University English: the blog for ESL students

December 17, 2010

Final Marks

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 1:57 am

You can see your final marks next Thursday, December 23rd, on the Inha portal site,

If you think that there was a mistake, or have a question about your mark, contact me by leaving a comment here, at this blog site.

However, if there wasn’t a mistake, then the mark will not be changed. If you need a good grade because you need a scholarship, to stay in the student dormitory, etcetera, then you should study hard for it. The marks are based upon student rankings. If an “B” student goes up to an “A”, then an “A” student goes down to a “B”. This is unfair to the other student. They have a higher mark because they worked harder. You should not get a higher mark just because you complain. As I said, if you want a high mark, then work hard.

Remember that your English mark is:

80% = English Course

20% = Mid-term exam

So, even if I give you an “A” you might receive a “B” because of your mid-term exam.

You can retake any mark below a C+. So, if you have a mark below a C+, you can take the course again. If you do that, your old mark is deleted and replaced with the new mark, whether it is higher or lower.

Below is a letter from Jason Ham, formally one of the coordinators of the University English (UE) program at Inha University. What he says is similar to what I wrote above (but longer and more complex).


Dear UE Student:

UE conversation classes are planned and conducted by UE teachers and each student is awarded a score out of 80 in the conversation class based on their performance in the areas of attendance, participation, quizzes, tests, and/or any additional assignments. This score must be curved and no two students may receive the same score. The UE teacher does not directly control the score of the midterm, nor the final letter grade that is awarded to the student. The midterm score (out of 20) is added to the conversation class score (out of 80). The total (out of 100) is evaluated relative to the rest of the students in the student’s track and a letter grade is awarded by UE administration. The UE teacher is not informed of the student’s final letter grade unless an error occurs.

Each UE teacher runs their classes professionally and assesses each student fairly, so there is little point in trying to argue or negotiate for a higher score—most UE teachers increase their students’ raw marks to fit into the grading curve anyway (so final marks are generally already inflated). Under the current relative-evaluation system, ultimately controlled by the administration, there is really nothing the UE teacher can do to change a mark unless an error has been made.

Teachers may share individual raw results with students who would like to know how they did on particular assessments, but beyond that, if there is no formal complaint or error, it remains in the best interest of the student to accept the score that was awarded to them. I hope this helps clarify things for you.

Mr. Ham


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