing English: write a letter in English or keep a journal. Of course, you need to relax and have fun. Soon, it will be easy to do this in English, too.

SCIE Policy on Academic Dishonesty

SCIE students are expected to be honest in taking their tests and doing their coursework. This means that when you take a test or submit a paper to your teacher for a grade, you are claiming it is your own work. Anything different from that is academic dishonesty.

There are two kinds of academic dishonesty: CHEATING and PLAGIARISM. Here in the U.S., both are unacceptable and considered serious academic crimes. Academic dishonesty may cause you to fail your classes and/or be suspended from the Institute of English. It will also greatly slow your progress in learning English. In SCIE, cheating and plagiarism can result in a zero (0.0/100) on the test or assignment, and could result in failing the course. To avoid academic dishonesty, ALWAYS do your own work!

Students caught plagiarizing an essay or cheating on a standardized English placement test given by SCIE or the SCC Testing Center may be immediately dismissed from SCIE.


Cheating is copying homework or class assignment or a test from another person and pretending it is your own work. Cheating is also allowing someone else to copy from you, or providing answers to an assignment or test to someone else.

Do not cheat on homework, quizzes or tests, or allow another person to copy your work. If you are caught, you will get a zero (0.0) grade for the assignment or test.

To avoid cheating, follow these basic rules:

- Do not talk during tests.
- Do not look at other students’ work.
- Do not walk around during tests.
- Do not take “cheat sheets” or notes into a test.
- Do not use electronic devices during a test: turn them all OFF and put them away.
- Do not copy another student’s work.
- Do not let another student read or copy your work.
- Do not provide another student questions and/or answers to a test.


Plagiarism is when you copy or memorize ideas or text from a friend, relative, or classmate or from a book, magazine, newspaper, live lecture, or the internet and pretend it is your own work. Plagiarism is a serious academic crime and can result in very bad consequences for you. It is easily discovered and can result in a zero (0.0/100) on the assignment, and could even result in failing the course. When you write a journal, summary or an essay, or give an oral presentation, both the choice of words and the grammatical structure must be your own.

Basic Rules to Follow Are:

- Do not download material from the internet, or copy material from any published or unpublished work or from the work of a friend or classmate, insert it in a paper, essay, journal, oral presentation, exam or any other assignment and then pretend it is your own work. Do not memorize the words or text written by someone else and then pretend it is your own work. You must always give credit to words or ideas that are not your own by naming the source of those words or ideas.
- If you want to include a sentence or a passage written by somebody else in your work, write a note to say where the words or ideas are from, for example, “From Newsweek, ‘The New Economy,’ February 14, 2012, page 25”.
- If you are unsure about how to give credit to the source of material you wish to include in your work, ask your teacher to show you how to correctly write a citation.

For more information about academic dishonesty, consult the:

- Seattle Central College Student Handbook, pages 40-42
- Washington Administrative Code (WAC) on Student Misconduct, Chapter 132F-121-110

(1) Any act of course-related dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating or plagiarism.
     a. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, using, or attempting to use, any material, assistance, or source which has not been authorized by the instructor to satisfy any expectation or requirement in an instructional course, or obtaining, without authorization, test questions or answers or other academic material that belong to another.
     b. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, using another person's ideas, words, or other work in an instructional course without properly crediting that person.
     c. Academic dishonesty also includes, but is not limited to, submitting in an instructional course either information that is known to be false (while concealing that falsity) or work that is substantially the same as that previously submitted in another course (without the current instructor's approval). 

(2) Any other act of college-related dishonesty. Such acts include, but are not limited to:
     a. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any district document, record, or instrument of identification;
     b. Furnishing false information or failing to furnish correct information, in response to the request or requirement of a district officer or employee.

Full details about WAC 132F-121-110 can be found at

SCIE Refund Policy

Withdrawal from class prior to the first day of class =100% refund
Withdrawal from class within first five calendar days = 80% refund
Withdrawal from class within sixth - fourteenth calendar days = 50% refund
Withdrawal from class after fourteenth calendar day = 0 (no refund)