Academic Guidelines


On your first day of school, you will complete a placement test and you will be interviewed to determine your level.
Because of nerves, your test results may not reflect your ability. Don’t worry. Your teachers will speak with you if they believe you would belong to another level.


CLLC is an English-only school. However, CLLC provides individual language assistance in an office, away from the common student areas,  to meet the needs of a more serious situation. Here, a student would be allowed to speak their first language in order to express their needs (with staff only, in a designated office).



Monday classes allow teachers to take up the weekly test, review difficult material from the past week,  introduce the upcoming week’s topic in a fun and interesting way, or  customize the class to meet some specific goals.



Every Friday you will have a test. During the week you will learn new grammar, vocabulary, and other skills. The weekly test gives you a chance to practice and apply everything you have learned that week. It also gives you and your teachers a chance to check your progress.



Each month you will receive a report for the previous month. These reports contain the average grades for Attendance, Homework, Assignments, and Tests, in addition to an overall letter grade and percentage (e.g. 75% = B ), including teacher comments.


Plagiarism means using someone else’s words or ideas as your own. In Canadian schools, including CLLC, this is considered a serious offence. You will learn how to properly cite the words or ideas of others. If you have plagiarized, your teacher will:

  • Speak with you about it and will ask you to redo the work
  • Give you ‘0’ on the assignment, depending on how much of it was plagiarized, and you may be asked to speak with your Academic Manager
  • Ask you to attend a Probationary Meeting with your Academic Manager and Campus Director

At this meeting, the consequences of plagiarizing will be discussed. You may be placed on academic probation, or you may attend a remedial class, or be asked to move down a level. 


Like plagiarism, cheating on tests is considered a serious offence. You can cheat by looking at someone else’s test, writing out answers ahead of time on your desk, or a piece of paper  or by willingly sharing your answers with another student. If you are suspected of cheating:

  • 1st Offence – Your teacher will ask to speak with you after class and you will be asked to rewrite the test
  • 2nd Offence – You will receive a “zero” on your test
  • 3rd Offence – You will attend a Probationary Meeting with your Academic Manager and Campus Director where the consequences of your cheating will be discussed
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A minimum of 160 class hours are needed to qualify for a Move Up test. You may miss 3 classes per month, with permission. If you need to miss more than 3 classes, you will be asked to bring in a note to your Academic Manager....

who will excuse you from class. Without these notes, you will be marked absent and will lose your attendance marks.


You will be able to attend class if you are less than 10 minutes late. If you are more than 10 minutes late, please go to the student lounge and wait until the break. Please do not ask your teacher if you can enter....

If you have a good reason for being late, then please see your Student Services Counsellor. He or she will give you a slip of paper allowing you to enter class. If you are more than one hour late, please wait for the next break or next class.


The CCAP is CLLC’s unique plan to support you if you receive a score between 60% – 74% on your Move Up test. In the CCAP you will be permitted to move up to the next level but must agree to certain conditions....

• Maintain a minimum of 75% attendance
• Complete all of your homework
• Complete additional work that your Academic Manager gives you
• Meet with your Academic Manager weekly to discuss your progress * Not meeting these conditions may place you on academic probation


You are expected to attend all classes, do your homework, and study for tests. The passing grade is “B” or 75%. The failing grade is “F” or 55%. Your Academic Manager will meet with you if you receive a grade of “C” on your monthly report.....

If you receive a failing grade of “F” 2 months in a row you will be asked to meet your Academic Manager and sign a Probationary Contract. If you are struggling at your level, please speak with your teachers.


Depending on the number of students, you may be in one of 3 schedules. If you would like to change your schedule, please speak with your Academic Manager. You may also ask to change your class or teacher. Your Academic Manager will meet with you to discuss available options. All schedule and class changes are made at the beginning of the week and cannot be done midweek. CLLC also has 3 policies regarding class combinations or closures:


Combining Two Classes

If a class is at the same level and period, has 4 or fewer students for 2 weeks consecutively, and is combinable with another class in the same city, that class will be combined.


Closing a Class

IIf a class has 4 or fewer students for 2 weeks consecutively it will be closed if there is space at the same level in a different shift in the same city


Splitting a Class

If a class is at 100% capacity for 2 consecutive weeks, the Academic Manager will determine if there is space in another class in the same city and same period, to accommodate the overflow from the L/S & R/W classes.


CLLC offers a variety of Plus One classes on a 2-week rotation. During your 1st week of studies, you will attend a Canadian Cultural Orientation during Plus One that will introduce you to your new city, common Canadian customs and life at CLLC Following your first week, you can choose from a variety of classes that offer a customized learning, address areas of development, or simply have fun. Plus One classes cover a range of topics to suit all needs and abilities. If you would like to study something that you don’t see offered, simply suggest it to your  teacher or Academic Manager.


You cannot use cell phones in class unless approved by your teacher. If you disrupt the class by using your phone in any way, your teacher will ask you to put it away. If you continue to use your phone, you will be asked to speak with your Academic Manager. If you need to keep your cell phone on for an important reason, please put your phone on vibrate. When you receive the call, quietly leave the class and return to class when finished.


You must own CLLC textbooks (in the proper edition) and bring them to every class. In class they are used as both a textbook and a workbook. Because you will be writing in these textbooks, you are not permitted to bring a used textbook to class unless it has no writing in it. Any used textbook must be approved by the Student Services Counsellor or Academic Manager. As you may change levels, please don’t write in your textbook in your first week.


Generally, you will be one of the 95% of CLLC students that spends up to 10 weeks in each level. This allows you time to develop the skills for your next level. However, you can write the Move Up test at any time, once per level. You will write the Move Up test on a Friday and will receive notice of your mark by the following Friday.

We have different online placement tests for different programs. Please Contact one of our Team to create an online placement test account and schedule a test in the coming days.